Why Philanthropy Matters


An Exciting Era at LMU

Lincoln Memorial University has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years. We are enormously proud of our medical school, the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (DCOM) that opened its doors in 2007, and our law school, the John J. Duncan School of Law (DSOL), that welcomed its first class in 2009. The medical school and the law school are the first two pieces of a three-piece puzzle. On the horizon is a new facility that would house a new engineering program, as well as improved undergraduate math and science offerings. All of these things are possible because you, our alumni and friends, have continued to support us despite the tough economic times. As a result of the growth in academic programs, our on-campus population is increasing as well, creating an immediate need for additional campus housing. We’d welcome the opportunity to talk to you about how you can be an active part of the exciting era at LMU. Contact us today.

In Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) 115-year history vision, foresight and leadership have played important roles in the founding, growth and success of the University. It was LMU’s namesake, President Abraham Lincoln, who first challenged people to see this great institution when he pointed to a map and told General O.O. Howard to go there and do something for the loyal people of Appalachia. And now LMU’s leadership is again challenging students, faculty, staff and the community to see the vibrant future of this career-path University. Because of you, our alumni and friends, and your support we’ve seen our rolls grow by nearly 60%; we’ve opened the doors to Tennessee’s newest medical and law schools in the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Duncan School of Law; and we’ve seen those new programs grow even in their infancy with the addition of the Physician Assistant program at DCOM and a full-time day program at DSOL. LMU is literally moving mountains as it continues to develop its 1,000-acre campus in Harrogate. The University will break ground on a new classroom and laboratory building this summer. The 120,000-plus square foot building will be the home for math, science and nursing classrooms and labs. It will also include space for student and faculty research. The new programs and facilities have had an even more dramatic effect on our undergraduate enrollment. Our University housing is already at capacity for fall and we continue to push our dining facilities to the limit. The time to act is now. We appreciate your continued support despite the tough economic times and we hope you can help us solve our housing crunch. Please contact us today to see how you can be a part of our exciting growth. —O. V. (Pete) DeBusk


A Growing Institution

"The support of LMU alumni and friends continues to drive the tremendous growth of our institution, and we are committed to helping you remain an active partner in the advancement of the University."

Cynthia Whitt
Vice President for University Advancement

What is a Major Gift?

Major Gift programs are directed toward INDIVIDUAL donors. However, these individual donors may make their gifts from companies they own, foundations they have established or from their own personal resources.

What is an Endowment?

An endowment is an aggregation of assets invested by the University to support its educational mission. An endowment allows donors to transfer their private dollars to public purposes with the assurance that their gifts will serve these purposes for as long as the institution continues to exist.

The endowment fund supports student scholarships, faculty chairs, faculty development and facility maintenance.

What is a Planned Gift?

While Annual gifts and Major gifts are given "outright," Planned gifts are established in a way that is typically fulfilled after a term of years or following the passing of one or more individuals.

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Lincoln Memorial University
Cumberland Gap Parkway
P.O. Box 2005
Harrogate, TN 37752

423.869.7072 or 800.325.0900, ext. 7072