Giving Report 2016
Photo by David L. Hansen, University of Minnesota

High-yield solutions

Fortified by philanthropy, the University of Minnesota aims to solve some of society’s greatest challenges. A $3.5 million gift from the CHS Foundation, for example, will help us find sustainable ways to feed our planet by expanding educational opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders in agriculture. As you’ll discover in this report, innovative ideas are flourishing across the U, thanks to the 72,448 supporters who collectively donated $312 million last year to advance our work. Thank you for investing in a more prosperous future for everyone.

-Eric Kaler, ’82 Ph.D., President

It’s a long road from tending tobacco fields in North Carolina to being named the U of M’s 2016 homecoming marshal, but General Clara L. Adams-Ender, ’69 M.S., has always defied convention. The... Read more »
John, ’67 B.A., and Nancy Peyton understand adversity. Twenty years ago, their son, Ben, suffered a life-altering spinal cord injury during a hockey game at age 17. Beating the odds, Ben was able to... Read more »
Eric Jing’s $5 million gift to the Carlson School of Management made history this year: it was the University of Minnesota’s largest gift ever from China.  Jing, who is the president of Ant... Read more »
To advance care for abused and neglected children, the Otto Bremer Trust donated $2.5 million to the Center for Safe and Healthy Children at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. It’s... Read more »
“Invaluable” is how University of Minnesota Morris Rodney A. Briggs Library director LeAnn Dean describes a recent gift of books, articles, and scholarly materials that represent the life’s work of... Read more »
Big discoveries can come from research in small places. One example: the field of spintronics, which explores the role of electron spin in solid-state physics. Distinguished McKnight Professor Jian-... Read more »
Generations of extreme poverty and the loss of traditional foods have resulted in poor diets for many Native Americans, leading to increasing and disproportionate rates of obesity, diabetes, and... Read more »
Mariam Salama (in blue scrubs above) doesn’t mind getting out of her comfort zone. So for four weeks last summer, she shadowed health care workers at a prenatal clinic in rural Uganda. It was a... Read more »
NCAA Division II All-American Emi Trost, No. 9, a junior at University of Minnesota Duluth and the 2016 Central Region Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, is just one of the talented student-athletes... Read more »