Imagine Milestone II

When Imagine: The Campaign for Vanguard University launched in 2019, we had no idea how the Lord would bless Vanguard. Looking back on His provision and the generosity of the VU community, we are simply astonished.

It is amazing to witness the outpouring of generosity by so many in our community that care deeply about Christian higher education and raising up the next generation of Christ-centered leaders.

Milestone II of Imagine: The Campaign for Vanguard University has resulted thus far in $23 million. As we continue to march toward meeting our goal of 500 dedicated, generous donors to help conclude this phase of Imagine, will you prayerfully consider investing in the Imagine campaign and be one of the 500?

Your participation in Imagine will: ensure students and the Vanguard community have a dynamic athletics and learning facility, make the transformational Vanguard educational experience accessible and affordable for all students, and empower Vanguard’s future as we become the leading source for Christian higher education in California.  

Ways to Support Imagine:

Finish the Freed

We are in our final push toward completing the Freed Center. This amazing building will be an epicenter of competition and learning, of inspiration and transformation. The Freed Center will be the headquarters for Lions Athletics, the new home of the kinesiology program, and a campus and community meeting place to celebrate and commemorate. 

Honoring Coach Russ Davis

As a college basketball coach, Russ Davis has hall of fame pedigree. The Vanguard Athletics legend, however, is also renowned in regard to the life change and transformation experienced by hundreds of athletes, on and off the court. Join us in naming a portion of the Freed Center for Leadership and Service in honor of Coach Davis.

Purchase a Piece of The Pit

Before The Pit was demolished to make way for the Freed Center for Leadership and Service, pieces of the floor were salvaged. A limited number of pieces are available for $500.

Support the Imagine Campaign

Dreaming big, securing our future, and enhancing the campus through a multi-phased capital campaign that supports a 30-year campus master plan.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask
or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to
him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Ephesians 3:20-21

About the Imagine Campaign

Milestone I: COMPLETED

Vanguard exceeded the $12.9 million campaign goal by raising over $13 million for construction of the Waugh Student Center (completed in 2020) and growth of the University endowment. 

Milestone II

Vanguard forges ahead into our second milestone, seeking to raise $18.8 million toward construction of the Freed Center for Leadership and Service and the continued strengthening of the Vanguard endowment.

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Vanguard on the Rise

Vanguard University is experiencing significant growth while remaining true to our Christ-centered mission that has guided us for more than a century. We are paving clear pathways to a Vanguard education, transforming our campus to enhance the student experience, and cultivating resources for academic and career achievement so every student thrives. As we look ahead, we see a Vanguard that is on the rise! 

Campaign News

January 5, 2022: Vanguard University announces the Freed Center for Leadership and Service, the centerpiece of the second milestone of Imagine: the Campaign for Vanguard University, a $18.8 million campaign.  

December 2020: Vanguard has exceeded the $12.9 million Milestone I campaign goal by raising over $13 million for construction of the Waugh Student Center (completed in 2020) and growth of the University endowment. 

February 2019: Vanguard’s 30-year campus master plan has been approved by the City of Costa Mesa. Including a dozen projects, the master plan establishes a long-term vision for the 40-acre campus that will enhance the VU experience. 

For more than a century, Vanguard has had a singular focus on preparing women and men to fulfill God’s call upon their lives. As a university, we build into people’s lives, and the Imagine campaign is a way to invest in our students today and for years to come.


Would you like more information about Imagine?

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Justin McIntee
Vice President for University Advancement