Building community through the campaign

St. Kate’s students receive the support they need to succeed, thanks to our donors.

From the St. Catherine University Magazine spring 2023 issue.

As an institutional value, community is baked into the foundation of St. Catherine University, and it infuses all aspects of our institutional work. Our alumni continue a high level of engagement, connecting meaningfully with St. Kate’s through opportunities like Citizen Katie. Our students and graduates, faculty and staff, neighbors and friends convene to celebrate and worship on occasions such as the beautiful Feast of Saint Joseph, which will take place in just a few weeks, and Feast of Saint Catherine. And we move forward always in our shared commitment to supporting our current students academically, financially, spiritually, and interpersonally.

We are both humbled by and proud of our community’s many contributions, all of which come together to form the unique St. Catherine experience and support the success of our students. Central to our abiding mission is ensuring that students who face financial obstacles receive funding and resources to reach their goals at St. Kate’s and beyond. In response to this need, friends, donors, and alumni have established over 280 endowed scholarships, totaling over $3 million in student scholarship dollars per year.

Just as our community invests in us, we invest in our students. Student scholarships are the largest item in our operating budget, at $39 million per year. We launched LEAD & INFLUENCE: The Campaign for the Next Level of Excellence in part to foster endowed scholarships and the futures they help our Katies build. Finally, we support every student at St. Kate’s through he flexibility of one of the University’s greatest resources: the Katie Fund. In addition to direct scholarship funding, the Katie Fund ensures the continued success of University programming — including athletics, accessibility, research, and more — providing our students with the opportunities and resources they deserve. As a powerful tool for strengthening our community here at St. Kate’s, the Katie Fund is a core priority of the campaign. 

  • 32% of College for Women students are first-generation college students.

  • 37% of College for Women students received a Pell Grant in 2022.

  • 100% of first-time College for Women students receive financial aid.

  • 79% of College for Adults students receive financial aid.

  • 6 consecutive years of recognition as a Minority Serving Institution.

  • #1 rate of economic mobility among Minnesota’s private colleges.

Campaign Progress Infographic

As of January 2023, we have raised over $125 million toward the campaign, thanks to the remarkable generosity of more than 15,100 members of the St. Catherine community. As LEAD & INFLUENCE enters its final phase, we encourage alumni and friends to consider donating to the Katie Fund. The campaign seeks to nurture the development of the students, faculty, and facilities that contribute to the St. Catherine University community — and the Katie Fund supports them all. Please note that the campaign includes donors sixty years and older who choose to disclose a planned gift, and celebrates the generosity of each and every contribution. Thank you. We could not do this without you.

Alumni, donors, and volunteers support the St. Catherine community.

Their impact since the campaign launched in 2020 has been remarkable, with MORE THAN:

  • 15,100 donors

  • 3,400 volunteer hours

  • $40M for Our Students

  • $40M for Our Faculty

  • $11M for Our Place

  • $16M for the Katie Fund

  • $18M for programs and services.