St. Catherine University receives $18-million gift from GHR Foundation

GHR Foundation's Gift to St. Kate's

St. Catherine University President Andrea Lee, IHM, announced an $18 million gift from Minneapolis-based GHR Foundation to advance growth and innovation in healthcare education.

The gift, which aligns with both organizations' missions to advance Catholic education, fosters students’ hope and opportunities in the healthcare arena while honoring St. Catherine University alumna and GHR co-founder, Henrietta Rauenhorst, and supporting the ongoing expansion of the school that bears her name, the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.

In accepting the gift, President Lee noted that “this generous gift inspires both gratitude and excitement in all of us at St. Catherine – gratitude for the expansive vision and generosity of the GHR Foundation and its founders, and excitement at the transformative impact this gift will have on the groundbreaking work of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.”

"GHR Foundation is pleased to support St. Catherine University as it strengthens its globally-focused, collaborative approach to educating a diverse student population and addresses the extreme shortage of skilled healthcare professionals," said Amy R. Goldman, CEO and Chair of GHR Foundation. "Through this gift, GHR honors and advances our founders' values by deepening the impact of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health."

St. Catherine University will use the gift to develop new programs and curricula, as well as fund technology and additional faculty, while it proactively addresses the critical and ever-changing needs in senior living, primary care and global health.

"This gift will help us bridge the gap between theory and practice in some of the most rapidly changing areas of healthcare," said Penelope Moyers, EdD, Dean of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health and the Graduate College. "Thoughtful application of learning technologies will integrate education and workforce demands and thus significantly influence the way healthcare is delivered. The GHR gift will help us develop culturally sensitive practitioners who will both improve the quality of patient care and lower overall healthcare costs."

About GHR Foundation

GHR Foundation applies entrepreneurial creativity and universal catholic values to foster hope and opportunity where it is needed most. Started in 1965, the Foundation seeks transformational change in health, education and global development, and partners with the world’s experts to achieve it. This results in a powerful exchange of ideas and a community of thought leaders providing locally-driven solutions. Despite global challenges, GHR meets each task with entrepreneurial optimism because it has seen the impact of strategic, thoughtful change. Learn more at

About St. Catherine University

With nearly 5,000 students and two dynamic Twin Cities campuses, St. Catherine University educates students at all degree levels to lead and influence. Inspired by its visionary founding in 1905 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the University encompasses the nation's largest Catholic college for women, balancing access to higher education and academic excellence for its diverse student population.