“You value who I am and the dreams I hope to accomplish.” That’s what one student wrote to the donor supporting his scholarship, but it is a sentiment that is echoed by the hundreds of students who receive scholarships because of the generosity of so many. Our students are seen and supported — by you.

We’re grateful for your giving, and that of all of our donors.

Our donors clearly understand how meaningful it is to support the next generation of leaders. Many of you have been supporting our students for more than 50 years. We also have several donors who are able to make sizable donations, which is particularly appreciated. In the 2023 fiscal year your gifts totaled more than $1.6 million; you can see more about our financials in the 2022-23 Donor Report.


Allie Lopez

"I love my experience and am extremely grateful to receive the Access and Equity Scholarship that is making everything a reality for me."

Allie Lopez ’26
The College of St. Scholastica 

Major: Computer Information Systems
Minor: Data Analytics


And we’re not standing still. A new giving option was created this year, to support women majoring in STEM fields. A few key donors provided the leadership gifts that allowed us to launch this new pooled fund this year: the Council of Independent Colleges, Otto Bremer Trust, Boss Foundation, and Martin & Brown Foundation. If you have ideas for new ways to support our students, know that we’re ready to partner with you.

To all of our donors, thank you for all you do to support our college students. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

With gratitude,

Paul Cerkvenik
President, Minnesota Private College Fund

Barbara McDonald
President, The College of St. Scholastica
Chair, Minnesota Private College Fund Board of Directors

Anthony Kelley
U.S. Bank
Chair, Fundraising Committee, Minnesota Private College Fund

Fiscal year 2023 report

Minnesota Private Colleges are the grateful beneficiaries of the generosity of 117 donors whose commitments to the Fund in fiscal year 2023 totaled $1,687,575.

The gifts made in fiscal year 2023 are the second highest fundraising total of the past 20 years, which is heartening to see. The result? Our member institutions will benefit from more than $130,000 in operating support and more than 300 students will receive scholarships.

It is especially encouraging that 14 new donors made gifts to the Fund, six lapsed donors resumed giving, and 16 others were able to provide increases over their previous gifts.

In the 2023 fiscal year we also saw $696,984 in gifts and pledges toward future campaigns. Federated Insurance Companies, Martin & Brown Foundation, John & Karen Meslow, R.D. Offutt Company, and the Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota all committed to future scholarship support. In addition, the Helen Harrington Charitable Trust continued to provide the Fund’s largest gift of unrestricted operating dollars each year.

Recognizing our donors

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!

Donors of distinction

These donors made the largest donations in 2022-23. We welcome their critical support.

Support for 50 years and more

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, 60 or even 70 years.

Securian Financial is our donor reaching a new milestone this year, as a 60-year donor. Since 1880, Securian has been committed to providing insurance, investment and retirement solutions that give families the confidence to focus on what’s truly valuable: banking memories with those who matter most. And since 1880, Saint Paul has been Securian’s home, where it helps to build secure tomorrows for families across the country. Securian is the ninth largest insurance company in the United States, with 6,500 employees and representatives, and more than 22 million customers in North America. Securian has $1.5 trillion of life insurance in force, paying out $3.9 billion in benefits paid to customers in 2022.

Generations of students have been helped by the generosity of these donors, and others who have been giving for 50 years and longer. The following donors have earned our deep gratitude.

2022-23 donor list

We appreciate the generosity of all of our donors. These gifts make such a difference, helping open doors for a private college education.

