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Honor Roll of Donors

With your ongoing support, we will continue opening doors, in education and in life, for the next generation of Avila University graduates.


Dear Avila Supporters,

Transformational. It’s a word that carries a lot of meaning at Avila University. In fact, it strikes at the very heart of Avila’s mission. Since its founding by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, our mission is to make a difference in the lives of students from around the corner and around the world.

In the past few years, through the generosity of donors like you, Avila has transformed our small campus tucked away in south Kansas City into an impressive civic jewel in which the entire metropolitan area can take great pride. Our students come ready to learn and embrace learning to its fullest. It’s our job to turn their desire into the experiences that transform.

As you read this website, you’ll see students, faculty, alumni and supporters who are experiencing transformations. This is all possible because of your generosity.

With our great progress, one thing remains the same – the open, friendly and engaging Avila environment that we call home. These are exciting times at Avila. We have achieved much, but our vision is to the future. With your ongoing support, we will continue opening doors, in education and in life, for the next generation of Avila University graduates.

With Sincere Thanks,

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Robert Hunter
Chair, Board of Trustees

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Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., CSJA


For more information, contact Deanna Nelson, Senior Director of Development - Major Gifts, at 816-501-2435 or deanna.nelson@avila.edu.

  • Lifetime Giving Societies
  • Heritage Society

President’s Circle members are truly partners in Avila's mission. Annual donors of $1,000 and above, as well as Heritage Society members and lifetime donors will be celebrated as modern-day founders of Avila. This generosity has provided for undergraduate scholarships, campus renovations, current technology for classrooms and library materials, among a host of other areas.

President’s Circle Donors receive the following benefits:

  • Listing in Accent Magazine and Avila University website, and other University publications, including the President’s Circle Newsletter
  • Invitation to the annual spring Donor Barbecue
  • Free admittance to select campus events
  • Invitations to additional Avila special events (determined by gift amount)
  • Opportunities to meet one-on-one with President Dr. Ron Slepitza (determined by gift amount)

For more information about the President’s Circle, contact Celeste Greenlee, Executive Director of Development, at 816-501-2450 or Celeste.Greenlee@avila.edu.

Click here to view the 2013-2014 Annual Report


The Avila Heritage Society was established in 1988 to recognize the remarkable contributions of Avila alumni and friends who have made provisions in their estate plans or lifetime planned gifts to support the ongoing and future needs of the University. Such provisions may include: 

» Bequests through Wills and Trusts 
» Life Insurance Policies 
» Gift Annuities 
» Charitable Remainder or Lead Trusts 
» Appreciated Securities 
» Real Estate and Life Estates in Homes 
» Other Creative and Tax-Advantaged Methods

Our members include individuals and families who are interested in supporting the future endowment growth and strength of a vibrant Avila University. Individuals, corporations and foundations that have funded named endowed scholarships are also included as members of the Avila Heritage Society Roll of Honor.

The annual Avila Heritage Day Celebration is held on the Avila University campus to recognize and show appreciation to Avila Heritage Society members. We also acknowledge the significant financial support provided by our deceased members through the years.

For more information about the Heritage Society, bequests, estate gifts, or other planned giving, contact Keith Jaloma, director of major gifts, at 816-501-3639 or keith.jaloma@avila.edu.





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