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Giving to the College of Liberal Arts

Your gifts will make CLA a destination for the world's brightest minds.

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How You Can Help

The wellbeing of our students is always our top priority. For students forced to adapt quickly to new learning realities and new financial circumstances in the face of COVID-19, the impact is significant and immediate, especially those who already face financial insecurity.

The College of Liberal Arts is focusing our fundraising efforts on ensuring all of our students have access to housing, food, tuition relief, mental health services, and transportation. If you’re able to help, please consider a gift to the CLA Student Emergency Support Fund. Thank you. Our students are fortunate to have you in their corner.

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The Transformative Impact of Giving

"My scholarships gave me that room to be able to choose career experiences where the focus could be more on building career skills than having to fully support myself."

Recent graduate Lauren Foley (BA '21, English and Spanish) was the first person in her family to embark on a four-year degree. She found what she needed in CLA.

Impact by the Numbers

You make CLA a destination for the world's brightest minds, and keep a college education within reach for the talented, the visionary, the driven.

$98.2
million to support students
16
new funds to support faculty research and teaching
$44.7
million for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives

Learners to Leaders

Jonathan Du

Your scholarship and fellowship gifts will enable us to recruit the brightest minds to Minnesota and prepare them to lead in industries and communities close to home and around the world.

With your help, we’ll deepen our focus on providing critical access to high-impact, experiential learning opportunities for students, including internships, undergraduate research, and learning abroad.

Our goal is to meet all students where they are and maximize their skills, potential, and well-being in a rapidly changing world. 

Innovators & Educators

Will Jones

Faculty members are at the heart of CLA’s thriving academic community. The range of expertise they bring, along with their commitment to advance knowledge through research and to impact future generations through teaching, make faculty essential to our mission. 

Your gifts to support faculty will help strengthen relationships with community partners, advance measurable experimentation, and test new ideas. 

Channeling curiosity. Investing in discovery. Cultivating possibility. Partnering on solutions. Elevating Minnesota and society as a whole. These are the goals your gifts will fuel through faculty scholarship, engagement, and teaching.

Psychology Professor Rich Lee points at photo album with onlooker

College of Liberal Arts faculty are driven to shine a light on inequality and injustice with the goal of creating a more representative, equitable, and diverse society for everyone. Learn what inspires their research, creative work, and approaches to teaching.

Ways to Give

There are lots of ways to make a gift to CLA, including one-time cash gifts, monthly gifts, tribute gifts, matching gifts from your employer, through your donor advised fund, and more. You can also create a crowdfunding page to support the program or fund of your choice.

You can also make a gift of real estate, insurance or retirement funds, appreciated securities, or even designate CLA as a beneficiary in your will or trust.

However you choose to give, your support will make a difference.