Elite Circle ($200,000 and up)
DonorYears giving
The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota56
Leadership Circle ($100,000 - $199,999)
DonorYears giving
John & Karen Meslow25
Xcel Energy71
Founder's Circle  ($75,000 - $99,999)
DonorYears giving
The Council of Independent Colleges through its CIC/UPS Educational Endowment Fund46
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations3
Securian Financial60
Board’s Circle ($50,000 - $74,999)
DonorYears giving
Fred C. & Katherine B. Andersen Foundation2
F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation42
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation8
The Teagle Foundation4
President's Circle ($25,000 - $49,999)
DonorYears giving
Otto Bremer Trust14
The Graco Foundation63
Helen Harrington Charitable Trust45
Winton Jones Foundation4
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education & Research29
Medtronic Foundation Communities Fund59
Scholar's Circle ($15,000 - $24,999)
DonorYears giving
The Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation59
US Bank Foundation47
Benefactor ($10,000 - $14,999)
DonorYears giving
Julie Andrus Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation2
BNSF Railway Foundation66
Faegre Drinker Foundation64
Groves Foundation62
Horton, Inc.61
Martin & Brown Foundation1
Offutt Family Foundation2
Margaret Rivers Fund34
Mary Lynn & Warren Staley25
Patron ($5,000 - $9,999)
DonorYears giving
Baker Tilly47
Boss Foundation28
Paul Cerkvenik & Kathleen Murray25
Federated Insurance Companies63
Bill Lurton24
Provost ($3,000 - $4,999)
DonorYears giving
The Boldt Company19
MarPam Pharma1
Otter Tail Corporation67
Slaggie Family Foundation20
Dean ($1,000 - $2,999)
DonorYears giving
Anonymous Donor47
Alison & Owen Brown1
Kathleen M. Cooney9
William & Anne Craft9
David Crosby34
Christopher & Ryan Dolan1
Susan M. Eich9
Janet Olson Estep17
Ann Houser & Scott Pollei9
Helen & Eldon Jones Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation32
Anthony D. Kelley2
Kuhrmeyer Family Foundation29
Joanne Laird35
Michael & Sylvia Lovett10
John & Cherie McDowall37
Merchants Bank66
Russ & Jan Michaletz15
Teresa Mogensen5
J. Thomas & Janet Rajala Nelson Fund of The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation27
Laurie Nordquist13
North Shore Bank68
Nuss Family/Nuss Truck & Equipment Donor Advised Fund of the Rochester Area Foundation33
Premier Banks31
Abigail & Paul Pribbenow17
Brian & Nancy Siska Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation20
Archie D. & Bertha H. Walker Foundation6
WNB Financial65
Professor ($750 - $999)
DonorYears giving
Vern & May Nordling38
Graduate ($500 - $749)
DonorYears giving
James H. Barnes III & Barbara A. Barnes15
Brian & Carol Bruess1
Rev. James P. Burns IVD5
Alison R. Byerly2
Dr. Stanley M. & Luella G. Goldberg31
Goodin Company Foundation64
Hinckley Medical LLC1
Steve Kohner47
Robert & Sharon Mattison19
McGough Construction Company30
National Checking Company54
Neurotype, Inc.1
Newronika1
Gregg Peterson3
Rapp Strategies, Inc.30
Jim Rustad12
Baccalaureate ($250 - $499)
DonorYears giving
Anonymous Donor7
4J2R1C Limited Partnership30
Thomas & Rebecca Bergman8
Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmermann, Inc.38
Rev. Brian Friedrich4
Ajay Gupta5
Dan Loritz7
Barbara McDonald4
Dr. Fayneese Miller7
Mississippi Welders Supply Co.48
Dr. Suzanne M. Rivera3
Schwab47
St. Paul Lino38
Angela Wordell6
Associate (Gifts up to $249)
DonorYears giving
Anonymous Donor8
Anonymous Donor1
Ross Allen3
Paul Anderson1
Karen Angell15
D.J. Bitzan Jewelers22
Foussard Hospitality40
Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Haugh30
Lance & Carol Hazzard2
Joanne Kendall16
Mark Kronholm15
Godfrey Mpetey1
Rand Park13
Drs. Gene & Carrie Pfeifer8
Lance G. Reasor22
Becky & Mark Roloff7
Stacy Rooney8
Sanjit Sethi3
Bruce & Kaye Stender19
Robert Vanasek14
Robert Vischer1
TRIBUTE GIFTS

Brian & Carol Bruess, in remembrance of Fr. Rene McGraw, OSB

William & Anne Craft, in honor of Paul Cerkvenik

Lance & Carol Hazzard, in honor of Ann Houser