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

Many donors support private higher education for the long haul.  Year after year, they remain steadfast, consistently at our side.  In fact, for a growing number, the commitment has endured for 50 or even 60 years.  Donors reaching these milestones this year are:

50-year donor: WinCraft Incorporated

WinCraft, established in 1961, is a leading manufacturer of licensed and promotional products for retailers, professional sports teams, concessionaires, colleges, businesses, distributors, and schools. They offer a vast array of products for every retail selling season, hot market, and major event.  WinCraft understands the industry and works hard to deliver products that help their customers grow their businesses.

60-year donor: The Graco Foundation

Founded in 1926 as a local family business, Graco is now a global company with 3,500 employees.  Graco’s goal is to be the industry’s highest-quality manufacturer of fluid handling products cutting across several markets.  The goal of The Graco Foundation is to help organizations grow their ability to serve community needs through grants focused on capital projects, specific programs and technology needs.  The Foundation places a priority on organizations that have a proven track record of enabling people to become self-sufficient and more productive. The Graco Foundation places emphasis on educational programs, especially STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs; human service programs promoting workforce development; and youth development programs.

Donors who have been with us for more than 50 years

Generations of students have been helped by the generosity of these donors, and others who have met this milestone. The following donors have been with us for more than 50 years:

Donors of distinction

2019-20 donor list

Elite Circle ($200,000 and up)
DonorYears giving
Ciresi Walburn Foundation for Children3
The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota53
Founder's Circle  ($75,000 - $99,999)
DonorYears giving
Xcel Energy68
Board’s Circle ($50,000 - $74,999)
DonorYears giving
The Council of Independent Colleges through its CIC/UPS Educational Endowment Fund43
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research27
Medtronic Foundation Communities Fund56
John & Karen Meslow22
President's Circle ($25,000 - $49,999)
DonorYears giving
The Graco Foundation60
Helen Harrington Charitable Trust42
Winton Jones Foundation1
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation5
Securian Financial57
The Teagle Foundation2
Wenger Foundation55
Scholar's Circle ($15,000 - $24,999)
DonorYears giving
Emerson56
The Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation57
US Bank Foundation44
Benefactor ($10,000 - $14,999)
DonorYears giving
BNSF Railway Foundation63
Faegre Drinker Foundation61
Groves Foundation59
Marvin Windows & Doors31
Margaret Rivers Fund31
Mary Lynn & Warren Staley22
Patron ($5,000 - $9,999)
DonorYears giving
Baker Tilly45
Boss Foundation26
Paul Cerkvenik & Kathleen Murray22
Federated Insurance Companies61
Provost ($3,000 - $4,999)
DonorYears giving
The Boldt Company16
Bill Lurton21
Otter Tail Corporation64
Winona Heating & Ventilating Co.52
Dean ($1,000 - $2,999)
DonorYears giving
Anonymous Donor44
Dave & Muriel Arnold Family Fund38
Bush Foundation Board of Directors Fund1
Kathleen M. Cooney & Robert J. LaBombard6
David & Kitty Crosby31
Dexter Davis1
Susan M. Eich6
David & Janet Estep15
Geoffrey Glasrud2
Ann Houser Charitable Fund, a donor-advised fund of the American Center for Philanthropy6
Helen & Eldon Jones Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation29
Kuhrmeyer Family Foundation26
David B. & Joanne Laird, Jr.32
Michael & Sylvia Lovett7
Merchants Bank63
Russ & Jan Michaletz12
Teresa Mogensen2
J. Thomas & Janet Rajala Nelson Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation25
Laurie Nordquist10
North Shore Bank65
Nuss Family/Nuss Truck & Equipment Donor Advised Fund of the Rochester Area Foundation30
Premier Banks28
Slaggie Family Foundation17
Slumberland/Larson Foundation32
Western Bank52
WNB Financial62
Professor ($750 - $999)
DonorYears giving
James H. Barnes III & Barbara A. Barnes12
Jim & Chris Green9
LHB, Inc.20
Jay Olson3
Angela Wordell2
Graduate ($500 - $749)
DonorYears giving
Anonymous Donor3
Rev. James P. Burns IVD2
William & Anne Craft6
Goodin Company Foundation61
Kohner Materials44
John & Cherie McDowall34
McGough Construction28
Wm. Miller Scrap Iron & Metal Co.25
May & Vern Nordling35
Philipps Bus Service38
Abigail & Paul Pribbenow14
Rapp Strategies, Inc.28
Brian & Nancy Siska Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation17
Smith Foundry Company39
The Thro Company – Christopher Thro37
WinCraft, Inc.50
Baccalaureate ($250 - $499)
DonorYears giving
4J2R1C Limited Partnership27
Karen L. Angell13
Thomas & Rebecca Bergman5
Cargill59
Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmermann, Inc.36
College of Saint Benedict6
Rev. Brian Friedrich1
Ajay Gupta2
Carolyn & Patrick Jones6
Dan Loritz4
Robert & Sharon Mattison16
Dr. Barbara McDonald1
Mississippi Welders Supply Co.45
Becky & Mark Roloff4
Jim Rustad9
Schwab44
St. Paul Linoleum & Carpet Co.35
Douglas Stang4
Julie Sullivan7
Thorne's Refrigeration LLC34
Associate (Gifts up to $249)
DonorYears giving
Anonymous Donor5
D.J. Bitzan Jewelers20
Marjorie A. Boening39
Thomas Fields1
Foussard Hospitality37
Dr. Stanley M. & Luella G. Goldberg28
Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Haugh27
Joanne Kendall13
Mark Kronholm12
David Kuefler19
Dr. Eugene McAllister1
Dr. Fayneese Miller3
James J. Mongé28
Mary Alice & Tim Morin4
Rand Park10
Gene & Carrie Pfeifer5
Steven Poskanzer & Jane Nofer Poskanzer10
Reasor Family Foundation19
Tom & Susie Ries8
Stacy Rooney5
Brian Rosenberg16
Sanjit Sethi - Minneapolis College of Art & Design1
Bruce & Kaye Stender16
Robert Vanasek12
TRIBUTE GIFTS
  • Thomas Fields – in memory of George Floyd
  • David B. & Joanne Laird, Jr. – in memory of Doug Hennes
  • David B. & Joanne Laird, Jr. – in memory of Sandy Lewis
  • Reasor Family Foundation – in honor of Al Amatuzio