We proudly recognize our corporate, foundation and individual donors from across Minnesota who give to the Minnesota Private College Fund. Their gifts support the more than 56,000 students at our 17 colleges and universities. They fund scholarships that help make college affordable for deserving students and contribute general operating support for our institutions' most pressing needs. We salute all our donors for their generosity and visionary commitment to higher education!

50+ year donors

In November 1951, a group of business leaders from throughout Minnesota came together to begin a drive for $250,000 on behalf of Minnesota's Private Colleges. It was a first-of-its-kind endeavor in which private colleges in any state had united for a fundraising campaign.

Today, more than 120 donors continue that tradition, including members of an elite group who have donated to the Fund for 50 years or more.

The other donors who have been with us for more than 50 years are:

  • Xcel Energy – 67 years
  • North Shore Bank – 64 years
  • Otter Tail Corporation – 63 years
  • BNSF Railway – 62 years
  • WNB Financial – 61 years
  • Faegre Drinker Foundation – 60 years
  • Federated Insurance Companies – 60 years
  • Goodin Company – 60 years
  • The Graco Foundation – 59 years
  • Horton Inc. – 59 years
  • Smyth Companies – 59 years
  • The Groves Foundation – 58 years
  • The Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation – 57 years
  • Securian Foundation – 56 years
  • Emerson – 55 years
  • The Medtronic Foundation – 55 years
  • Wenger Foundation – 54 years
  • The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota – 52 years
  • The State Bank of Faribault – 52 years
  • National Checking Company – 51 years
  • Western Bank – 51 years
  • Winona Heating and Ventilating Co. – 51 years

Leadership donors

For the 2018-19 campaign, our largest donors were: