Your gifts provide hope. That simple fact came through in one of the comments shared by Elizabeth Paul, an outstanding student at Bethel University who has shared her story.
We don’t always think of it that simply, but we should. Opening doors for students to attend college is all about hope.
Our 125 donors gave nearly $2 million in the last fiscal year. That was phenomenal; it was the highest total in more than 20 years. We are so grateful for the support. This support makes it possible for Elizabeth to receive the Meslow First Generation Scholarship — and for more than 300 other students to receive the scholarship and other support they need to achieve their educational goals.
Fueled by your support, our students are preparing for what’s next, for how they’re going to contribute and step up once they graduate.
Consider Kevin Arthur, a student at Saint John’s University who shared his experiences with the Eddie Phillips Scholarship for African-American Men. “This scholarship has given me the opportunity to connect with and mentor younger students,” he said. “The network that I’ve built and the connections I’ve made have set me on the path to success.” The personalized education that students receive at the 17 Fund member institutions makes the difference.
You and our other donors understand the value of supporting college students. And some have known it for years. In fact, we had our first donor reach the 70-year benchmark — Xcel Energy. You can see all of our donors recognized below and in the 2021-22 Donor Report.
We are so thankful. Your gift to the Minnesota Private College Fund reflects your commitment to helping others and the welfare of our state as a whole.
President, Minnesota Private College Fund
President, Gustavus Adolphus College
Chair, Minnesota Private College Fund Board of Directors
President, Ann Houser Coaching and Consulting
Chair, Fundraising Committee, Minnesota Private College Fund
Fiscal year 2023 report
Minnesota Private Colleges are the grateful beneficiaries of the generosity of 117 donors whose commitments to the Fund in fiscal year 2023 totaled $1,687,575.
The gifts made in fiscal year 2023 are the second highest fundraising total of the past 20 years, which is heartening to see. The result? Our member institutions will benefit from more than $130,000 in operating support and more than 300 students will receive scholarships.
It is especially encouraging that 14 new donors made gifts to the Fund, six lapsed donors resumed giving, and 16 others were able to provide increases over their previous gifts.
In the 2023 fiscal year we also saw $696,984 in gifts and pledges toward future campaigns. Federated Insurance Companies, Martin & Brown Foundation, John & Karen Meslow, R.D. Offutt Company, and the Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota all committed to future scholarship support. In addition, the Helen Harrington Charitable Trust continued to provide the Fund’s largest gift of unrestricted operating dollars each year.
Recognizing our donors
We proudly recognize our corporate, foundation and individual donors from across Minnesota who give to the Minnesota Private College Fund. Their gifts support the more than 56,000 students at our 17 colleges and universities. They fund scholarships that help make college affordable for deserving students and contribute general operating support for our institutions' most pressing needs. We salute all our donors for their generosity and visionary commitment to higher education!
Donors of distinction
These donors made the largest donations in 2022-23. We welcome their critical support.
- Fred C. & Katherine B. Andersen Foundation
- F.R. Bigelow Foundation
- Otto Bremer Trust
- The Council of Independent Colleges through its CIC/UPS Educational Endowment Fund and its CIC/SAGE Scholars program
- The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
- The Graco Foundation
- Helen Harrington Charitable Trust
- The Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation
- Winton Jones Foundation
- Mayo Foundation for Medical Education & Research
- Medtronic Foundation Communities Fund
- John & Karen Meslow
- The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota (Phillips Scholars Program & Eddie Phillips Scholarship for African American Men)
- Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
- Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
- Securian Financial
- The Teagle Foundation
- US Bank Foundation
- Xcel Energy
Support for 50 years and more
Many donors support private higher education for the long haul. Year after year, they remain steadfast, consistently at our side. In fact, for a growing number, the commitment has endured for 50, 60 or even 70 years.
Securian Financial is our donor reaching a new milestone this year, as a 60-year donor. Since 1880, Securian has been committed to providing insurance, investment and retirement solutions that give families the confidence to focus on what’s truly valuable: banking memories with those who matter most. And since 1880, Saint Paul has been Securian’s home, where it helps to build secure tomorrows for families across the country. Securian is the ninth largest insurance company in the United States, with 6,500 employees and representatives, and more than 22 million customers in North America. Securian has $1.5 trillion of life insurance in force, paying out $3.9 billion in benefits paid to customers in 2022.
Generations of students have been helped by the generosity of these donors, and others who have met giving for 50 years and longer. The following donors have earned our deep gratitude.
