Featured Giving Opportunities

Campaign Gustavus

Endowed Faculty Positions

A premier institution must have premier faculty to ensure its success. Gustavus is proud of our world-class and award-winning faculty who come from all over the world to shape the lives of our students. The gift of an endowed faculty position is truly an investment in teaching and learning that lasts a lifetime and will directly impact the lives of many students.

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships provide Gustavus students with the opportunity to receive a degree from one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation. Your gift of an endowed scholarship through Campaign Gustavus has a great direct impact on the lives of our students and will help the College build a firm foundation for the future. As an added benefit, endowed scholarships are a lasting way to celebrate your Gustuavus experience or honor a special person in your life.

Kendall Center

A gift to Campaign Gustavus directed to support the Kendall Center will ensure that Gustavus faculty continue to grow as educators and scholars in order to challenge and nurture students. It can also provide resources for professional development accounts, which enable faculty to explore new ways to help students learn and enhance scholarly activities in discipline-specific ways. This is a way to revitalize classes and offer opportunities for students to engage in, and benefit from, faculty research, scholarship, and creative practices. The sky is the limit when it comes to opportunities for lifelong learning.

Naming Space in Beck Hall or the West Mall

Seize the opportunity to honor a loved one, recognize a favorite professor, or celebrate a special time in your life, by naming a room in the Warren & Donna Beck Academic Hall. Whether it’s a classroom, learning suite, lab, studio, or office, you can be certain that your investment will encourage engaged and interactive learning for many years to come. And while your gift will have a BIG impact on learning, you can feel good knowing it will have little effect on the environment. That’s because Beck Academic Hall was constructed to exceed the state of Minnesota Sustainable Building 2030 targets. Thanks to its solar panels, the building saves 44 percent more energy and 30 percent more water than those built to current code.

Or you can let nature be your legacy by choosing to name an area of the new West Mall. The West Mall will serve as a transitional gateway from Christ Chapel to Linnaeus Arboretum. The green spaces will welcome all members of the Gustavus community and encourage activity, exploration, and reflection. The Sesquicentennial Plaza will proudly display the College’s history, while the versatile amphitheater will provide a new outlet for creativity and performance.

Contact us today for a list of available opportunities. Commitments should be documented by July 1, 2012.

Center for Servant Leadership

Gustavus has long prepared its students to live out lives of service and leadership in their communities. Recognizing this tradition of excellence, the College merged four separate programs (the Center for Vocational Reflection, the Community Service Center, the Office of Church Relations, and the Career Center) to create the Center for Servant Leadership (CSL) in 2011.

Capital Improvements

Buildings are a key part of the equation that results in an engaged learning environment. Every student deserves classroom, lab, and performance space—whether in science, math, the arts, or nursing—that fits their needs and inspires creativity and critical thinking. Gustavus recognizes that facilities have an average useful lifespan of about 40 years and that teaching techniques and technology are constantly evolving. Your gift to fund capital improvements is crucial to recruiting and retaining students and faculty.

American Swedish Institute

Gustavus Adolphus College was founded in 1862 by Swedish immigrants and named after King Gustav II Adolf of Sweden, a great supporter of education and the arts. Through the years the College has remained true to its roots and still maintains many connections to its Swedish heritage.

So what does that mean to today’s students, alumni, and faculty? It means that the Swedish values of environmental stewardship, gender equality in the work place, and peaceful conflict resolution are relevant and integral parts of their Gustavus experience. By growing its partnership with the American Swedish Institute, the College is ensuring a future built on these values, while expanding its presence and outreach in the Twin Cities.


At Gustavus, the gift of music is multiplied. Music at Gustavus, in the form of coursework and performances, becomes Music from Gustavus, through professors, conductors, performers, and others who do so much to enrich their communities everywhere.

There are several ways to support musicians, the Music Department, and your passion for lifelong engagement at Gustavus, including establishing scholarships or endowed faculty positions, providing capital for facility improvements, and supporting ensemble tours. Create your own or support one of our existing opportunities.

Multicultural Initiatives and Campus Diversity

For generations, the College has actively recruited students with diverse backgrounds to systematically diversify its campus. Today the community includes students from 20 countries (13 percent of whom are of color), 14 student-led multicultural programs and the Building Bridges Conference, which annually engages the community in diversity-related discussions.

Your gift to the area of diversity and multicultural programs can help grow outreach, office space and resources so Gustavus can continue to celebrate our differences and seek out common threads in a challenging and nurturing campus community.

A Celebration of Faith

Gustavus Adolphus College is a church-related, residential liberal arts college firmly rooted in its Swedish and Lutheran heritage. The College aspires to be a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people and a place where a mature understanding of faith and lives of service are fostered. An atmosphere that allows students and faculty alike to grow in their own faith while challenging them with interreligious conversation is worth celebrating.

Signature Events

It should come as no surprise that a college vested in providing its students with a one-of-a kind education is also committed to showcasing unique learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Signature events recognizing peace, science, cultural diversity, music, and Swedish traditions draw thousands of alumni and friends to Gustavus each year.

Your gift to Campaign Gustavus in support of signature programs can provide the resources necessary to ensure these important conferences and concerts remain a part of the College community for future generations.


Gustavus is considered one of the top Division III athletics programs in the nation. More than 700 Gusties play intercollegiate sports, with 80 percent of the student body taking part in intramurals. The championship banners hanging from the ceiling in Lund Arena not only represent several national championships, MIAC crowns, and All-Americans, but they are also a steadfast reminder of bruises, blood, sweat, and the pursuit of excellence.

Maintaining competitive programs and facilities is critical to fielding championship teams. Your gift to Campaign Gustavus in support of scholarships, building renovations, endowed coaching/teaching positions, athletic equipment, and travel opportunities can make the difference between an average program and a great one.

Alumni Mentoring

The program, which began as a class research project, offers substantial benefits to both students and alumni. Students learn real-world business practices, build their resumes, and begin establishing their professional network, while alumni have a chance to share their knowledge, meet tomorrow’s job seekers, and reconnect with their alma mater.

The yearlong mentoring program is currently open only to Economics and Management majors and includes an opening banquet, monthly communications between students and mentors, a potential job shadow opportunity, and a closing banquet.

A January IEX internship is also encouraged. With your help, this program can be extended to juniors and seniors of all majors.