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Donor Profiles

Many people have made the University of Sioux Falls a part of their philanthropy. The power of their gifts is evident not only in the recipients of those gifts but also in those who make them. We thank all of our generous donors who share the University's vision by supporting our most valuable asset and greatest source of pride – our students.

 

LeRoy and Bette DayPassion for peace and justice inspires gift

“I think that [LeRoy and Bette Days’] reason for establishing this lecture series was to continue their ministry in teaching others methods of peace and looking at areas of concern for justice.” —Marilyn Day, daughter of LeRoy and Bette Day, who established the LeRoy and Bette Day Peace and Justice Lecture Series

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Bill & Karen EdwardsEndowed scholarships help develop tomorrow’s Christian leaders

Neither Bill Edwards nor his wife, Karen, attended the University of Sioux Falls, but this didn't stop them from becoming two of USF's strongest supporters.

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Dr. Calvin & Alice SalemEstablishing a charitable gift annuity

A strong belief in the Christian mission is what led Dr. Calvin and Alice Salem, USF friends, to set up a charitable gift annuity in 1999.

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Rev. Palmer SwensonA major gift is realized

"A $100,000 girt to the University of Sioux Falls? How we would like to be able to do that." This was Helen's and my thinking back in 1992, when we first heard of the possibility.

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Kurt & JoAnn BrennerBrenners recognize the impact of USF

Why did JoAnn and I decide to financially support the University of Sioux Falls and also remember them in our estate planning? Let me try to explain.

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Bob & Betty RustThe Rust Trust

What wonderful things are happening at the University of Sioux Falls! In all my years as a trustee, I have never seen such dedicated and extremely qualified faculty, staff, administration, and, above all, such high-quality students.

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Bill ByrneLeaving a legacy at USF

Bill Byrne of Sioux Falls is an award-winning business writer and an accomplished author whose 1992 business book titled Habits of Wealth was published in eight languages. The text's success helped earn him and his wife, Lynne, a spot on the cover of Fortune magazine, as well as many honors and speaking engagements.

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John & Dorothy ShawOur USF story

Dorothy and I enrolled at USF in 1931-1932 for quite different reasons. She came because her family wished her to attend a Baptist school. I enrolled because the college was nearly in my back yard - our home in Sioux Falls being only about six blocks away.

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Dr. Robert & Karen VeningaThe joy of giving

After more years than I would like to reveal, my wife Karen and I decided to update our estate plans. "Let's make this a fun event!" said the attorney when we scheduled an appointment. We were skeptical, to say the least. For us, estate planning was a bit like going to the dentist—needed, but not much fun!

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John CollierMother knew best…after all

I was perplexed. I had just learned that my mother, Mary Collier Baker, had designated a million dollars for USF in her will. When I read that it was specifically designated for maintenance and campus upkeep, I knew the bequest was authentic, for I remembered how often I was reminded of the need to clean my own room.

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Fred BellumUSF needs a strong endowment to ensure long-term stability

Fred Bellum calls the University of Sioux Falls "my foundation." It's where he developed a desire to serve others, and it's where he solidified his understanding of the "mission of Christians in the world."

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Floretta WardTrustee finds joy in establishing scholarship

JOY—it is a word simply defined as "a source or cause of delight," yet to Floretta Ward the word JOY epitomizes her philosophy of living. Jesus first—Others second—Yourself last.

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Evelyn McKillop41-year teaching legacy will live on at USF

Evelyn McKillop devoted her professional life to teaching children. Through her estate, the Evelyn McKillop Endowed Elementary Education Scholarship will be established. Each year, the earnings from this endowment will provide the equivalent of two full-tuition scholarships for aspiring elementary teachers.

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Warren & Joyce CampA note from Warren and Joyce Camp

"Much is required from those to whom much has been given" (Luke 12:48). Stewardship of our resources has been a spiritual discipline we have practiced from the beginning of our married life forty years ago. Coming from families where tithing was taught and practiced, we have always known the joy of giving.

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Art McDonaldA lifetime of service to the USF community

To Art McDonald, life was about serving others. In fact, you might even say that serving others was his life, which makes it fitting that the new McDonald Center—now the heart of campus—is named in his honor.

 

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Rev. Don GainesRetired Pastor Honors Stepdaughter With USF Endowment Gift

Don Gaines believes in the University of Sioux Falls mission, and he admires the priorities and achievements of his stepdaughter, Dr. Beth Jernberg, USF professor of education. With his gift to establish the Beth Jernberg Faculty Development Endowment, Gaines was able to honor both.

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Dr. Harry Robison'53 Grad Pays it Forward for Future Generations

Then: In 1949, Harry Robison of Corydon, Iowa, began a life- changing journey at Sioux Falls College. That year, Truman was president, Harvard Law began admitting women, Death of a Salesman was big at the box office, a stamp cost 3 cents and three times as many college degrees were conferred as in 1940 thanks to the G.I. Bill.

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