Friends of Hope Africa University, Inc. seeks donations from individuals, foundations and businesses for cash or gifts in kind that can be used for scholarships and facilities development. Even though tuition is about $1,500 per year, for the past several years the university has been operationally independent from deriving its principal income form tuition and fees. Friends of HAU board members are volunteers covering their own operational costs so donors can be assured that 100 percent of their gifts go directly to the school for its ministries.From 2000 through 2018 over $10,000,000 had been given for all uses by HAU. In 2010 $876,764 was distributed to HAU for the following purposes:
Future needs include about $200,000 to complete construction and development on the Bujumbura campus and $2,000,000 for a branch campus on Mt. Hope, near Gitega. A study is underway for long range needs at the Kibuye Hope Hospital but it is expected that several million dollars will be needed as the hospital is expanded and needed infrastructure is developed to support that ministry.
Friends of Hope Africa University has been approved by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and will be listed in USAID’s Registry of Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs). This allows Friends of HAU to compete for USAID grants and cooperative agreements. The primary motivation in applying for this recognition is to have access to the process for securing surplus educational and medical equipment for Hope Africa University and its related entities.