Northrise University Initiative

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The Northrise University Initiative (NUI) exists to support and communicate the vision and mission of NU, to accelerate growth and provide opportunities for students and faculty. Such expansion is not an end unto itself. Rather, growing is part of our overall vision and mission to transform Zambia and beyond, ONE STUDENT at a time.

Northrise directly addresses key issues that will advance Zambia to become a beacon of hope, stability, and prosperity in Africa. Amid limited economic opportunity, vast economic disparity, and brain drain, Northrise University provides an affordable, high-quality education that empowers students and graduates to create and participate in a broader economy, with an expanding middle class, as entrepreneurs, managers, and government leaders. Thus, NU is making a difference in the lives of Zambian students, who are, in turn, changing Zambia into a model of economic progress for the rest of Africa.

To these ends, NUI creates opportunities and involvement through our:
Scholarship Fund
Capital Campaigns

Contact information

Mailing address:
Northrise University Initiative
PO Box 4441
Scottsdale, AZ 85261


Phone: 602-330-6274

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 954749034

CEO/President: Jeff Goble

Chairman: Jeff Goble

Board size: 5

Founder: Doreen Zimba and Moffat Zimba

Ruling year: 2000

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2012


As a Christ-centered university, Northrise University is committed to equipping its students to become skilled and relevant professionals, ministers, and leaders who will have a lasting impact in their communities. By providing learning opportunities that enhance critical thinking, discipline, personal responsibility, character development, and sacrifice, students are inspired to achieve excellence and lay-hold of their future.

Joining this Christ-centered institution is more than joining a university - it is belonging to a family, being a help to those in need, and above all, a community dedicated to changing a nation.

We envision a future in which Zambia boasts of having the "#1 Private University in southern Africa" - Northrise University. Each student educated by Northrise advances this vision and Zambia has transformed one student at a time. At our century mark in 2104, we envision 80,000 alumni each making a difference in their community and transforming Africa. Northrise stays on track toward this vision with a strategic plan led by our Founders and Board of Regents.

Transforming Zambia one student at a time relies on our culture of and commitment to being excellent at what is good. Northrise interprets our expression of being excellent at what is good as a Christ-centered university. To be a model of excellence for teaching and learning; a learner-centered academic community that challenges, advances knowledge, and improves the economic well-being, quality of life, and spiritual vitality of its students and staff.

Mission statement

To develop Christ-centered dedicated professionals and engaged global citizens devoted to the spiritual and economic transformation of Zambia and Africa.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating15 of 10921 of 130
Fund acquisition rating1 of 10951 of 130
Resource allocation rating64 of 10953 of 130
Asset utilization rating139 of 109214 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$4,511$30,532$7,815$33,671$19,677
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,059,767$1,048,642$2,358,699$598,110$313,437
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$0$0$0$2,506$5,831
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$0$0$0$2,506$5,831
Total assets$2,059,767$1,048,642$2,358,699$600,616$319,268
Payables and accrued expenses$137,167$133,615$12,526$21,970$5,955
Other current liabilities$500$500$58,500$112,020$60
Total current liabilities$137,667$134,115$71,026$133,990$6,015
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$980$42,351$9,816$932$0
Total long-term liabilities$980$42,351$9,816$932$0
Total liabilities$138,647$176,466$80,842$134,922$6,015
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$125,734$291,557$2,277,857$465,694$313,253
With donor restrictions$1,795,386$580,619$0$0$0
Net assets$1,921,120$872,176$2,277,857$465,694$313,253
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$5,227,098$3,271,813$4,119,840$1,773,605$1,101,857
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$783,470
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$168$0$0$0$0
Other revenue($84,030)($22,393)($95,211)($48,585)$0
Total other revenue($83,862)($22,393)($95,211)($48,585)$783,470
Total revenue$5,143,236$3,249,420$4,024,629$1,725,020$1,885,327
Program services$3,998,930$4,582,363$2,096,467$1,480,273$1,673,604
Management and general$84,281$61,976$105,595$76,500$97,373
Total expenses$4,094,292$4,655,100$2,211,356$1,571,639$1,803,223
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$1,048,944($1,405,680)$1,813,273$153,381$82,104
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,048,944($1,405,680)$1,813,273$153,381$82,104


Chris KrauseChair/Ex Dir$45,177

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2021

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/1/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


1988 - God calls the Zimbas to bring transformation into the lives of Zambian students, who could then help improve the lives of others, together bringing change to their nation.

2004 - After 16 years of tireless work, and with collaboration between Zambia, Australia, and the United States, Northrise was born. Initial enrollment was 50 students in downtown Ndola. Northrise was the first nationally recognized private university in Zambia.

Today - With over 1000 students currently enrolled and over 500 alumni, and in conjunction with its deep Christian worldview, full accreditation, and eleven degree programs, Northrise students are transforming their communities and nation.

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