America for Bulgaria Foundation Announces $1 Million Matching Challenge to Empower AUBG’s Growth

July 11, 2024
America for Bulgaria Foundation Announces $1 Million Matching Challenge to Empower AUBG’s Growth

The American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) is proud to announce an extraordinarily generous gift from the America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF). It is a challenge grant of one million US dollars.

The America for Bulgaria Foundation has pledged its remarkable $1 million gift by promising to match every contribution 1:1. This means that every dollar donated between July 1 and December 31, 2024 will be doubled. This pledge will provide the University a unique opportunity to maximize the impact of every single contribution, regardless of size and will significantly increase the resources available to support AUBG’s mission: to educate successful, ethical, engaged citizens who champion democratic values.

To secure this generous gift, AUBG must raise all the matching funds by December 31, 2024.

“AUBG has always been dedicated to providing a high-quality education that instills democratic principles and promotes civic engagement,” said AUBG President Dr. Margee Ensign. “The generous matching challenge grant from the America for Bulgaria Foundation is a testament to their trust in our leadership and our mission. With ABF’s support, our impact grows exponentially, allowing us to change the world one student at a time. We extend our deepest gratitude to ABF for their firm commitment to AUBG and for this incredible opportunity to double the impact of every donation.”

Nancy Schiller, President and CEO of ABF, who was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from AUBG at Commencement 2024, added, “We’re proud to continue our support for the American University in Bulgaria through this matching grant challenge. AUBG’s commitment to democratic values and top-tier education aligns perfectly with our vision for a flourishing Bulgaria. We believe in education’s power to transform lives, and we’re excited to see this campaign’s impact on AUBG and its students.”

This challenge is part of AUBG’s new campaign, “2 Million Chances to Change a Life: AUBG Unites,” which aims to unite our community in a collective effort to transform lives through education. AUBG has already secured 25% of the $1 million match, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of four major donors: Board Chair Michael Marvin, Board Member Dimitar Tsotsorkov, and alumni Christo Grozev (’95) and Elvin Guri (’96). With the ABF Challenge, their contributions will be matched dollar-for-dollar, resulting in AUBG receiving a total of $500,000 and effectively doubling the impact of these generous donations.

This year the University reached full capacity for Fall 2024, reaching its highest enrollment ever. Its Center for Information, Democracy, and Citizenship continues to advocate for a more just and democratic world. Furthermore, AUBG recently celebrated the successful completion of its first-ever “Living Our Mission” Week of Giving, thanks to the generosity and gratitude of its 6,000 alumni in Bulgaria and all over the world.

ABF has a long history of supporting AUBG and its students. This latest initiative further underscores their dedication to the University’s mission and their belief in the power of education to change lives and societies. This matching challenge is a precious opportunity for alumni and friends to make an impact on lives within and beyond the walls of the university. By giving to this matching challenge, donors can make a significant difference in the lives of AUBG students, graduates who will be shaping the world of tomorrow.

We encourage others to follow their example and help us achieve something truly extraordinary.

Let’s unite for 2 million chances to change a student’s life


The America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF) is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonpolitical American grant-making foundation working in partnership with Bulgarians to strengthen the country’s private sector and related democratic institutions. The Foundation seeks to enhance the longstanding legacy of goodwill and friendship between the American and Bulgarian people. For more information