Giving Opportunities

When you give to Great Northern University, you give our students the opportunity to pursue their passions and God's call on their lives. Your gifts are truly an investment in the future of Spokane and the world, as you join us in raising up the next generation of Christian leaders.

Thank you for considering how you can partner through your financial gifts! The following giving opportunities are available:

2022-2023 Fund

Great Northern University’s Annual Fund bridges the gap between our revenues and our expenses. Your contributions to this general fund have been, and will continue to be, essential in allowing us to pursue our vision of educating individuals to engage and transform the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Accreditation Fund

Gifts given to the Accreditation Fund will help offset the costs of continuing to pursue accreditation. In the 2022-2023 academic year,  Great Northern University will maintain accreditation through a federally-recognized, national Christian agency for higher education, in addition to our current applicant status with a regional accreditor. This initiative will cost up to $65,000. 

Jordan M. Hills Memorial Fund

Gifts given to this fund will be used for the ongoing needs of Great Northern University in honor of the life and service of our dear friend, Jordan M. Hills. Your gifts in Jordan’s memory help GNU provide for students with extenuating life circumstances who may need additional financial assistance during their tenure as a student.

Michael and Pat Orr Scholarship Fund

GNU Professor Emeritus Michael Orr, and his wife Pat, have invested decades in Christian higher education. Their engagement has deeply impacted the lives of students, colleagues, and so many others. Their contributions have included praying; teaching; mentoring and coaching; directing skits, musicals, and plays; founding and supporting student groups; and financially assisting students.

A founding member of Great Northern University who retired in 2020, Dr. Orr continues to be actively involved in the community as a teacher and volunteer.

The Michael and Pat Orr Scholarship helps students finish their degrees by providing merit-based financial assistance for juniors and seniors who receive Dean’s or President’s Honors. We hope to inspire students to finish strong and with as little debt as possible with this, our first merit-based scholarship.  


To learn about other giving opportunities, please contact Dr. Wendy Liddell at


Great Northern University is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts given to Great Northern University are tax-deductible.

For more information about our non-profit status or approval, contact the Internal Revenue Service.