The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation
A Letter from John Schweers, Chairman
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I welcome you to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation Web site. This site is designed to give you an introduction to the mission and work of the Foundation and to showcase the extraordinary and invaluable results that come from an investment in higher education.
Established in 1968 as the Northstar State University Foundation, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation was created to address the increasing need for private support. Today, the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as an integral partner with institutional foundations to advocate for the system and to raise and distribute funds for the benefit of students, faculty, staff, programs and communities.
Gifts to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation come from the Foundation’s board of directors, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ trustees and staff, individual donors, civic and corporate leaders and area foundations. These gifts help students, faculty, and staff.
The work of the Foundation supports the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system’s strategic plan, which focuses on increasing access, promoting high quality learning programs, providing programs and services integral to regional economic needs, and inspiring innovation to meet the needs of current and future learners. By seeking funding for campus programs and services, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation strengthens the system’s ability to deliver exemplary and forward–thinking learning experiences to the campus community and the community–at–large.
I am proud of the contribution the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Foundation makes to our schools, to urban and rural communities, to our students and to the future of quality education. I want to thank our current donors. Each of you is a catalyst for excellence. For those of you who have not yet partnered with us, I look forward to welcoming you into a community of education excellence and stewardship.