Friends of Hope Africa University, Inc. seeks donations from individuals, foundations and businesses for cash or gifts in kind that can be used for scholarships, new programs and facilities development. Even though tuition is about $1,500 per year, for the past several years the university has been operationally independent, deriving its principal income from tuition and fees.
Donors are assured 100% of their gifts go directly to the University for its ministries and programs. Friends, board members and other volunteers cover their own operational costs to make this possible and from 2000 through 2018 over $10,000,000 had been given for all uses by HAU.
In just six months, January through June 2021, $512,600 was distributed to HAU for the following purposes:
Future needs include $600,000 to complete medical and science laboratories on the Bujumbura campus and $2,000,000 for a branch campus on Mt. Hope, near Gitega, the national capitol. A study is underway for long range needs at the Kibuye Hope Hospital but it is expected that several million dollars will be needed as the hospital is expanded and needed infrastructure is developed to support that ministry. A small endowment has been started but $1,000,000 more is needed to ensure regular income for Hope Africa University.
Friends of Hope Africa University has been approved by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and is listed in USAID’s Registry of Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs). This allows Friends of HAU to compete for USAID grants and cooperative agreements. The primary motivation in applying for this recognition is to have access to the process for securing surplus educational and medical equipment for Hope Africa University and its related entities.
Friends of Hope Africa University has been approved and certified by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization and all gifts are receipted and fully tax deductible to the limits allowed by law.