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Evangel University earns Excellence in Giving transparency certification

Published on Jan 19, 2021 by Erin Hedlun


SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University recently received certification from the Excellence in Giving (EIG) advisory firm for its transparency to donors in financial reporting. Evangel is one of 600 foundations vetted and certified by the EIG firm.

The university underwent a rigorous application process that included the submission of 175 strategy, leadership, financial, and impact data in order to receive this certification.

Hector Cruz, director of development

“We are so grateful to the Excellence in Giving advisory firm for taking the time to review our application and certify our commitment to transparency.” said Hector Cruz, EU director of development.

“In times like these, it is essential that donors know that the money they invest in us is being used for precisely its intended purpose.”

Dr. Michael Kolstad, vice president for university advancement

EIG is a philanthropic advisory firm committed to helping high-capacity donors set and achieve charitable giving goals. The firm serves as a clearinghouse for donors to find reputable and transparent companies and organizations to support. Founded in 2002, Excellence in Giving clients give nearly $70 million to over 600 nonprofits every year.

“Integrity is a core value of our institution,” said Dr. Michael Kolstad, vice president for university advancement.

“We value the relationships we’ve built with our donors, and this certification highlights our commitment to integrity.”

To view Evangel University’s Excellence in Giving analytics page, visit

To learn more about EIG, visit




About Evangel University 

Evangel University, with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally. Evangel and AGTS serve more than 2,200 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 70 undergraduate majors and 19 master and doctoral degrees.