Continued support and growth of the Luther Fund are critical for the college’s success. The Luther Fund has exceeded $2 million for four consecutive years, and these unrestricted gifts directly support just about everything students need: scholarships, financial aid, music tours, student groups, intramural sports, student/faculty research, well-kept residence halls, well-equipped classrooms, a beautiful campus, and so much more! Support for the Luther Fund goes to work immediately and directly impacts the college’s annual operating budget, making it vital to life and learning at Luther College. All gifts given by alumni increase alumni participation rates, an important factor in positioning Luther in national college rankings. With your sustained and increased support, the Luther Fund will continue to impact all Luther students.
In addition to the Luther Fund, restricted current fund gifts support other programs and strategic needs for Luther College. These gifts include funding for named scholarships in a current year (including those focused on unmet financial need), support for the Norse Athletic Association, resources to enhance the services of the Career Center, and seed money to launch key strategic priorities including an innovation incubator.
Long-term growth of the Luther College endowment has been the focus of past campaign efforts, and it will continue to be a top institutional priority to achieve ample endowed resources to support critical needs. Student scholarship support remains the most important, and ever-present, endowment need. Making a Luther education affordable is essential for recruiting and retaining students, and scholarship assistance is often the deciding factor.
In addition to traditional endowed scholarships, the college seeks to secure full funding to meet the challenge match for the Regents’ Promise Scholarship, grow endowment for applied learning and career exploration through the Career Center, and launch the new Rochester Hub. Faculty resources for innovative teaching and learning are also at the forefront of Luther’s endowment priorities.
Though building the endowment is Luther’s foremost long-term focus, initial fundraising efforts for two major capital projects are being launched during this initiative: the renovation and expansion of Luther’s athletics facilities and of Main Building. In summer 2017, synthetic turf was installed on Legacy Field, and outdoor tennis courts were resurfaced; both projects are fully funded. The college will now turn its strategic attention toward renovating and expanding the indoor athletics complex. Phase-one planning for the renewal of Main began in 2018.
Through the years, planned gifts have continued to support the endowment and other priority needs of the college, including student scholarship support, collaborative student/faculty research funds, and other endowed funds supporting mission-based experiences. Now, more than ever, the college seeks support from alumni and friends to ensure endowment growth for future generations of Luther students.
For more information on ways to support our current priorities, or Luther College in general, please contact the Development Office at (800) 225-8664. Of course, if you're ready to make your gift today, you may visit givenow.luther.edu.Thank you, again, for your interest in supporting Luther College.