Give To The Max Day

Monday, April 8, 2019

Carlson School Alumni set records with their generous gifts

“I am so thankful to have gotten a world- class education and countless professional opportunities through the Carlson School, and I hope to extend those opportunities to other students striving to become business professionals.” 

ALLY MOELLER, ’15 BSB Give to the Max Day Donor


Carlson School alumni and friends generously donated more than $270,000 on Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s largest one-day giving campaign, which highlights the work and worth of schools and nonprofits across the state. 


A total of 240 people made gifts to the Carlson School on Nov. 15, 2018, including 30 people who made first- time donations. Gifts were made through the school’s crowdfunding page, online, and other sources. 


The first $75,000 raised on the day were matched dollar-for- dollar thanks to generous donations by Bill Walter, ’72 MBA; and Mike, ’89 BSB, and Jenny Zechmeister. 

“The Carlson School community came together on Give to the Max Day and made a tremendous impact,” says Travis Smith, assistant dean for institutional advancement. “We can’t thank our alumni and friends enough for their generous support and for making this a very special day.” 

Alongside our generous alumni, 36 faculty and staff members donated on this day, and nearly 100 donors who gave last year chose to return and back the Carlson School on Give to the Max Day. Most of the donations given will directly contribute to student scholarships and fellowships through the Dean’s Excellence Fund, the Carlson School’s unrestricted annual fund. 

Thanks to this outpouring of support, the Carlson School received three prizes from the University of Minnesota Foundation for its performance—one each for the first University of Minnesota donation of the day, the second most crowdfunding dollars raised, and the third most crowdfunding gifts 

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