Fall 2017
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Join the journey

Get involved in the U's $4 billion fundraising campaign


Today, in an era of tremendous transformation and constant change, it’s time to restate the promise of the University of Minnesota— to ignite hope, inspire new generations, and deliver innovations that fuel our economy and shape our world. 

Strengthened by the unique benefits of both urban and rural locations, our University is one of only five public or private universities in the nation with schools of engineering, medicine, law, public policy, veterinary medicine, business, and agriculture.

Through Driven: The University of Minnesota  Campaign, we have set a path to make a direct, enduring difference for our students, state, and world. Getting there will be far from business as usual. In addition to renewed commitment, it will take courage, a sense of adventure, and an even deeper belief in the power of generosity.

We look forward to making this journey with you.

The University of Minnesota has transformed lives, kept our economy strong, fueled creativity, and become a source of answers for people around the world. 

The extraordinary capacity of our state’s land-grant university, combined with quintessential Minnesota values—resourcefulness, resilience, and a shared belief in the value of opportunity—creates a powerful force for change.

That’s why we’re embarking on the largest philanthropic initiative in University history, Driven: The University of Minnesota Campaign. The $4 billion campaign will support five main priorities: 

  • Elevate a world-class student experience
  • Accelerate advances in health
  • Protect and sustain agriculture, food, and water
  • Drive a Minnesota plan for innovation
  • Provide a place of opportunity for everyone

This special campaign issue of Legacy shows the impact U of M students, faculty, researchers, alumni, and generous donors like you are already having on these five priorities. Together, we can imagine a better future and forge a path to that brighter tomorrow. 

Watch the video below to learn more about the Driven campaign.