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

March 15, 2023

Luther College’s eighth annual Giving Day campaign was a “gnome-run” after raising more than $1.1 million dollars to support students. 

“We are incredibly grateful to the generous donors who supported Luther on this day,” said President Jenifer K. Ward. “I also want to give a heartfelt thank you to our dedicated team of ‘gnomes’ who worked tirelessly leading up to and on the day of the event–and who were inspired by the stories that accompanied the gifts flowing in. It was truly a day on which the impact of a Luther education was on display, over generations and across the miles.”

On March 9, people from all 50 states showed their support of the college with more than 1,500 gifts totaling $1,100,901. These donations to the Luther Fund support students in many impactful ways. From scholarships to textbooks to off-campus study, it makes student learning possible. From student organizations to volunteer opportunities, it creates experiences that shape college students into active, engaged citizens. From campus improvements to landscaping, it ensures that students live in a safe and beautiful place that they’ll be eager to return to as alumni.

“The campus is still buzzing from such a high-energy day!” said Mary Duvall, vice president for development. “While we are thrilled about the total amount raised, the meaningful part to me is the people who made it possible. From parents, to alumni, faculty and staff, community members and students – all of these people joined to collectively make a difference at the college we all love.”

Mark your calendars! Giving Day 2024 is set for Thursday, March 7. 


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