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Create the Change Agents of Tomorrow

With your gift to the Shattering Expectations campaign, you’ll prepare a new generation to address the world’s toughest problems with empathy and imagination, and to lead with curiosity and compassion. You’ll fuel discoveries that advance global perspectives and grounded solutions.

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Together we're finding the answers



The Transformative Impact of Giving

  • "Who has wrought this magic? It is due to the unselfish act of one great-hearted man: John S. Pillsbury."

  • “These kids are talking to each other and relating and feeling good about themselves because they’re not all alone.”

  • "History is not a static ‘thing’ that happened in the past; it is something that’s happening now."

  • “We know that liberal arts students are particularly well-suited to succeed in the modern workplace.”

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.

$125k

In seed grant funding was awarded to 25 test pilot projects through the new Joan Aldous Innovation Fund. These projects support CLA engagement and diversity goals.

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Faculty were awarded Grand Challenges Exploratory Research Grants, increasing CLA’s impact on critical societal issues through its interdisciplinary research strengths.

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Of Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Graduate Student Fellowship offers were accepted, an increase of 35% over CLA’s previous 6-year average.



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Attract Top Students

Your scholarship and fellowship gifts enable us to recruit the brightest minds to Minnesota. What's more, they provide critical access to experiential learning opportunities, like internships, undergraduate research, and study abroad.

With your help, each of our students--not just the extra motivated or well-connected few--can chart a path to success.

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Engage Every Voice

CLA is home to nearly half the University’s students of color, a third are the first in their families to attend college, and transfer students make up 40% of our undergraduate population.

Your gifts will level the playing field for these students and provide a springboard for their future success. You can also invest in faculty who are exploring issues of race, gender, identity, aging, and equality.

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Spark Innovation & Collaboration

Big ideas need support at the start. Your gifts will launch new projects, enable faculty to compete for large external grants, and generate findings that improve lives.

Your investments in world-class interdisciplinary programs will also give faculty the critical resources they need to collaborate on complex challenges and seek innovative solutions.

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We'd love to talk to you about how your gifts can make a difference and lend a helping hand. Call us at 612-625-5031.

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