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CWS Endowment Campaign Reaches 90% of Goal!

As of August 2011, the CWS Endowment Campaign had reached $1.36 of its $1.5 million goal.  “At 90% of its campaign goal, the Center for Western Studies has been enhanced immeasurably by the profound generosity of those who believe in its mission to the Northern Plains region,” Executive Director Harry Thompson remarked.

The long-term goal of the campaign is to bring other CWS-designated program endowments into line with the Boe endowment, for a total of $8 million. 

To date, the campaign has earned $270,000 of $300,000 in available matching funds from a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant.  “In this time of partisan debate over the proper use of taxpayers’ money,” observed Thompson, “this challenge grant demonstrates to supporters of the Center for Western Studies the value of a national grant program that advances the humanities for the people of the region.” 

The goal over the next two years is to raise $150,000 to $200,000 to earn the remaining NEH match and to meet and even surpass the $1.5 million goal.  Contact Harry Thompson at (605) 274-4007 or harry.thompson@augie.edu to help build the CWS endowment.

In 2008, the Center was awarded the $300,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The grant provides a 4:1 match for gifts to the Center’s endowment campaign.  For more information, read the Augustana College press release.


Key program areas include:

Archives & Library Program $250,000
To provide support for the purchase of new books about the region, to maintain current journal subscriptions, and to support the ongoing costs of managing an archive.

Art Program & Educational Exhibits $250,000
To support the Center’s permanent exhibits, Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale, permanent art collection, and gallery exhibits.

Dakota Conference Program $250,000
To support the annual national history conference on the Northern Plains which attracts 300 participants nationwide each year and focuses on contemporary as well as historical issues.

Publications Program $250,000
Although a small academic press, the Center has published more than 75 books. This endowment will create seed money for publishing projects, enabling the Center to begin projects in advance.

Fantle Building Fund  $150,000
This amount will increase the building fund, allowing for upkeep and maintenance of the Center’s home for years to come.

Other Endowment  $50,000

NEH Match  $300,000

TOTAL  $1,500,000

The CWS Endowment Campaign is part of the College's $120 Momentum Augustana campaign.

View the endowment brochure (378 KB)

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Pictured above are the Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries
located in the Center's Fantle Building.