Today I send you this special edition of Good News because we have truly Great News to share with you.
This morning, the Augsburg Board of Regents gathered on campus, along with faculty, staff, students, and alumni, to hear us announce:
We’ve met—indeed, we’ve exceeded— our capital campaign goal to raise $50 million for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion!
The journey of this campaign began years ago with a big vision for the future of Augsburg College. Along the way we’ve relied on the faith and belief of so many. You’ve heard me say many times “all things are possible for them who BELIEVE!” We have stayed true to our belief and have reached our target!
We set out, unwavering, in our intention to secure the financial support that would assure the completion of this distinctive new facility, creating a place where students and faculty will come together in cross-disciplinary inquiry and prepare to meet the future, inspired and committed to serve their neighbor in a changing world.
With the most recent gifts, our total secured for the campaign now exceeds $50 million. A truly magnificent accomplishment!
This campaign has become the most broadly supported fundraising effort in the College’s history, with contributions coming from almost 1,000 alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the College. This truly has been an all-out Auggie effort!
Along the way we asked God to use his great power to work through us in sharing this compelling Augsburg story with others. We asked Him to open people’s hearts to a special calling to support this transformational campaign with their prayers, support, and financial resources.
John Wooden, famed UCLA basketball coach, has said, “It’s amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.” This is true of all who contributed their time, talent, and treasure to this campaign … it was a great team effort.
However, it would be contrary to the very foundation of our belief system for us to simply claim this victory as our own. This week, reading in my Daily Bible, I revisited Psalm 115, whose opening words ring loud and true today as they did in ages past:
“Not to us, oh Lord, not to us. But to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”
These words remind us to rejoice in what we have accomplished together … but above all to give God the glory and thanks for the success of this campaign.
Now we have the opportunity to keep it going! Even as we celebrate this remarkable achievement, we invite everyone who cares for Augsburg to add your support to this special campaign. Wouldn’t it be great if every Auggie could say that they helped build this transformational facility?
We have more to do. The costs for construction have risen. Your gifts, added now, will help us meet this challenge. In the tradition of good stewardship, we want to take on as little debt as possible, and your additional gifts will assure as small a debt load as feasible.
We offer many ways to make your gifts: checks, pledges over years, appreciated securities, paid-up insurance policies, estate giving with documented gifts through your will. You can buy a brick and honor someone special to you.
Today my heart is full of gratitude for all that has led us to this great moment … this celebration of the power of belief. Thanks to all who have walked with us. Thanks to all who continue to believe in the spirit that is uniquely Augsburg.
I look forward to the celebrations yet to come, when we break ground, start construction, open the doors, and walk into this beautiful new facility and into an even brighter future for Augsburg!
Mike Good ’71
CSBR National Campaign Chair