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Creating the Change Agents of Today & 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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The Transformative Impact of Giving

  • "It's easy to wait for a better time, but deep down inside you want to do it. It's the gift that gives to the soul."

  • "Housing justice and geography have so much to say to one another. I'm here to help open doors for people."

  • “More than ever, we need to provide access to affordable, quality education, both through taxpayer support and giving."

  • "I am living proof that people can succeed as a first-generation college student."

  • “Once you find your passion and the piece of you that clicks, everything else falls into place.”

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.


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.


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


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 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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