Augustana Fund FAQs

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Where can I designate my unrestricted gifts to Augustana University?

The Augustana Fund is the University's comprehensive annual giving initiative that supports current operations. Through "Your Gift. Your Choice," donors may designate their gifts to areas of emphasis with which they have strong affinity: For scholarships, where the greatest need exists, the performing and visual arts, athletics, faculty-research, academic programs, the library and Center for Western Studies.

Why is unrestricted giving important?

Annual unrestricted giving is one of the University’s top fund-raising priorities and plays a critical role in enhancing the quality of education at Augustana. We respectfully ask that you consider making your first gift each year to the Augustana Fund where gifts can be used immediately where and when it is needed most. Gifts to the Augustana Fund allow the University increased flexibility in providing the highest quality liberal arts education to our students. It would take $20 million in additional endowment to match the yearly income of the Augustana Fund.

The true champions of Augustana are those connected alumni and friends who support Augustana in both spirit and in action. Giving to the Augustana Fund is one of the best ways to stay connected to Augustana.

Why does Augustana need to raise more funds?

Augustana has been the beneficiary of great generosity by alumni, parents and friends. However, Augustana’s mission to provide an education of enduring worth that challenges the intellect, fosters integrity and integrates faith with learning and service in a diverse world cannot be achieved through tuition dollars alone. For this reason, Augustana must rely on alumni, parents and friends for support to meet challenges and take advantage of future opportunities.

What are Augustana’s most critical priorities?

    Augustana provides financial assistance to 100% of our full-time undergraduate students, 70% of whom receive need-based financial aid. Because tuition covers only 60% of the educational expenses each year for any given student, the Augustana Fund is a crucial source of student financial support.
    Augustana’s outstanding student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1 provides the best undergraduate academic experience in South Dakota. Augustana Fund dollars help the University to recruit and retain superior, highly educated faculty members to continue to support this critical ratio for academic excellence.

Why is participation so important?

Every gift matters. Donors give from $10 to $100,000; participation at every level is appreciated. Whether large or small, your gift will be joined with the gifts of other donors, and it is the aggregate of all gifts that has the greatest impact. When foundations and corporations consider grant applications, they frequently ask us about the percentage of participation in giving from Augustana alumni, parents, and friends. It strengthens our case when those closest to the University support it. Your participation at any level serves as a catalyst for larger gifts and grants.

How do matching gifts work?

If you or your spouse work for a company that matches charitable contributions from employees, you may be able to double or even triple the value of your gift. To learn if your company participates and for additional details, please visit our dedicated site — Forms are available through your company’s human resources department. To ensure proper crediting and distribution of your gift, or if you have any questions regarding matching gifts, please contact:

Diedre Johnson
Coordinator of Gift Processing
800.727.2844, ext.4117

How can I make a gift to the Augustana Fund?

No matter your preference, there are options for everyone to make or pledge a gift to the Augustana Fund.

Make a Gift Online

Give Online

To provide an online gift, click the icon or visit We accept payments from Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.

Mail in a Gift

Send your gifts in care of:
Augustana University, Office of Advancement
2001 S. Summit Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Contact the Office of Advancement

Call 800.727.2844 or 605.274.4117 to provide a pledge or gift through credit card. Payments can be allocated on a monthly, quarterly, biannual or yearly basis. Gifts can also be made via automated bank draft, via wire transfer, and via stocks and real properties.

Who can I contact for more information about the Augustana Fund?

Amy Benda '89
Director of Annual Giving