Giving Guide: Your Gift. Your Choice.

“Our decision to make a gift ... comes out of thankfulness. We’re very thankful for the academics we earned, we’re grateful for the faculty that believed in us and encouraged us, and we’re proud of this institution and the excellence it represents.”
Karen Pfeifer, Class of 1973
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Watch and learn more about what inspires Karen and Craig Pfeifer to support Augustana.

The Augustana Fund

The Augustana Fund is the University's comprehensive annual giving initiative that supports current operations. Through "Your Gift. Your Choice." Donors may designate their gifts to areas of emphasis with which they have strong affinity:  For scholarships, where the greatest need exists, the performing and visual arts, athletics, faculty-research, academic programs, the Mikkelsen Library and Center for Western Studies.

With your support, Augustana can do the amazing. It can take a class of eager young people and in four years, turn them into world-changers. It can provide the finest in faculty, combined with dynamic learning and research opportunities, all within a caring and committed community. It can embark on a bold vision to become one of the premier higher education institutions in America.

But not without your participation. Your investment in the following priorities makes the amazing possible:

  • Where Needed Most

    Whether it’s in the labs, residence halls or the Morrison Commons, when there’s a need on campus, the Augustana Fund provides support. Augustana students thrive in a stimulating academic atmosphere that fosters global involvement, community service, creative expression, and personal growth. Your gift to the Augustana Fund will sustain student opportunities in and outside the classroom and impacts thousands of Augustana students and faculty every day.
  • Scholarships

    For many of our students, scholarships and financial assistance is pivotal in their decision to enroll and to graduate from AU. Your gift to the Augustana Fund will allow students to realize their dream of a liberal arts education.
  • The Performing & Visual Arts

    For our students musicians, stage performers and visual artists, your gift to the Augustana Fund will help fund experiential learning experiences, including costs associated with hall rentals, touring, equipment and supplies.
  • Athletics A-Club

    With more than 400 student-athletes in 19 sports, your gift to the A-Club fosters pride and supports our athletes to achieve success in competition and in the classroom.
  • Library Associates

    As the heart of Augustana’s academic community, the Mikkelsen Library needs the critical support of the Library Associates giving, which helps to expand collections and services, as well as provide opportunities for cultural events.
  • Center for Western Studies

    The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University is improving the quality of social and cultural life in the Northern Plains. Your gift supports the various programming provided by the Center.
  • Endowment Growth

    By creating endowed funds, donors committed to the University’s mission can support both their own values and University needs in perpetuity. Endowment is ultimately the most important guarantee of institutional excellence, generation after generation. Your gift to endowment growth positively impacts access, excellence and capacity.
  • Planned Giving and the Heritage Society

    Planned gifts include bequests through wills or living trusts, charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities, gifts of life insurance, property deeded with life estate retained, and charitable lead trusts.