Soka University of America does not conduct any official fundraising efforts through social media or crowdfunding sites. Tax-deductible donations using credit cards can only be made on this website or via phone.

SUA students thank you for your support!

Soka University of America educates students to develop wisdom, courage, compassion, and skills for peaceful dialogue. This positive impact ripples outward to benefit lives and communities around the globe.  

Soka’s unusual “need blind” acceptance policy allows us to admit the most keen-minded young people from around the world without concern for finances. This policy works because Soka is endowment-dependent: it relies on the returns from the investment to cover costs, not tuition fees. To continue to enroll and support the most qualified students, Soka must maintain robust growth of our endowment.   

With your generosity, we can continue to admit top students and send them out into the world as leaders to contribute to its betterment.

Peace Gala invitation with flower

2020 Online Peace Gala

Please join us for Soka’s first online Peace Gala at 5 p.m. PDT on Saturday, October 10. Your participation will fund student scholarships. This is an opportunity to invite anyone you want to learn more about Soka University at no cost to them or you.

Featuring composer-singer-songwriter Paul Williams, who has won an Oscar, three Grammys, two Golden Globes, and is member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His songs, from “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “You and Me Against the World” to “An Old Fashioned Love Song” and “The Rainbow Connection,” have touched millions of people for generations. 

A Peace Gala silent auction runs from noon, Friday, October 2, to midnight, Saturday, October 10.

More Peace Gala Information

Celebrating 20 Years in Aliso Viejo

On May 3, 2021, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo. You are warmly invited to join us in the celebration by participating in our campaign to fund the future. With a gift of $2,000, you will be recognized with your name on a donor wall inside the new science building. Your help will enable us to continue fulfilling our mission to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life.

Join the Celebration

Ways to Give

The recently signed federal CARES Act allows persons to claim a deduction for charitable contributions up to $300 on their income tax return without itemizing deductions.

Credit Card

Contribute using our secure online process. 

Donate now 

Check

Mail a check (made payable to Soka University of America) to:

Linda Kennedy
Director of Philanthropy
Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Giving From IRA

FreeWill’s online tool allows donors 70.5 or older to give to Soka University from their IRA quickly and easily. Give from your IRA now.

Estate Gifts

Include Soka University of America in your estate plan.

Stock Gifts

Contact Linda Kennedy
Director of Philanthropy
(949) 480-4072

Real Estate

Contact Linda Kennedy
Director of Philanthropy
(949) 480-4072

Did you know?

91%
of students receive scholarships from SUA
$14,000,000
was awarded in scholarships last academic year
20,000
donors around the world make it possible

About Soka’s Endowment

Generous donations from benefactors help us accomplish our mission of educating the next generation of global citizens. In line with the tenets of Soka Education, the ability of a prospective student to pay for a private university education is not a determining factor for admission. Our need-blind admissions process enables all applicants to be considered regardless of their ability to pay. As a result, we can consider applicants from around the globe with richly varied life experiences who have a passion to give back to their home communities and societies.

A Very Different Operating Model

Typically, student tuition is the primary income source that covers most universities’ operating expenses. The number of enrolled students is critical to the financial well-being of the tuition-dependent institution. At the same time, tuition alone rarely covers the true cost of a student’s education. Soka University is unique–we rely primarily on endowment income to cover the majority of our operating expenses.

Soka has been fortunate over these last 20 years to have generous donors who continue to believe in our university’s mission. Even as a relatively young university, Soka’s endowment has grown over time through generous gifts from our benefactors, enabling us to provide a world-class education to our students. These funds are prudently invested to generate income used for financial aid and university operating expenses. The endowment’s goal is to produce a consistent income in perpetuity.

What the Endowment Provides Students

We invest heavily in the education and development of each individual student, one of the core principles of Soka Education. We have developed excellent facilities, academic curriculum, international educational opportunities, residential life system, athletic programs, and extracurricular activities. We provide students with access to top faculty and encourage them to foster strong personal relationships. The endowment is integral to our ability to provide numerous scholarships, including the Soka Opportunity Grant, among others.

What the Endowment Means to SUA

We are actively expanding and developing the campus for the future with our Life Sciences concentration, which will increase the size of our student body.

To meet these new needs and continue offering excellence in higher education, we are working to grow our endowment with added support from our donors. That way, we can guarantee financial aid to the best and brightest students whose life plans resonate with our mission.

Our endowment enables qualified students to focus on their studies and formulate their plans to change the world. You are crucial to this blueprint for the betterment of the planet. Your gift is not only deeply appreciated–it is vital to the future of Soka University of America.

Student
Culture of Care at Soka