Meet Our Donors

The reasons for giving to St. Olaf College are as varied as the methods of giving and the people who give — but the one thing that all donors have in common is a desire to help others. Meet a few of the good people who care enough to give of their time and their resources to make an impact on St. Olaf’s ability to provide an academically rigorous education with a vibrant faith tradition, and a global perspective.

Charles Anderson ’56 and Shirley Wilson Anderson ’56, Paul Hauge ’54 and Ruth Hauge

Creative giving, such as the gift of real estate, provides important support for the college.

Rachel Vogt Nelson ’97 and Mark Nelson ’96, Walter and Martha Carlson

Couples give back to St. Olaf by including the college in their estate planning.

Tim Larson ’88, Tom ’63 and Clairre Hedine Rykken ’63

Deferred charitable gift annuities benefit St. Olaf and a beneficiary tomorrow, while providing tax relief for donors today.

Dr. Gaylan ’62 and Mary Rockswold

The Rockswold Endowment supports collaborative internships for St. Olaf students at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Mac ’58 and Jackie Gimse, Billi ’80 and Vern Faillettaz 

St. Olaf emeriti support students by endowing scholarship funds.

Class of ’62 Social Work Majors: Naomi Fruechte, Yvonne Janning, Joan Matthees Fredeen, Carolyn Tande, Harriet Plotz, Rosalie Rusovick

Six Ole women from the class of ’62 give the gift of an endowed scholarship in memory of departed classmates.

Steve Fox ’77

A gift from St. Olaf College alumnus Steven Fox ’77 will establish the Patrick J. Quade Endowed Chair in Theater. Read about an additional endowed chair Steve Fox ’77 established.

Brad Cleveland ’82

Brad Cleveland ’82 wants St. Olaf College students to realize how much fun it can be to be an entrepreneur — no matter what type of organization they’re interested in building.

B. Kristine Olson Johnson ’73

A major gift from the family of St. Olaf College Board of Regents Chair B. Kristine Olson Johnson ’73 will give more St. Olaf students the opportunity…

Blake ’88 and Sheri Cutler Smith ’87

Blake and Sheri Cutler Smith credit much of their success to a solid St. Olaf liberal arts education and through their giving they hope to help provide the same opportunities to others …

Mark ’64 and Sue Head Hermodson ’61

The Hermodsons created an endowed scholarship to help provide support to students — as they received while at St. Olaf …

Greg ’82 and Nancy Clark Carlson ’82

As a financial advisor, Greg is committed to the philosophy of maintaining a diverse portfolio. He and Nancy employ that same philosophy in their diverse philanthropy to St. Olaf by giving to the Annual Fund, an endowed scholarship, planned giving, and through their mentoring and networking activities …