There are many meaningful and impactful ways to give to the Carlson School of Management, and making a gift is easy. Your philanthropy makes it possible for the Carlson School to deliver a transformative education, one that empowers our students to find their career paths, hone the skills they’ll need to flourish, and develop as leaders who will shape our world.

From the Dean’s Excellence Fund to creating an endowment, the Carlson School aims to provide a means to support the School that connects a donor’s philanthropic passions with strategic priorities that make real impact for students, faculty and the Carlson School experience. Every gift to the Carlson School, no matter its size, supports our mission of delivering a transformative education to future business leaders who will change the world.

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Carlson School Priorities

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As the leading business school in one of America’s strongest corporate and entrepreneurial communities, the Carlson School recognizes its immense responsibility to educate future leaders to be anti-racist and fully inclusive.

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Supporting Students

Scholarships and fellowships strengthen the Carlson School, helping us recruit exceptional students from Minnesota and beyond who will create ideas and solutions to benefit their organizations and communities.

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Supporting Faculty

Carlson School faculty are field-shaping researchers, thoughtful, caring teachers, and are recognized for their research contributions while shaping the next generation of leaders in the business field.

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Dean's Excellence Fund

Flexible funding from the Dean’s Excellence Fund is available annually for the dean to use for their highest priorities and pressing needs as they arise to bolster the School’s core strengths.

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An endowment is an invested fund, which grows over time to provide a steady and reliable stream of financial support that bolsters our ability to meet the changing needs of the business community and our student body.

Ways to Give

Gifts may be made by using our secure online giving form.

Recurring gifts may be made by using our secure online giving form.

Checks may be mailed directly and must be made payable to the “University of Minnesota Foundation” with any specific instructions or designation to support the Carlson School included in the memo section of the check and/or in a separate accompanying letter.

The mailing address is:
University of Minnesota Foundation
P.O. Box 860266
Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266 USA

Gifts may be made over the phone by calling the University of Minnesota Foundation at +1-612-624-333 or 800-775-2187.

Electronic transfer is the easiest method when a donor maintains holdings in a brokered account.

To transfer shares held with a brokerage firm, provide the following information to your broker:

Account Registration: University of Minnesota Foundation
RBC Wealth Management
Account #30875055 DTC #0235
Attention: Mike Thorn
601 Carlson Parkway, Suite 500
Minnetonka, MN 55305 952-476-3741

The U of M Foundation often receives gifts of securities without any donor-identifying information. If you plan to transfer securities, please contact the Carlson School at and provide the following information:

  • Type/number of shares you are transferring
  • Approximate date of transfer
  • Gift designation instructions

Would you like to double, or even triple, the impact of your gift to the Carlson School? Find out if your employer has a matching gift program for not-for-profit donations by using our online search tool.

If your contribution to the Carlson School is eligible for a match by your employer or your partner’s/spouse’s employer, the team at the Carlson School can assist with any required documentation. Please contact Megan Tenenbaum by email at or by phone at 612-626-8309 for further information.

Giving to the University of Minnesota from your donor-advised fund is simple. You can recommend a grant from your fund to the Carlson School by providing the following information to the sponsoring organization:

Legal name: University of Minnesota Foundation
UMF federal tax ID: 41-6042488
Mailing address: P.O. Box 860266, Minneapolis, MN 55486

Name of the campus, college, program, or fund where the grant should be directed.

Each sponsoring organization will have the appropriate forms to recommend these grants, which you can find online or by contacting the organization directly. Your sponsoring organization will distribute the grant directly to the University of Minnesota Foundation.

If you have questions about the information you need to provide to the sponsoring organization of your fund, please contact Donna Semeja at

If you are age 70 1/2 or older, you may give up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to qualified charities without paying federal income tax on the distribution. Contact your IRA plan administrator and request a direct qualified charitable distribution from the IRA account to the University of Minnesota Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, with tax ID number 41-6042488.

Mail the check to:

University of Minnesota Foundation
Attn: IRA Gift Processing
200 Oak Street SE, Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Please contact the University of Minnesota Foundation at 612-624-3333, or the person you work with at the University, to inform us of the gift and to let us know the specific campus, college, program, or fund you would like to benefit.

If you would like to transfer mutual funds, bonds, stock certificates, or shares held with transfer agents, please contact us by phone at 612-624-3333 or by email at

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