Carlson Family Foundation gives $15 million to University of Minnesota

Carlson Family Foundation announces $15 million gift to University of Minnesota

Latest gift is one of the largest since 1986

The Carlson Family Foundation has announced $15 million in gifts to the University of Minnesota, including $10 million to expand the global scope of its business school, the Carlson School of Management.

This recent grant is among one the largest gifts to the Carlson School of Management since the late Curt Carlson made his commitment of $25 million to the University in 1986. “The foundation laid by Curt Carlson over 30 years ago propelled the Carlson School to the global stage,” President Eric Kahler said in a statement. “Today’s gift will advance the Carlson School’s capacity for global leadership and have far-reaching benefits for students, faculty, our vibrant business community, and our partners around the world.” 

Wendy Nelson, board chair of the Carlson Family Foundation said this latest gift will “cement the school’s position as a leading business school with a global reach and a powerful purpose—business as a force for good.”

With contributions totaling $68 million, the Carlson Family Foundation is the U’s biggest donor, officials said. The Carlson school has partnerships and student exchange programs in 34 countries and has more than 55,000 alumni in 90 countries.