Gratitude Report Celebrates Giving to Augustana

Augustana University Gratitude Report

Augustana today released its Gratitude Report, a celebration of the generosity of our many alumni and friends who invested more than $19 million in Augustana through their charitable giving between Aug. 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015.

Gifts made to Augustana provide access for generations of students to come.

"It’s difficult to put into words how grateful we are to you, whose selfless acts of giving help to ensure that an Augustana education remains within reach for the 1800-plus students we serve," said Bob Preloger, vice president for Advancement.

Augustana students, Preloger said, express their gratitude each year through thank-you notes like these:

"Donations like yours are what make it possible for disadvantaged students like me be able to chase our dreams and go to college, and for that, there are no amount of words I could write to thank you enough." — Sheila Holbrook ‘19 from Bridgewater, South Dakota

“I believe giving to others in general is one of the best possible acts that any one person can do. Generosity without the intent to receive in return benefits not only the recipient but subsequent people after. People like you inspire me to hopefully give students scholarships to get their college education.” — Jake Connealy ‘16 from Bennington, Nebraska

"The 2014-15 academic year was another extraordinary period in Augustana’s history. We continued to make a difference in the lives of our students, we recorded breakthroughs in our scientific and social research, enriched the hearts and minds of thousands through the performing and visual arts, and forged strong connections in our community. We welcomed newcomers and said goodbye to dear friends," Preloger said.

"We recently completed Phase I of the Froiland Science Complex, the largest building project in our 156-year history, took home athletic championships, climbed in influential national rankings and strengthened our connections abroad. The philanthropic support of our donors helped make these achievements possible."