Help us Ignite CU

What is #IgniteCU?

#IgniteCU is an online fundraising event for alumni, faculty, staff and friends to come together and support Cumberland University’s major gifts initiative: Ignite the Vision. Using the power of crowdfunding, you can give back and support our four initiatives: The Phoenix Scholars, The Phoenix Marching Band, The Phillips Dining Hall Expansion, and The Memorial Lawn Enhancements. Our goal is to raise $10,000 during the week of February 25th-28th.


Why should I give during #IgniteCU?

The #IgniteCU Challenge is an opportunity to show the magnitude of impact that a large number of gifts can make at Cumberland. When you give, you directly impact the lives of CU students as well as the campus experience. Gifts of every size make an impact. Phoenix rise higher when we give together.

You can help us reach our goal of $10,000!

You can help increase the impact during our Ignite CU challenge, here’s how:


Questions? Contact the Cumberland University Office of Advancement at 615-547-1269

Enhance | Transform | Inspire

Learn more about Ignite the Vision

The student body at Cumberland University continues to grow and thrive. With our enrollment numbers increasing every year, we must actively work to expand and transform our campus to meet the needs of our students. We have the opportunity to enhance the Cumberland experience for all students with Ignite the Vision, a major gifts initiative, with a working goal of $1.7 million to enhance, transform, and inspire Cumberland University.

This strategic program will focus on four key initiatives: The Phoenix Scholars, The Phoenix Marching Band, The Phillips Dining Hall Expansion, and The Memorial Lawn Enhancements. Each initiative will directly impact our students and ensure Cumberland remains a top competitor in the higher-education market.


The Opportunity

Phoenix Scholars


Outright scholarships awarded to graduates with an associate degree to continue their academic pursuit of a bachelor's degree.

Phoenix Marching Band


Endowed Scholarship Fund of $175,000 to assist in recruitment and growth. Foundational Investment of $215,000 to support a variety of necessities.

Phillips Dining Hall Expansion


Indoor/outdoor experiential dining expansion that promotes student life and community

Memorial Lawn Enhancements


Revitalized landscapes, new hardscapes, student life areas, and sidewalk expansions

Leading the Initiative


Jacqueline Cowden

Cumberland University Alum, Trustee, Adjunct Professor, and Major Gifts Initiative Chair

"By contributing to Ignite the Vision, you can help ensure students at Cumberland University have a positive and meaningful college experience."

Philanthropist and former CEO Jackie Cowden is a passionate alum of Cumberland University and Chairman of Ignite the Vision. Ms. Cowden has been an exemplary leader in the community and has served on many boards. She was named Cumberland University "Alumnus of the Year", and she shares her enthusiasm and experience in leadership with Cumberland students as an adjunct professor. Ms. Cowden is proud to stand with Cumberland and lead this initiative.