2014 Report on Giving
A powerful performance on the part of donors led to the second biggest year of giving at the U
"Bravo! Please join me in celebrating the revitalized Northrop, which opened to rave reviews on April 4, 2014. Thanks to state and community support, including nearly $10 million in philanthropic gifts, the monumental project preserved many of the building’s original details while creating magnificent new spaces for even more people to enjoy. Equally spectacular were last year’s giving results: More than 75,000 donors gave $282 million across the University—our second-highest giving total ever.
to find out how that generosity expands discovery, enhances the University, and enriches all our lives. Thanks to all of our donors for playing a leading role in our success."
—Eric Kaler, Ph.D. ’82, U of M President
2014 giving highlights
Care for all of Minnesota
Helping to fill an urgent and worsening shortage of primary care providers in Minnesota, a $10 million scholarship gift from the Bentson Foundation will enable the U’s world-class School of Nursing to train an army of advanced practice nurses—Doctors of Nursing Practice in such areas as pediatrics, geriatrics, and family practice—over the next decade. The effort aims to reverse shortage-fueled declines in care access, affordability, and quality. Bentson Foundation Executive Director Judi Dutcher predicts the infusion will prove "transformational," especially for underserved and rural populations.
A gift that gives back
Treated for bone cancer at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital at age 2, freshman Mariah Berner now wants to explore a career in pediatric oncology. Thanks to a Buuck Family Scholarship, she’ll have time to focus on her studies while also volunteering at a local hospital or clinic. Berner is one of 25 first-year U students to receive the $5,000 scholarship—$20,000 over four years—through a $10 million commitment from longtime U of M supporters Bob and Gail Buuck, who also recently expanded their scholarship for students with disabilities. Dedicated volunteers themselves, the Buucks want to encourage students to give back by helping others.
Game plan for the future
The Lillehei Heart Institute (LHI) and Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Minnesota couldn’t be more different in focus, but both will be getting a lift from benefactor Robert Eddy, ‘74 B.A. The retired telecommunications executive committed a $20 million bequest to the U, to be divided equally between LHI and athletics. A volunteer Sherburne County sheriff’s deputy, former firefighter, and EMT, Eddy already knows a lot about cardiac arrest and was already an LHI donor. He also knows that a strong University athletics program is crucial for building a solid base of supporters—both fans and donors. The ultimate vote of confidence? The dollars will be used where U leaders in those areas deem them most needed.