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Our Faculty and Staff Make this University Extraordinary

Thank you to all who live the Lasallian mission with us, and make a difference in our students' lives in some way every day. 

Cup of Kindness for Student Success

How far would you go to support and ensure the success of students at Saint Mary’s? Would you…give a cup of coffee, twice a month?

As educators and support staff, we know better than anyone that Saint Mary’s University has a responsibility to remain prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the future in order to best ensure our students’ success. We all work hard in so many ways to make this possible. The Cup of Kindness campaign asks you to help in one more way: by making a gift to Saint Mary’s. Financial support to the university goes above and beyond to help academic programs as well as open the door of opportunity for deserving students through scholarships.

While dollars are impactful, simply participating is also important. The number of faculty and staff members who give to their institution can be influential to grant-makers and other outside donors. The bigger the percentage, the bigger the effect! 

With payroll deduction (PDF), it's easy to set up a gift - say, $5 per paycheck, a little more than a fancy cup of coffee - to help students. And, while the Saint Mary's Fund is important because it supports the areas of greatest need, employees are welcome to support any number of programs and projects that are important to you.

Together, we can have a tremendous impact on the student success at Saint Mary's. Make a gift today!



Frequently Asked Questions

Gifts from faculty and staff provide funding for important initiatives at Saint Mary’s. In addition to your daily contributions of energy and effort, a financial contribution is a different and important way to demonstrate your investment in Saint Mary’s and its students. Employee participation in an institution’s annual fund demonstrates a collective commitment and is a powerful endorsement to alumni, corporations, foundations and other charitable institutions who support the university.

Gifts from faculty and staff are welcomed and accepted throughout the year.

Faculty and staff can choose to designate their gift to a specific area at Saint Mary’s that they are passionate about like a department or a program. Faculty and staff can also choose to give to the Saint Mary’s Fund, which enables the University to use the unrestricted gift towards the greatest need for the University.

Each gift, no matter the size, makes a difference for the University. Depending on your willingness to give and your financial capacity, the size of the gift should be something you feel comfortable with. The important thing is your participation not the size of your gift.

Because Higher Education is a dynamic and increasingly competitive industry; and because new students with new needs arrive each year, the Employee Giving Campaign is an annual fundraising effort that runs on a fiscal year from June 1 to May 31 every year. We will continue to ask anyone with a interest in Saint Mary's for support each year until we have all the resources we need to provide the best possible education, for every student who wants one, in perpetuity.

Please consider increasing your gift this year. If you currently give by continuous payroll deduction, you may increase or change the designation of your gift at any time during the year by refilling out the payroll deduction form (PDF).

Yes, gifts to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota qualify as 100% tax deductible.

There are many easy ways to make a gift to Saint Mary’s. As an employee, this includes Payroll Deduction. Another popular option is through our online giving form. A full list of options can be found on the Ways to Give page.

If you have further questions about these methods, please contact Tracy Heaser in the Advancement Office at or 507-457-1791.

Payroll deduction is one of the fastest, easiest and most convenient ways to make a gift. By completing the payroll deduction section on the employee pledge/payroll authorization form (PDF), you specify the amount you would like automatically deducted from each paycheck and the start date. You can have an amount deducted until further notice or until a specific total has been reached.

Saint Mary’s publishes an annual report, and if you wish to keep your gift entirely anonymous you can indicate this preference on the pledge form. You will receive a receipt, but the specific amount of your gift will remain confidential to others.

For other questions or more information on giving, please contact Tracy Heaser in the Advancement Office at or 507-457-1791.