Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Annual Fund support?

Your gift to the Gustavus Annual Fund goes where it is needed most. Each year, Annual Fund gifts ensure that Gustavus is able to provide students with much needed financial aid, up-to-date technology, library resources, academic support, and more.

Doesn’t tuition cover expenses?

Like most colleges, Gustavus faces a gap between tuition income and expenses. Gustavus Annual Fund dollars help close that gap. Your Annual Fund gift supports the distinctive educational experiences that define Gustavus and makes them accessible to more students.

I can afford a small gift. Will that really help?

Absolutely. A gift of any size directly supports students and faculty. Most importantly, your gift says that you believe in Gustavus. Grant-making organizations look at giving participation rates when awarding grant requests. Your gift, viewed as a vote of confidence, could help secure many more dollars in external funding.

Does my participation matter?

Organizations that rank U.S. colleges and universities look at alumni participation as an indicator of the quality of an institution. In addition, many foundations and corporations look at alumni participation as a basis to determine whether the College is a good investment. Your gift, when combined with the thousands of other gifts from alumni and friends, adds up to support for Gustavus students. Your gift makes a statement of support for the Gustavus mission and the continued financial health of the College.

How can I make a gift?

Gifts can be made with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express by using our online form or by calling 1-866-487-3863. Checks made payable to Gustavus Adolphus College may be mailed to:

Gustavus Adolphus College
Office of Institutional Advancement
800 West College Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082

Does it matter when I pledge or make a gift?

Yes, it does matter. A gift or pledge made early in the academic year allows the College to plan and budget with greater accuracy. Gustavus’ fiscal year begins on June 1 and ends May 31.

What are matching gifts? Will my employer match my gift?

Many companies match the charitable contributions of their employees. In this way, the impact of your gift to Gustavus may be doubled or even tripled. To have your gift matched, request a matching gift form from your human resources department, complete what’s necessary, and include it with your gift. We’ll take it from there.

If you don’t know whether or not your company has a matching gift program, you can use the search tool.