Working at UMF
Your talent + our bold ideas = a better tomorrow for everyone

The University of Minnesota is driven to meet the world’s biggest challenges head-on, and the talented development staff at the U of M Foundation are essential to this effort. Join us in a thriving intellectual community that attracts curious and committed colleagues—doers, makers, and dreamers at the heart of a statewide system improving life for millions every day.

These statements, developed by representatives from across the U's development community at all organizational levels, guide and inspire UMF staff.

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.

University of Minnesota Foundation employees receive U of M benefits, including competitive pay, medical and dental plans, life insurance, disability coverage, retirement savings plans, flexible spending accounts, tuition benefits, and an award-winning wellness program—to name just a few. For more U of M benefits information, please visit the U's Human Resources Benefits section.

Working at the U of M Foundation, you’re surrounded by committed colleagues who are passionate about their work—and our results show it. In 2015, our development staff raised $351 million in gifts and commitments, the highest total in University history, surpassing the former record by $62 million. In 2017, $336 million became the second-highest total.

Some of our development professionals work at the central U of M Foundation offices, while others are specialists within one of the University’s campuses, colleges, or units. Wherever your “home” is within the University, you’re supported by a full range of training, tools, and resources to make sure you’re set up for success.

The University of Minnesota enjoys a close partnership with a deeply engaged corporate sector and a historically generous community of philanthropists. In a 2016 ranking, Minnesota was named the second most charitable state in the country. The Chronicle of Philanthropy rated the University as the 17th largest charity in the country (out of 400) and the top charity in Minnesota.

Three reasons Daniel Podoll loves working at UMF

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Opportunity to work with colleagues who are passionate about the U


Benefits, stability, and growth opportunities are second to none


So many fields of study exist here that everyone can find a career that connects with their passion