Message from the Campaign Chairs

Campaign Gustavus

We are proud that Campaign Gustavus has raised $100 million in gifts and commitments toward its $150 million goal. It is a significant achievement and sets the bar for a higher level of giving to the College than ever before. We are positioned to move to new levels of support and exceed our previous record of $104 million contributed in our last campaign. It means a great deal to the two of us that we are celebrating and experiencing this journey together. Our Sesquicentennial celebration gave all of us the momentum to reach $100 million. We have $50 million to raise over the next three years, and we know with your help we will exceed our goal.

The campaign remains on target regarding its goals. Half of the commitments have come in the form of cash and half in gifts that will come to the College over time. About 60 percent of the funds have been directed to current programming, while 40 percent has been allocated to endowment. Overall, things are moving forward in a way that is very positive for the College.

However, it is important to note that this milestone is much more significant than just achieving goals. It means that the College has acquired the resources to enhance and implement new programs for students and faculty. Perhaps most meaningful to us is that an anonymous donor has given $2 million to endow a technology fund for Beck Academic Hall, ensuring that computers, instruments, and other equipment can be replaced and updated as needed.

A couple of areas that are being significantly impacted because of commitments to Campaign Gustavus include the Gustavus Alumni Mentoring program, which is now serving not only students majoring in Economics and Management, but also those majoring in other departments across the campus. The Mentoring Program connects students with accomplished alumni through the Center for Servant Leadership. The members of the Gustavus Friends of Music have successfully raised $25,000 to start a permanently endowed fund to support ensemble touring for Gustavus musicians.

We would also be remiss if we did not mention the success of the Gustavus Annual Fund this past year in raising over $4.5 million. All too often we forget about the importance of giving to the Annual Fund, which sustains all aspects of the College’s operations, including campus maintenance, student programs, financial aid, salaries, and more. It may not be glamorous, but the Gustavus Annual Fund deserves support from all alumni and friends every year.

Too often we focus on reaching a milestone and then quickly move on to the next goal. Instead, we hope you will take a moment to pause and reflect on our accomplishments. Your gifts—from $50 to $5 million—are effecting real change in the lives of students today. Thank you for your commitment to the College, its students, and the Gustie spirit.