An expanded vision to wholeheartedly serve the University of Minnesota for generations to come.
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A STRATEGIC OPPORTUNITY

As a world-class research university, the University of Minnesota gathers, educates, and sends out leaders in our region and across the globe. The connections made here shape the future.

For Christians at the U, one area of connection can be the most elusive—and also the most transformative: connecting faith and knowledge with all of life. For 40 years, this is where Anselm House has joyfully served, and we believe more is possible.

The From the Heart Campaign will fortify and expand Anselm House's transformative campus presence as we serve from the heart of these four passions:

Community

Our Callings

CAMPUS

The Christian Story

FROM the heart of COMMUNITY

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We will deepen our nurturing of Christian community at the U of M, offering students and faculty at Minnesota's flagship public university the benefits of a Christian college experience.

Expanded Campus Reach

Through a new campus hub in Minneapolis, we will dramatically expand our campus reach and ability to nurture transformative Christian community.

Deeper Ministry Partnerships

We will help build community—and unity—among a currently dispersed network of campus ministers by offering common spaces and resources that aid collaboration.

New Offerings to International Students

We will hire key leadership to adapt our core programs to needs of international students and minority communities attending the University.

New Minneapolis Residence

Future St. Paul Residence

New Residential Fellows Program

This fall, we will launch a new residential program, offering undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to even more deeply integrate faith, study, and life.

  • Fall 2022: River House opens as the home of Residential Fellows on the Minneapolis campus.
  • By Fall 2023: The St. Paul Study Center transitions to the St. Paul Residential Fellows home.

FROM the heart of our Callings

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We will expand programs that equip students and faculty to integrate their faith, life, and learning.

Growing the Colin MacLaurin Fellows Program
We will double the number of participants in the Colin MacLaurin Fellows Program, Anselm House’s flagship model for comprehensive Christian formation and vocational discernment in higher education. The 3-year program includes these areas of focus:

  • Year 1: The Good Story: Finding Your Place in God's Plan
  • Year 2: The Good Life: Becoming Fully Human
  • Year 3: The Common Good: Christian Vocation in Public Life

Center for Faith & Learning
We will expand our work with faculty and grad students to help them integrate their life and learning into a whole vocational calling.

FROM the heart of Campus

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This fall, we will open our doors at 720 Washington Ave. This new home, which we're naming Melrose Station, strategically positions Anselm House for greater visibility, community, and growth for future generations.

Visible Presence

Located at Oak and Washington, one of the most highly traveled corners on campus and the heart of the university’s growing Minneapolis footprint.

Community Space

21,000 square feet of space will multiply Anselm House’s capacity for programs, community gatherings, and hospitality, including to other campus groups and ministries.

Future Growth

Our strategic revenue model will pay off the building’s mortgage over the next 10+ years and provide potential expansion space for future generations.

A Strategic Location

The new Anselm House home is at the heart of the U of M Minneapolis campus and walking distance from key campus destinations.

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Melrose Station (Anselm House’s new home)

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The Academic Mall

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Sports stadiums & arenas

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Lightrail stations (2)

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McNamara Alumni Center

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Future U of M development

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Alumni Plaza green space

A Transformational Presence

Renovations are currently underway to transform the entry and lower level of Melrose Station into the central hub for Anselm House’s programs, staff, and community. It will include:

  • Jennings Hall—an assembly room (equipped with a commercial kitchen) to host large gatherings, lectures, common prayer, meals, and spaces available to churches and ministries
  • Small and mid-sized gathering spaces for reading groups, seminars, Bible studies, and group study
  • A study center commons that is open and inviting to the public
  • A multipurpose room with lockers and other resources for the U’s campus ministry community
  • A media room for video and audio production

FROM the heart of THE CHRISTIAN STORY

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We pray this vision helps generations of students and faculty know Christ more deeply in ways that bring their whole lives into resonance with God’s call.

The total cost needed over the next two years for the From the Heart Campaign is $17.5 million. We invite you to be part of this defining moment and vision to serve the U of M.

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Total Raised:

$15,890,903

Campaign need: $17,500,000

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Named and Memorial Gift Opportunities

The following opportunities honor those who have made this campaign possible by inviting them to name a space in appreciation of their generosity. We will, of course, honor all donor requests for anonymity.

Named Spaces
A large Faculty Forum Room may be named in appreciation for a gift of $500,000.
A Seminar Room may be named in appreciation for a gift of $500,000.
An Art Gallery may be named in appreciation for a gift of $250,000.
A Theological Library may be named in appreciation for a gift of $250,000.
A Seminar Room may be named in appreciation for a gift of $150,000.

Other Donor Recognition
Stairway Level - Donor names will be listed on a plaque by the main stair in appreciation of a gift of $50,000-$149,999.
Hospitality Level - Donor names will be listed on a plaque in our main hospitality space in appreciation of a gift $25,000-$49,999.
Library Shelf Level - A donor nameplate will be placed under a library shelf in appreciation of a gift of $10,000-$24,999.

Contact Dan Olson at do@anselmhouse.org with questions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is now such a strategic time for this campaign?

