Luther College raises $1.1 million in support of students on Giving Day

March 16, 2022

Luther College’s seventh annual Giving Day campaign was a major success after raising more than $1.1 million dollars to support students on March 10.

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to those who decided to give a gift to Luther College this Giving Day,” said President Jenifer K. Ward. “Watching gifts come in and talking with folks who decided to invest in this institution is such a powerful reminder of all who care about and love Luther College. The combination of generosity of tangible gifts and generosity of spirit of the Luther community will inspire me as we go forward this semester and into the future, and for that, I am very grateful.”

In total, Luther raised a preliminary amount of $1,143,556 from more than 1,550 gifts. These donations to the Luther Fund support just about everything students need including scholarships and financial aid, field study trips, music tours, student organizations, volunteer opportunities in the community and more.

Leading the effort is Megan Torkelson, director of annual giving. She looks forward to this event each year because of the energy it creates across campus.

“Giving Day really epitomizes the idea of “being community’ here at Luther College. The development and alumni team works all together in Gnome Base (our big board room) and throughout the day we help energize and encourage each other. Students flow in and out as they deliver thank yous to faculty and staff across campus. Visitors stop by to say hello and share their Luther stories. Giving Day is meant to be a day to celebrate the Luther community and we truly see it come to life here in Loyalty Hall as our Gnome Base becomes a hub of activity and Luther love,” said Torkelson.

Giving Day 2023 is set for Thursday, March 9.

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