- 71 years – Xcel Energy
- 68 years – North Shore Bank
- 67 years – Otter Tail Corporation
- 66 years – BNSF Railway Foundation
- 66 years – Merchants Bank
- 65 years – WNB Financial
- 64 years – Faegre Drinker Foundation
- 64 years – Goodin Company
- 63 years – Federated Insurance Companies
- 63 years – The Graco Foundation
- 62 years – Groves Foundation
- 61 years – Horton, Inc.
- 60 years – Securian Financial
- 59 years – The Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation
- 59 years – The Medtronic Foundation
- 56 years – The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota (Phillips Scholars Program and Eddie Phillips Scholarship for African-American Men)
- 54 years – National Checking Company
2022-23 donor list
We appreciate the generosity of all of our donors. These gifts make such a difference, helping open doors for a private college education.
Elite Circle ($200,000 and up)
|The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota||56|
Leadership Circle ($100,000 - $199,999)
|John & Karen Meslow||25|
Founder's Circle ($75,000 - $99,999)
|The Council of Independent Colleges through its CIC/UPS Educational Endowment Fund||46|
|The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations||3|
Board’s Circle ($50,000 - $74,999)
|Fred C. & Katherine B. Andersen Foundation||2|
|F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation||42|
|Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation||8|
|The Teagle Foundation||4|
President's Circle ($25,000 - $49,999)
|Otto Bremer Trust||14|
|The Graco Foundation||63|
|Helen Harrington Charitable Trust||45|
|Winton Jones Foundation||4|
|Mayo Foundation for Medical Education & Research||29|
|Medtronic Foundation Communities Fund||59|
Scholar's Circle ($15,000 - $24,999)
|The Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation||59|
|US Bank Foundation||47|
Benefactor ($10,000 - $14,999)
|Julie Andrus Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation||2|
|BNSF Railway Foundation||66|
|Faegre Drinker Foundation||64|
|Martin & Brown Foundation||1|
|Offutt Family Foundation||2|
|Margaret Rivers Fund||34|
|Mary Lynn & Warren Staley||25|
Patron ($5,000 - $9,999)
|Paul Cerkvenik & Kathleen Murray||25|
|Federated Insurance Companies||63|
Provost ($3,000 - $4,999)
|The Boldt Company||19|
|Otter Tail Corporation||67|
|Slaggie Family Foundation||20|
Dean ($1,000 - $2,999)
|Alison & Owen Brown||1|
|Kathleen M. Cooney||9|
|William & Anne Craft||9|
|Christopher & Ryan Dolan||1|
|Susan M. Eich||9|
|Janet Olson Estep||17|
|Ann Houser & Scott Pollei||9|
|Helen & Eldon Jones Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation||32|
|Anthony D. Kelley||2|
|Kuhrmeyer Family Foundation||29|
|Michael & Sylvia Lovett||10|
|John & Cherie McDowall||37|
|Russ & Jan Michaletz||15|
|J. Thomas & Janet Rajala Nelson Fund of The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation||27|
|North Shore Bank||68|
|Nuss Family/Nuss Truck & Equipment Donor Advised Fund of the Rochester Area Foundation||33|
|Abigail & Paul Pribbenow||17|
|Brian & Nancy Siska Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation||20|
|Archie D. & Bertha H. Walker Foundation||6|
Professor ($750 - $999)
|Vern & May Nordling||38|
Graduate ($500 - $749)
|James H. Barnes III & Barbara A. Barnes||15|
|Brian & Carol Bruess||1|
|Rev. James P. Burns IVD||5|
|Alison R. Byerly||2|
|Dr. Stanley M. & Luella G. Goldberg||31|
|Goodin Company Foundation||64|
|Hinckley Medical LLC||1|
|Robert & Sharon Mattison||19|
|McGough Construction Company||30|
|National Checking Company||54|
|Rapp Strategies, Inc.||30|
Baccalaureate ($250 - $499)
|4J2R1C Limited Partnership||30|
|Thomas & Rebecca Bergman||8|
|Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmermann, Inc.||38|
|Rev. Brian Friedrich||4|
|Dr. Fayneese Miller||7|
|Mississippi Welders Supply Co.||48|
|Dr. Suzanne M. Rivera||3|
|St. Paul Lino||38|
Associate (Gifts up to $249)
|D.J. Bitzan Jewelers||22|
|Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Haugh||30|
|Lance & Carol Hazzard||2|
|Drs. Gene & Carrie Pfeifer||8|
|Lance G. Reasor||22|
|Becky & Mark Roloff||7|
|Bruce & Kaye Stender||19|
Brian & Carol Bruess, in remembrance of Fr. Rene McGraw, OSB
William & Anne Craft, in honor of Paul Cerkvenik
Lance & Carol Hazzard, in honor of Ann Houser
Includes information about the Minnesota Private College Fund and its list of donors.