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University of Minnesota Supports Youth Charities Statewide

Posted by Jenna Ray on Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014

To benefit future leaders in Minnesota, the University of Minnesota will donate its share of Pennsylvania State University’s forfeited 2013–14 bowl revenue—totaling nearly $230,000—to 18 youth-oriented charitable organizations across the state.

University President Eric Kaler provided an equal share of $229,368 to each of the University’s five campuses. The Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and Twin Cities campuses will donate $45,870 each to local charities that support youth.

“It’s important to support organizations that improve the education, opportunities and quality of life for our young people throughout the state,” Kaler said. “They are our state’s future teachers, scientists, medical professionals, and leaders, and this is another fantastic opportunity to partner with communities.”

This year, the U’s five campus chancellors were each given the opportunity to select their own charitable recipients. Those selections are:

• Crookston campus: $45,870 to United Way of Crookston.

• Duluth campus: $10,000 to Life House $10,000 to Damiano Center Kids Café, $10,000 to Mentor Duluth, $10,000 to First Witness Child Advocacy Center, and $5,870 to Myers-Wilkens Community School Collaborative.

• Morris campus: $5,733 will go to each: Lazos of Morris, Someplace Safe of Morris, Morris Area Arts Boosters, Inc., Morris Community Education Youth programs, Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, Dakota Wicohan projects, White Earth Nation’s Ochki Manidoo (New Spirit) Fund, and Prairie Wood Environmental Learning Center.

• Rochester campus: $25,870 to Rochester Area Family YMCA, $10,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Rochester, and $10,000 to United Way of Olmsted County.

• Twin Cities campus: $45,870 to Greater Twin Cities United Way.

As a public land-grant institution, the University of Minnesota, Morris is committed to providing public outreach and to fostering a deep sense of community. It selected the recipient charities for their missions of providing educational and cultural opportunities to the children of greater Minnesota.

“Morris is a regional center for education and culture,” says Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson. “It is our privilege—and our responsibility—to do what we can to empower the area’s future leaders. Investing in our community’s youth organizations is just one way for us to do so.”

As part of sanctions imposed on Penn State, the school’s share of Big Ten bowl revenues from 2012–13 through 2015–16 are designated for charitable donations. The total of Penn State’s forfeited share this year is $2.752 million.