Already, great strides

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.

Driven progress

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


For more info:

PDF of 2018 giving results and campaign results     

PDF of Voices of Driven: 2018 Report on Giving to the University of Minnesota



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