These were the words that spoke to me several years ago when this campaign was sputtering and many of us were doubting whether we could ever raise $50 Million to build the most significant academic facility this college had ever envisioned.
BELIEVE became the Theme for this campaign…and believe we did!
I Thank God for this day and I thank President Pribbenow for the privilege I was given to Chair this Campaign.
Thanks to the Board of Regents…who made the commitment and owned the campaign. The Board provided leadership at every level and stretched themselves in every way.
I am so grateful to the Faculty, Staff and Cabinet members who supported the campaign with their time, talents and treasures. Their engagement with Alumni & Friends of the College who joined us on campus for many CSBR Summits helped us tell the story and vividly demonstrated their ongoing commitment to transformational education with our students.
I am also grateful to the scores of students who were generous with their time in supporting the campaign…sharing their personal stories of significant research completed with faculty or sharing their musical talents with Summit guests and by sharing how their Augsburg experience has impacted their lives, their faith and the discovery of their own unique gifts and personal vocation.
I am grateful to so many Augsburg Alumni and Friends of the College who responded to our call and supported the campaign with their leadership, time and financial support.
All successful Capital Campaigns have at least three common threads:
- A Compelling Story/Vision of the Need. It’s the WHY.
We certainly had a compelling story.
- You need a handful of very significant Lead Gifts.
I am so grateful to those who made such generous commitments to help Augsburg continue to be a light in this world. We had four individuals or families that made commitments totaling $30 Million. Campaigns don’t get completed without people like these who know that they have been Blessed and who in turn choose to be a Blessing to others. I thank them all and especially Norm and Vangie Hagfors for their leadership gift.
- Every successful campaign needs the support of an army of believers.
Over 1000 Auggie Alumni & Friends contributed what they were able…in amounts that ranged from a hundred to a million dollars….and those “fish and loaves”, given in faith, counted up to over $20 Million. A miraculous achievement! This was the most widely supported campaign in Augsburg history! And for that I give all of you my heartfelt thanks.
Because of the Generosity & Support of so many, this new Hagfors Center will stand as a testimony of Augsburg’s faith in the work that God has done and continues to do in the life of this college.
We started this campaign by asking God’s help in transforming Augsburg’s Campus and in the process of our work together God has transformed us!
Our Augsburg Philanthropic Culture has forever been transformed … because we BELIEVED! No longer can this community ever say that we don’t have the capacity to live into our greatest and most noble dreams about this College when they align with our mission as a College of the Church. God has taught us a great lesson about His Abundance and what it Possible.
In our joy and celebration, let us never allow ourselves to believe that this great accomplishment was ours alone. Instead, let us forever boldly proclaim, as the Psalmist wrote: “Not to us, oh Lord, not to us…But to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”
Keep on Believing…because we are called … Auggies. Thank you all very much!
— Regent Emeritus Mike Good ’71, chaired the CSBR campaign to its successful conclusion