Uncommon Heroes Make a Personnel Investment

Uncommon Heroes“Not all heroes wear capes” has never been more true as donors from all walks of life make an impact on FPU.

Like the story of Richard Martinez, who wears an Advance Auto Parts uniform rather than a cape. Martinez, a general manager at the Kings Canyon and Clovis location in Fresno, organized a scholarship to Fresno Pacific because of its importance to the community where he works. This sparked the corporate offices to encourage every Advance Auto Parts to invest where they are. Martinez is the definition of an uncommon hero, someone who saw a need and without expecting accolades, rose to meet it.

FPU has relied on these uncommon heroes throughout its 77 years—people who use their talents to bolster the work of the university and invest in students.

The Uncommon Heroes campaign celebrates this legacy and invites new donors to contribute in ways meaningful to them. Launched in December 2021 with initiatives ranging from stocking the student food pantry to sending students to the Urbana missions conference to funding the Warkentine Culture and Arts Center, the campaign offers the specificity that allows donors to make a more personal connection than a gift to a general fund.

The campaign also serves as an antidote to the pressures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Donors to the campaign can experience the joy of giving and witness it’s impact on students immediately.

(This article is being republished to correct information).


Join the ranks of Uncommon Heroes at fpu.edu/uncommonheroes