This month: In Our Hands Legacy Challenge is announced, 2020 Bison Bidders Bowl will be virtual, NDSU Women in Philanthropy's Virtual Luncheon Available Online, Philanthropy in Action feature: Tim Welch '86, NDSU virtual campus tour now available, Stay Connected with NDSU Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
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NDSU Foundation announces In Our Hands Legacy Challenge

Include NDSU in your estate plan, and the NDSU Foundation will match a portion of your future gift to the area of your choice today

The In Our Hands Legacy Challenge is an innovative initiative that provides an immediate cash match for benefactors to direct to an existing fund of their choice when they document new or increased planned gift commitments to the NDSU Foundation. Eligible planned gifts include bequest language in a will or trust, beneficiary on retirement plans, charitable gift annuities, or a charitable remainder unitrust. Contact your Director of Development or email Curtis Cox at or Becky Ruthenbeck at to ensure your gift qualifies for this limited opportunity to leverage your legacy while helping build a stronger future for North Dakota State University. The In Our Hands Legacy Challenge will expire June 30, 2021, or when all matching funds are distributed.

2020 Bison Bidders Bowl update

NDSU's largest fundraising event of the year will be virtual

During this challenging year, the North Dakota State University Foundation continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic to make decisions regarding events, gatherings, and meetings based on local and national guidelines while keeping the health and safety of all alumni, friends, and partners in mind.

As a result, the 39th annual Bison Bidders Bowl on Oct. 3, 2020, will be virtual with a live program featuring NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani and an online auction with extended time to view and bid. In 2019, thanks to the generous support of businesses and individuals, more than $447,000 was raised. Those dollars have had a direct, positive impact on the lives of NDSU students through scholarships, academic research, and student-focused programs. In total, benefactors have funded more than $7.4 million for academic research, scholarships, and student-focused programs at NDSU since the auction’s inception. Visit the Bison Bidders Bowl website to stay up to date on event information.

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NDSU's Women in Philanthropy Virtual Luncheon

Alumnae share their NDSU stories and what inspires them to give back

Financial expert, Stacey Ackerman '94 leads an hour of inspiring stories of giving to showcase philanthropy in action at North Dakota State University during NDSU's Women in Philanthropy Virtual Luncheon Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Panelists include Elnore Grow ('61 Chemistry), Barb Jones ('70 Pharmacy), and Ann Noble ('82 Architecture). Watch the full event online at YouTube now.

Philanthropy in Action

Faculty support is student support

Tim Welch (Class of 1986, Civil Engineering) was inspired to contribute to NDSU because of the faculty members and professors who shaped his career and is passionate about making sure students at NDSU get the same level of support he did. After funding three different scholarships, he and his wife, Donna, now have a fund supporting Professor Ying Huang with research costs, equipment, and anything else she may need for her research. This allows her to hire students to work with her, giving them real lab experience instead of having to work part time off campus. Tim says more than anything, he wants to give back.

"My professors really made a huge difference in my education. I want them to know how important they can be to students."
- Tim Welch '86, Civil Engineering

To find out more about philanthropic support of NDSU faculty and In Our Hands: The Campaign for North Dakota State University, go to

Campus News

NDSU virtual campus tour now available

North Dakota State University has launched a new virtual tour for you to explore all campus has to offer students and catch up on the changes made since you last visited. From NDSU's homepage, scroll down past the hero image and click on "Explore Our Campus Now."

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