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Lipscomb Opportunity Fund

Investment Goal: $1M

Lipscomb Opportunity Scholarships help students and families who need a little extra financial aid to make their Lipscomb dreams come true. These scholarships not only make Lipscomb more affordable, but they also make Lipscomb more competitive. An average gift of less than $5,000 per academic year can often make it possible for a student to choose Lipscomb who wouldn’t be able to otherwise. Last year, to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the university’s Board of Trustees and university senior leadership team contributed over $1 million to Lipscomb Opportunity Scholarships. As a result, more than 75 students were able to attend Lipscomb who would not have been able to enroll, helping Lipscomb achieve record enrollment in one of the most challenging years in the history of higher education.

Faculty Excellence Award

Investment: $125,000 per endowed award x 5 awards still to be funded = $625,000

Although Lipscomb has a limited program that recognizes three outstanding teachers per year—out of nearly 300 full-time faculty—and has reinstituted an annual faculty appreciation dinner, the faculty enhancement goals of LipscombLEADS will be well served by establishing the Faculty Excellence Award, a new annual program of recognition and professional advancement for the university’s most impactful faculty.

Through the Faculty Excellence Award, Lipscomb will celebrate faculty who have successfully combined scholarship, service and significance to shape the lives of students. A first-of-its-kind faculty recognition program at Lipscomb, this new initiative proposes to establish a series of awards that will recognize faculty in six academic disciplines: Humanities and the Arts, Health Sciences, Education, Business, STEM and Bible and Ministry. With a founding endowment of $125,000 for each award, approximately $5,000 will be generated per year per award. Each honoree will receive a $2,500 performance bonus and will be awarded a $2,500 stipend to use for professional advancement activities.

Examples of such activities include:
• Leading an international study abroad or mission trip with students;
• Presenting a paper at an academic conference; or
• Launching a new research activity with the intent to have it published.

Honorees will be asked to report on their professional advancement activities at the faculty retreat in August of each year. The first of these Faculty Excellence Awards has been funded. The Faculty Excellence Award in Education will be renamed the Cowart Faculty Excellence Award in Education in honor of Tom and Glenda Cowart. The first honoree is expected to be announced in September 2021.

Boone Center for Performing Arts

Investment Goal: $10M ($5M – Boone Family Naming Gift (Already pledged); $3M – Lipscomb Investment; and $2M – Additional Fundraising Needed)

The Boone Family Center for the Performing Arts will be the place where Lipscomb not only tells the inspiring stories of those who have come before, but trains the students who will follow in their footsteps. It will be a place that blends inspiration, entertainment and education together in exciting and innovative ways so that this generation can courageously and creatively impact the world.

Distinguishing features
• A 400-seat acoustically treated performance hall
• Design and support spaces for theater, music and film
• A grand lobby connected to the George Shinn Center

While the Boone Center will be focused primarily on the development of artists at Lipscomb University, Middle Tennessee will be a major beneficiary as well. An audit of performance spaces in the area indicates there is a significant need for smaller, beautifully done performance venues that seat 500 or less. This innovative space will not only serve our students but will also serve the Nashville arts community through exclusive partnerships with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), the Nashville Repertory Theatre, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, the Gospel Music Association (GMA), Tokens Show LLC and the Nashville Symphony among others.

Spiritual Formation “10:55 Fund” for Chapel Experience

Investment Goal: $1M

The Lipscomb University community gathers at 10:55am on Tuesdays during the academic year for a chapel experience known as The Gathering. It is a time of worship, prayer, spiritual growth, community building, and encouraging one another in our journey with Jesus. It is one of the many ways Lipscomb seeks to nurture the spiritual lives of students in the context of the academic environment.

The 10:55 Fund will be a new source of funding for the Office of Spiritual Formation to use to enhance the spiritual impact of The Gathering on students. It will provide the resources needed to bring in the world’s leading speakers, thinkers, artists and programs that will influence Lipscomb students for Christ and inspire them in their faith. The goal is to make The Gathering the most exciting, uplifting and transforming hour of each week for the Lipscomb community.

Campaign Accomplishments

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Tomorrow's Learning Environment

Our goal is to build a next-generation campus—one that centers in Green Hills but further extends across Middle Tennessee and to cities around the globe. We are aiming to provide Lipscomb students with the facilities they need to influence our world for good.

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Scholarships & Endowment

With your help, we will increase Lipscomb’s aid to high achieving as well as lower income students, and to build a solid foundation for generations to come, LipscombLEADS aims to grow the permanent endowment to over $100 million to support students, faculty and programs alike.

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21st Century Campus

LipscombLEADS commits to develop a 21st Century campus that includes improvements and expansion of residence opportunities and campus facilities as well as investing in student missions to create a more robust and sustainable missions program.

Campaign Progress

You can see this vision, because you are a part of it.

Thanks to leaders like you, we’ve reached our campaign goal. You have created exciting momentum for Lipscomb’s future … and we’re moving forward to complete four additional priorities.

About the Campaign

$258 million toward our goal of $250 million! 


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Our Stories

We’re leading into the future together.

Christian higher education is among the most influential means for raising up leaders who will impact the world. That's why our vision is a Lipscomb University that serves as the premier national Christian university throughout the 21st century.

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Campus expansion, improvement continued in 2020 despite obstacles
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Campus expansion, improvement continued in 2020 despite obstacles
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Seniors design medical waste incinerator for use in Honduras
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Ways to Give


Join the Associates

The Lipscomb Associate is a donor who makes things happen in a special way. Defined as any donor who annually gives $1000 or more in a 12-month period, Associates are our core partners who make scholarships, special initiatives, academic enrichment and more happen.


Make a Gift

Philanthropy is a natural extension of Lipscomb’s core values. It is a form of service, selfless contribution for the benefit of others. Philanthropy helps to build community, forging ties between donors and recipients. It encourages the extension of knowledge and hastens the pursuit of innovation.


Estate & Gift Planning

Inviduals give to Lipscomb because they know they are supporting one of the top-ranked universities in the Southeast whose students faithfully impact lives and become leaders in their professions and communities.