What can we as alumni do to assure Augsburg’s standing as a distinctive urban college? What might happen to Augsburg if each class cumulatively gave $1 million or more to support the Center for Science, Business, and Religion?
Some of us have been giving those questions much thought and more ACTION.
In my field of investments, I constantly hear about the need for engineers, people with backgrounds in science and mathematics. Augsburg is embarking on this new building project to help train our students to fill that need. It will be a wonderful addition to this campus and give a real sense of pride to those who help get it built.
You have heard from my fellow alumnus and volunteer Chris Ascher ’81 about the Class Challenge idea. You will see in the updates section of this newsletter a list of classes and the funds raised so far toward the CSBR campaign. I am writing today to invite you to think about your place in this essential effort to move Augsburg forward as a truly unique and powerful urban liberal arts college.
All of us who attended Augsburg received the benefits of the remarkable foresight and generosity of people passionate about learning, committed to their faith, and eager to bring the two together to create a very special College. Their gifts of time, talent, and money built Augsburg, brick by brick, student by student, professor by professor. Even if we paid full price for our Augsburg education, we received tangible support from the millions of investments made by others before us. Many of us received financial help when we went to school. This help came from people unknown to us, who believed that an educated person has a better chance in life to be happy and successful, and perhaps improve the lives of all people.
That is why I am calling on all Auggies to join me and my peers as we “pay it back and pay it forward!”
What do I mean by this call to action?
I mean each of us can make a difference with our gifts to financially support our college and the CSBR campaign.
No time like the present
If each class raises their $1 million, that is enough to reach our goal and put this wonderful Center at the heart of the campus. And today is a great day to act because we are announcing a significant challenge gift to encourage the classes of ’71 and ’72 to make your gifts and pledges now. The challenge, which has been received, offers a match for each gift and pledge made from members of these two classes between now and the end of 2013 up to $75,000 per class. Please contact me, Chris Ascher or the Advancement team with your interest in helping to secure those extra matching funds.
Not in one of these classes? Other challenge gifts are seeking other supporters in the sciences including the Hanwick Challenge .
None of us got to where we are today without the remarkable support of others. Now you can take a “pay it forward” step that will truly transform Augsburg. I encourage you to learn more about and support financially the Center for Science, Business, and Religion (CSBR). You will be glad you did and so will Augsburg’s students of the future.