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Courageous. Generous. Together.

Thanks to more than 310,500 donors, Driven: The University of Minnesota Campaign has surpassed its $4 billion goal.

Over the last ten years, your support made educational dreams a reality, advanced path-breaking research, and funded outreach that helped build community. 

Now, we are called to come together once more as our world tackles grand challenges that demand creativity and resolve. In these efforts, the community of the Driven—those who have offered support and those who have put it to good use—will continue to rise to the moment with optimism and determination..

Thank you for fueling this historic and inspiring journey!


Driven by the numbers

It’s impossible to measure the remarkable impact of Driven in a single data point, or even by numbers alone. More important than the dollars raised have been the countless lives changed by the historic generosity of donors. But the numbers do tell a story: how a determined community of generous University alumni and friends rallied around the belief in a better tomorrow. View the video below and view Driven by the numbers PDF


Voices of Driven

  • I can travel anywhere, whether it’s in the metro area or around Minnesota or even globally, and meet recipients of the scholarship. Many are leading major initiatives in their countries or their universities. They’re changing lives.

    —Connie Delaney, professor and dean at the School of Nursing; established the Connie White Delaney Fellowship in Nursing Innovation

  • We really can’t do what we do without support from our gracious donors and their awesome contributions.

    —Jake Krabbenhoft, ‘20 B.S., former president of the U of M Duluth Clean Snowmobile Club, which relies on gifts from donors to compete in the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge

  • Music is what I enjoy and what I see myself doing. Scholarship support gave me the opportunity to take voice lessons, which I had never done before. Being able to explore that is astoundingly beneficial, especially as I’ll be teaching students to sing.

    —Huy Tran, '22, music education major, University of Minnesota Morris; recipient of the Clyde E. Johnson Music Scholarship

  • We only exist today because donors from the community sought us out at critical times. Without that start-up money, we wouldn’t be here.

    —Kristen Delegard, cofounder of the Mapping Prejudice project at U of M Libraries

  • Caregivers on the front lines are essential in the fight against COVID-19, and they need support from everyone for success.

    —Wei C. , Minneapolis, donor to the U of M Caregiver Emergency Fund

  • I donated to the scholarship honoring George Floyd because it's time for me to start being a part of the solution in changing the effects of institutionalized racism in this country.

    —Cresta J., Eden Prairie, Minnesota

  • Having an education can make a difference in how you experience the rest of your life.

    —Brian Gerhardson, ’86 B.S.B., who established a scholarship for Carlson School of Management students who have a connection to programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students and allies

  • The emergency grant paid for a month of rent. That might not seem like a lot, but it helped so much. It’s nice knowing that people who gave to this fund really care about my education. There are so many good hearts out there.

    —Lexi Carstensen, ‘20 B.S., health services management major, recipient of a Student Emergency Fund grant during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • All the ingredients to do something big are right here, right now, and we’re excited to push forward and make it happen.

    —Damien Fair, codirector of the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain, a collaboration between the U of M Medical School and the College of Education and Human Development