Annual Giving

The St. Olaf Fund — the college’s annual giving program — supports the daily, ongoing operations of the college. Annual gifts underwrite St. Olaf’s current priorities and give the college flexibility to meet immediate needs throughout the year and take advantage of new opportunities as they arise.

Fuel Your Passion

Unrestricted gifts to the St. Olaf Fund offer the most flexible support of college operations. However, annual gifts may be directed to enrich particular initiatives. If you feel called to support a particular area or activity of the college, we invite you to designate your gift to one of the following:

  • Academic Programs — Provides resources for student-faculty research and programming, in addition to attracting and retaining the most talented, dedicated teachers possible.
  • Financial Aid — Ensures that St. Olaf can continue meeting the demonstrated financial need of all admitted students, regardless of their economic background or financial resources.
  • Vocational Discernment and Career Preparation — Furthers St. Olaf’s commitment to becoming the best liberal arts college in the country at helping students discern their vocations and launch their careers.
  • Campus Enhancement — Ensures that the Hill and surrounding natural lands are impeccably maintained and environmentally sustainable.

Every gift matters

Regardless of size, every gift is important and makes a difference to current and future Oles. Your gift is a statement of support for the St. Olaf mission and the continued financial health of the college. Each gift enhances the St. Olaf experience — a distinctive education grounded in academic rigor, residential learning, global engagement, and a vibrant Lutheran tradition.

You Make it Happen

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the annual giving program, and the college relies on its current students, parents, and alumni to help reach its fundraising goals each year. In 2010, a group of dedicated alumni formed the St. Olaf Fund Board. Working in concert  with more than 600 volunteers, the board works to continually enhance the St. Olaf culture of giving and stewardship.