The Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College is the first ongoing conference in the United States to have the official authorization of the Nobel Foundation, Stockholm. The Nobel Conference is made possible through income generated by the Nobel Conference Endowment and the support of annual conference contributors.
The Nobel Conference Endowment Fund was created in July, 1978 and is now permanently secured as a result of the generous support of Drell and Adeline Bernhardson. Other gifts to the fund have been made by Russell and Rhoda Lund; the Mardag Foundation, in memory of Edgar B. Ober; and the UnitedHealth Group.
The College also acknowledges contributions to the 2009 conference from 3M, Cambria, Heroic Productions, Primarius Promotion, and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.