Biola University successfully completes the largest fundraising initiative in its history.

The Campaign for Biola University


In January 2012, that A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University was officially launched.

The goal was to raise $180 million for the university in the span of five years. The large sum—nine times larger than Biola’s previous largest fundraising campaign—was so that we could increase our scholarship funds, strengthen our academics, enhance our global reach and make campus improvements like the construction of the new Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health.

Thanks to the generosity of thousands of alumni, parents and friends, we have successfully exceeded our goal of raising $180 million for Biola.

Because of the support from friends like you, Biola University’s existing momentum has been accelerated. Physical buildings are rising on campus, online and hybrid programs are flourishing, academic centers have been established, new scholarship funds are easing the financial burden for students. And there is much more to come. The impact of this campaign will be felt for years to come.

Campaign Results





Total goal



Gifts of a million or more


Total supporters


Average gift size


Largest single cash gift

The Campaign for Biola University successfully raised $214 million to support the university in the following areas:


$82.9M raised

Improve Student Affordability

$75.2M raised

Provide Facilities that Inspire Learning

$17.8M raised

Influence the World of Ideas

$1.3M raised

Extend Biola’s Global Reach

$36.8M raised

Securing Biola's Future (Estate Planning)

Here are just a few tangible examples of how the funding is already being used to make a difference in the lives of Biola students and further the cause of Christ around the world.


Endowed and Restricted Scholarships


Biola Fund and Other Current Initiatives


Talbot East


Center for Science, Technology and Health


Biola Athletics


Kavalich Park


Marshburn Hall


Eagles Nest Expansion


Biola Cafe Expansion


Blackstone Cafe


Heritage Cafe


Campus Improvements


Cinema and Media Arts


Center for Christian Thought


Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts


Center for Marriage and Relationships


Center for the Work and Ministry of the Holy Spirit Today


International Programs and Global Reach


Faculty Research


Securing Biola’s Future (Estate Planning)

Campaign Timeline

  • 2010

    Campaign pre-planning begins

  • 2012

    Biola's Board of Trustees approves the launch of a 5-year, $180M fundraising campaign

  • 2012-2015

    Biola secures lead gifts from families and friends of the institution

  • May 9, 2015

    Biola launches the campaign to the public at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles

  • 2015-2016

    Biola seeks additional support to meet fundraising goal of $180M

  • December 31, 2016

    Biola concludes the most historic fundraising campaign in university history

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