The State of the College
In the Gratitude Report, we celebrate the generosity of our many alumni and friends who have invested in Augustana through their charitable giving during the Momentum Augustana Campaign between Aug. 1, 2007 and July 31, 2014.
Your efforts to “pay it forward” will live on for generations through countless students who will come to our campus to explore and discover important concepts in order to create an even better world tomorrow.
Thank you! We hope you will continue to invest in Augustana.
a message from Vice president of Advancement BOb Preloger
In my role as vice president for Advancement, these words by Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine Monk, are especially meaningful for me. For all of us who learn, teach and serve at Augustana, these words of inspiration represent our sentiments toward the generosity of all those who give of their time, talents and treasure in support of this great place.
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This report recognizes more than 15,000 alumni, parents, friends, churches and organizations who supported the Momentum Augustana campaign, the historic endeavor to build an “Augustana Like Never Before.”
In 2007 when we announced our ambitious goal to raise $120 million for Augustana’s future, many were skeptical. The goal was too large, too robust, our critics said. But for those of us who have served Augustana for decades, we knew we had to think big – to dream big.
And so we did.
There certainly were challenges along the way. The stock market crash in 2008 and the recession that followed were indeed difficult for us. Thankfully, our donors remained loyal and continued to offer their support in order to create opportunities for our students and professors.
Today, it pleases us beyond measure to report that by God’s grace, we persevered and have exceeded our goal by raising $121,437,279 in gifts, pledges and planned gifts, making Momentum Augustana the largest fund raising effort in the College’s 154-year history.
About the Campaign
Momentum Augustana included aggressive efforts to grow the endowment, fund new academic programming, increase annual giving and enhance our facilities.
The facility enhancements that have been funded by the campaign will prove to be among the most significant in the College’s history. From the $35 million, 125,000-square-foot Froiland Science Complex, to the $7 million complete renovation of Mikkelsen Library, to the $11 million, 6,500-seat Kirkeby-Over Stadium, the new Huether Tennis Center, Morstad Soccer Field and Karras Park baseball stadium, we are watching the footprint of the campus change and grow. Most important, Augustana is better positioned to serve our campus community and further enhances the College’s appeal to prospective students.
Beyond the bricks and mortar, Momentum also raised support for undergraduate research, international programming, internships and experiential learning – all high-impact experiences that challenge and prepare our students for their chosen fields of endeavor. And, it enabled an aggressive approach to recruit dedicated and gifted professors.
Finally, your gifts are also helping Augustana to provide access for generations of students to come. Through this generosity, the College’s endowment has grown to more than $70 million. Most of the earnings on the endowment fund academic, merit and talent scholarships and provide need-based financial assistance, making the College an affordable option for outstanding students.
We give humble thanks for the success of the campaign, but, also realize that there is much more to accomplish as Augustana pursues its ambitious plans for the future.
Vice President for Advancement