September 14, 2018
When the U of M launched the public phase of Driven: The University of Minnesota Campaign on a sunny September morning last year, it represented the University’s first campaign in almost 20 years—and, with a goal of $4 billion, ranked in the top five among public universities nationwide.
Since then—thanks to dedicated donors, campaign ambassadors, and friends of the University—the U is well on the way to reaching its ambitious goal.
“We are always inspired by the amazing impact of so many people's generosity, and proud to help donors connect their passion with possibility here at the University," says Kathy Schmidlkofer, president and CEO of the University of Minnesota Foundation.
Watch a short video about what's happened since the public launch of Driven.
Goal: $4 billion
Amount raised (as of September 2018): $3 billion
Spreading the word
Donors and friends celebrated the start of the public phase of Driven through a series of events held across campuses, across the country, and across the globe.
15 on-campus launches of colleges, campuses, and units
4 regional U.S. launches in New York, Arizona, California, and Florida
3 international launches in Hong Kong and mainland China
Making discovery happen
The Driven campaign, which started its leadership phase in July 2011, has seen incredible progress to date:*
209,562 campaign donors
95,028 new University donors
9 donors of $25 million
883 new undergraduate scholarships
464 new graduate and professional scholarships and fellowships
46 new professorships and endowed faculty chairs
*As of June 30, 2018
The journey so far
Gifts made during the first year of the Driven campaign’s public phase are already making a significant difference in our world. Here are just a few ways:
- Enabled faster emergency response and transport to treatment centers, as well as mobile delivery of lifesaving therapies, to cardiac arrest patients
- Restored a historic pipe organ at Northrop for the benefit of future concertgoers
- Provided University researchers with a state-of-the-art robotics lab and a new space to enable discoveries in physics, astronomy, and earth sciences
- Enhanced scholarship and research opportunities for Native American students
- Supported U.S. veterans who wish to pursue graduate and undergraduate degrees
- Finished construction of an Athletes Village to help Gopher student-athletes excel in both sport and academics
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- The campaign, which includes all five University campuses, will rank among the top five campaigns of public universities nationwide.
- A College of Design alumnus and spouse have committed $3 million to support graduate students studying landscape architecture.
- 3M’s $26 million investment in the Driven campaign includes a new $8 million commitment to support scholarships and outreach programs.
- Minnesota Masonic Charities accelerates its pledge payments and provides an influx of $25 million for the Masonic Cancer Center to use over the next two years.