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Campaign nets $73 million for Saint Mary’s University

January 17, 2019

WINONA — A capital campaign to invest in facilities and future students raised $73 million for Saint Mary’s University.

The Discover, Inspire, Lead Campaign, which kicked off on May 12, 2017, and ended Dec. 31, 2018, raised a record sum for the university, far exceeding the campaign’s $57 million goal. The most raised in any previous capital campaign for SMU was $30 million during a campaign more than a decade ago, according to a statement from the university.

“Over 9,000 people made gifts to the campaign,” said Audrey Kintzi, vice president for advancement and communication. “That kind of broad-based support is to be celebrated. It’s heartwarming to see the pride of our Saint Mary’s family to want to be associated with this campaign and what we’re doing.”

The campaign will spend roughly $37.3 million on facilities, including the $19.7 million Science and Learning Center, which was completed in 2017.

Among the $35 million to be spent on student aid and scholarships will be more than $5 million toward the First Generation Initiative endowment, which ensures funding to support first-generation scholars at Saint Mary’s, the university stated. Altogether, the campaign supported many initiatives, including athletics, scholarships, business programs, the facilities and programs at the Twin Cities Campus, Lasallian formation, and the Saint Mary’s Fund.

More than 9,400 donors — including 3,986 first-time donors — gave 47,000 gifts. The campaign included 15 donations of $1 million or more.

“I am humbled and deeply grateful for everyone who chose to be a part of this extraordinary campaign,” Kintzi said.

The Rev. James P. Burns, president of Saint Mary’s University, shared Kintzi’s gratitude. “The generosity of our benefactors, friends, and alumni has furthered the university’s abilities to meet the needs of our students, as well as the demands of a challenging higher education environment,” he said. “We are forever grateful to the many partnerships that this campaign has cultivated and strengthened. We are excited to embark on ideas to further position us for a strong future, and we will depend on these partnerships to ensure our success.”

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