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Philanthropy and the Future

For 150 years, giving has transformed the College of Liberal Arts. Donors have supported our most ambitious projects and our students’ greatest achievements. Together, donors have made 239,566 gifts to CLA totaling $343 million. Their vision and generosity enrich every aspect of the CLA experience.

Here are just some of the ways donors have made a difference:

  • Top arts destination

    Secured Minnesota’s place among top destinations for the arts when they created the Barbara Barker Center for Dance, the Regis Center for Art, and Ted Mann Concert Hall

  • Frontier economic research

    Amplified Minnesota’s reputation for producing frontier economic research by establishing the Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute, which honors the legacies of Nobel Prize-winning faculty Leonid Hurwicz and Walter Heller

  • Scholars of the College

    Introduced Scholars of the College to inspire and reward innovative, field- shaping research that pushes the boundaries of knowledge and artistic practice

  • More internship support

    Increased scholarships for internships by 1466% (not a typo!), from a pool of $300,000 in July 2011 to a scholarship pool of $4.7 million today

  • Motley Teaching Awards

    Recognized exemplary teaching with the annual Arthur “Red” and Helene B. Motley Exemplary Teaching Awards

  • Stroud Scholarship

    The late Myrtle and Charles Stroud gave the largest gift in the college’s history — $14 million — to establish the Charles and Myrtle Stroud Scholarship, changing the lives of nearly 200 students each year


Today, we’re in the midst of the largest campaign in CLA’s history, with a goal of raising $150 million by June 30, 2021. Through our Shattering Expectations campaign, donors are preparing a new generation to address the world’s toughest problems with empathy and imagination, and to lead with curiosity and compassion.

Campaign by the numbers

Pie Chart: 14,023 alumni have given $91.3 million. 689 faculty and staff have given $8 million. 3,372 non alumni have given $28.8 million. 552 corporations and foundations have given $9.9 million.

138 million dollars raised to date

  • 59 new funds to support graduate students 
  • 110 funds to support undergraduate students
  • 67 new funds to support faculty research and community engagement
  • 1,100 scholarships awarded for the 2018-19 academic year totaling nearly $4 million — double what we awarded just 10 years ago

Want to leave your mark on CLA? Learn more and make a gift