The Office of Institutional Advancement is the service division of Buena Vista University responsible for philanthropic and volunteer partnerships at BVU. The office is the administrative headquarters of the BVU National Alumni Association.

Through its work, the Office of Institutional Advancement provides communications, leadership and programming to build loyalty and support of the university among students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents of students, friends, corporations, foundations and the Presbyterian Church. The office is directed by the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.