Already, it’s been a great start to a new year, but before we get much further into January, I want to invite you to join me in celebrating some remarkable moments for Augsburg from 2013. Many of you know that I found myself agreeing to dedicate myself to the campaign to bring a new center to the heart of the Augsburg campus—the Center for Science, Business, and Religion.
I am always amazed by what happens when we set our attention on what Jim Collins, the best-selling business writer, calls a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). Everything starts to point toward achieving that goal.
Alumni stepping up in big ways
Augsburg made a real commitment to leadership, placing first among colleges and universities in Minnesota for the Give To The Max Day (November 14), and fourth overall. We reported the results in detail in our previous newsletters.
Since our Regent-sponsored Leadership Summit on October 3, more than 200 alumni, friends and supporters have added more than $570,000 to the campaign totals. Most of these new gifts to the CSBR have been donated by alumni. With the closing of the financials for 2013, the campaign has currently raised $26.1 million. Our next very important target is to secure a total of $34 million by the end of April. Each of you reading this newsletter already knows why this date is so important. The Regents will use our progress toward that number as a guidepost for determining a “shovel in the ground” date to begin building the center, thus setting in motion the process of bringing it from idea to reality.
It’s the people who make all the difference
As important as all these numbers are in helping us track our progress and momentum, it is the people who generously make their commitment to Augsburg and its future, and the students and faculty working each day on the task of teaching and learning, that inspire us as we keep our eyes on the target.
People like you
As you read through the profiles of generosity that follow here, I hope you will also identify with their stories. As I have said before, I invite you to do three things:
- Prayerfully consider a stretch gift to the campaign
- Think about who you know who needs to hear the story of this special place
- Become a class leader and join the effort to raise $1 million or more per class
Thank you to every one of you who shares our vision, who believes in the importance of investing in the Augsburg of today and tomorrow. I can feel the energy growing, growing toward our vital destination.
Mike Good ’71
National Campaign Chair