thank_you_-_web.jpgThe MSU Foundation’s “I’m Thankful for Mayville State” Day, a 24-hour give-a-thon to benefit MSU students through the annual fund, was an overwhelming success. April 28 was designated as a special day when alumni and friends could remember the importance of Mayville State University and show their gratitude with monetary gifts. Charitable giving totaled more than $25,000 for the day, which leveraged a match of $11,620 from the MSU Foundation board of directors. The board will continue to match gifts of $10 or more until the end of the fiscal year, or until the remaining $380 of match funds are used up, whichever comes first.

“We are thrilled that we were able to reach the goal of having more than 100 donors participate in our first-ever giving day,” said Dena Bergstrom, annual giving coordinator for the MSU Foundation. “It is very evident through the gifts received and the comments made, that people truly are thankful for Mayville State.”

Among the comments that came with gifts were: “MSU gave me opportunities to do things I couldn't have done at a larger university.” “It taught me the art of teaching. Mayville State does a wonderful job!” “My whole life changed for the better because of MSU. I've had a lot of great connections here and it gave me a career.”

Contributions to the annual fund at Mayville State are critical. Every dollar given to the annual fund helps the MSU Foundation to exist and complete its work, which is essential to Mayville State’s success. Last year, each dollar given to the annual fund created more than twenty new dollars of charitable support. These new charitable dollars supported the areas of greatest need.

According to Bergstrom, “Without an annual fund drive, there would not be an MSU Foundation to support the good work of Mayville State University. With enrollment increasing every year, you can be assured private contributions are helping to fuel Mayville State’s growth for the future.”

“The goal of the MSU Foundation was to raise $2,000,000 in 2014-2015,” said MSU Foundation Executive Director John J. Klocke. “The actual dollars raised came to $2,013,990! We are grateful to our wonderful supporters whose generosity made this happen. MSU Foundation fund-raising for the 2015-2016 is right on track to reach or exceed goals once again.”

For more information about how you can make a gift to benefit Mayville State University and its students, contact Dena Bergstrom at 701-788-4864 or or go to