About UMF
Raising and managing gifts for the benefit of Minnesota's land-grant university

We connect passion with possibility

The University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF) is a key partner with the University in building and sustaining excellence among students and faculty, and fueling discovery in important areas on all University of Minnesota campuses. UMF accomplishes this by raising and managing gifts from individuals and organizations. Through collaboration with University leaders and development officers from all campuses, colleges, and programs, UMF staff ensure that fundraising activities are consistent with the University’s highest priorities and the donor’s philanthropic intentions.

UMF is a separate nonprofit organization with the sole purpose of supporting the University. It has been designated by the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents as the central development office for the University. The Regents have charged the Foundation with responsibility for:

  • Coordinating and executing fundraising activities on behalf of all University campuses, colleges, and programs.
  • Receipting and recording all gifts and reporting gifts to the Board of Regents for approval.
  • Managing and investing endowed funds.
  • Distributing funds, both current gifts and income from endowments, to the University for the purposes designated by donors.

Our vision

A future transformed by philanthropy, one dream and one legacy at a time

Our mission

To connect passion with possibility, inspire generosity, and support greatness at the University of Minnesota

Our values

We place donors at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make.
We act with integrity, and are accountable to each other, our donors, and the University.
We build trust through open, transparent communication.
We lead with bold initiatives that deliver powerful results.
We share a belief in our mission, value our colleagues, and express joy in our work.

Strategic plan

Through a collaborative process, UMF has created a five-year strategic roadmap for the systemwide development enterprise. The plan is built around four strategic imperatives: private investment, workplace, engagement, and operations.