University of Minnesota launches $4 billion campaign

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

Following a unanimous endorsement of the campaign by the Board of Regents, President Eric Kaler addresses an enthusiastic U of M community.

Campaign co-chairs John and Nancy Lindahl, both members of the Class of '68

On September 8, 2017, U of M donors, students, staff, faculty, alumni, and other supporters gathered to celebrate the official launch of the public phase of a 10-year fundraising campaign called Driven: The University of Minnesota Campaign.

The goal is to raise $4 billion for students, faculty, and the U’s three-part mission of education, research, and outreach for the benefit of all Minnesotans.

A number of individuals and organizations have already helped the U raise nearly $2.5 billion toward its Driven campaign goal. Land O’ Lakes is one such supporter; in September 2014, the company pledged a landmark $25 million to the U over 10 years.

The Land O'Lakes investment benefits Intercollegiate Athletics, Carlson School of Management, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, U-wide initiatives including Welcome Week and the annual agriculture symposium, and the College of Science and Engineering.

The Driven campaign includes all five U of M campuses, all 16 colleges, and many non-degree programs, including Athletics, Extension, the Weisman Art Museum, and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

“In an era of tremendous transformation and constant change, it’s time to restate the promise of the University of Minnesota—to ignite hope, inspire new generations, and deliver innovations that fuel our economy and shape our world,” said U of M President Eric Kaler at the September 8 press conference.

Photos courtesy of AM Photography and University of Minnesota Foundation