As we celebrate our forty year anniversary in 2022, God has led in remarkable ways to help establish a major Christian collegiate presence for generations to come. Sister Christian missions at universities with major physical locations at University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, and University of Wisconsin-Madison suggest that tens of thousands of students annually—Christians as well as others—will be shaped by a center for Christian studies in the heart of campus.

When will contributions be needed?

We are inviting campaign commitments that can be fulfilled over three calendar years (2022-2024). More than $10,000,000 was received before closing on October 26, 2021. An additional $5,000,000 will be needed before July 2022 to complete the lower level remodel, expand residential programming, and expand ministry capacity this coming fall. Remaining pledges can be fulfilled into 2023 and 2024.

Should we decrease annual giving in order to give to the campaign?

We are encouraging supporters to give above-and-beyond current giving. We remain dependent on faithful Annual Fund giving to sustain and grow this mission.

Are there naming possibilities?

Yes, there are spaces as well as signature programs to be named. Learn about naming opportunities.

How will Anselm House manage a property of this size?

Frauenshuh Commercial Real Estate provided brokerage services through acquisition and are also providing property management services. A single purpose type 1 supporting organization, called Friends of Anselm House (DBA Anselm Holdings), has been created to own and operate real estate assets. This entity is wholly owned by Anselm House, and exists to oversee the property and tenant relationships, including leasing. Currently, the University of Minnesota Physicians rents the upper two floors, and most of the first floor is rented by retail tenants. We have $6 million in financing with Spire with a ten year fixed rate (3.1%) and a 25-year amortization period with no prepayment penalty. Our plan is to pay off this mortgage by the 2030s. If you would like more details, let us know.

What are your short- and long-term plans for growth on the 720 Washington site?

Our short-term plans include remodeling the entire 17,000 SF of the lower level and 4,000 SF within the first floor atrium starting in fall of 2022, making Minneapolis a gathering hub for the Christian community for generations to come - including campus ministries and University-based churches. Long-term, unrelated business income will provide us with flexibility for growth as we continue to expand our ministry presence on campus.

How will the campaign impact Anselm House’s bottom line?

The short answer is: positively. Should the campaign commitment goal be met, closing would occur in the third quarter of 2021. Even with a mortgage payment, we estimate that the building will generate unrelated business income of between $140,000-$400,000 in each of the next ten years. These funds would be used to pay down principal on our mortgage, allowing us to own the property debt free as early as 2032. Ministry expansion funds and endowment giving would also help us foster growth from this strategic location in the heart of campus as we seek to live out our mission on a larger scale, forming the next generation of current and future Christian leaders.

Who is providing campaign leadership?

Executive Campaign Committee
Ross & Barbara Anderson
Chris & Kathleen Macosko
Carol Sundet-Meeker
David & Patti Wessner

Campaign Steering Committee
‍Bryan Bademan, Executive Director
Robert Georges, Chair of the Board
Linda Keillor Berg, Trustee
Joe Kimbell, CEO, World of Travel
Bryonie Moon, Executive Assistant
Dan Olson, Managing Director
David Weerts, Trustee

Anselm House Board of Trustees
Fr. Jake Anderson, Pastor, St. Lawrence Newman Center
Bryan Bademan, Executive Director, Anselm House
Linda Keillor Berg, KeillorBerg Consulting
Bryan Dowd, Prof. of Public Health, UMN
Robert Georges, Principal, Boyum Barenscheer
Betsy Johnson, Alum, UMN Medical School
George Tadros, Cardiologist & Adj. Asst. Prof of Public Health, UMN
David Weerts, Prof. of Higher Education Administration, UMN
Maria Wiering, Publications Manager, Archdiocese of St. Paul
David Williamson, Director Emeritus, Laity Lodge

UMN Faculty Advisors
‍Marvin Bauer, Prof. Emeritus of Remote Sensing
Christine Berkesch, Prof of Mathematics
John Deen, Prof. of Veterinary Medicine
Bryan Dowd, Prof. of Public Health
Naty Lopez, Prof. of Dentistry
Alan Love, Prof. of Philosophy
David Odde, Prof. of Biomedical Engineering
Eric Watkins, Prof. of Horticulture
David Weerts, Prof. of Higher Education
David & Patti Wessner

Campaign Donors

Leadership Level Campaign Donors
Ross and Barbara Anderson
The Jennings Family Foundation
Kendrick B. Melrose
Chris and Kathleen Macosko
The Sundet Foundation
The Harry and Jan Sweere Foundation
The Wessner Foundation

All Campaign Donors
Meredith Aarrestad
Ross and Barbara Anderson
Loren Anderson
Milo Arkema
Gary Ayers
Janell Balmaceda
Eric and Dawn Bartsch
Marvin Bauer
David and Linda Berg
Don Blue
Gary Borgendale
Glenn and Sharon Bratt
Bill and Karen Brown
Anne Campbell
Robb Campbell
Austin and Nadine Chapman
John and Susan Christopherson
Peter Cole
Pat Conley
Howard and Ann Dahl
Bryan and Susan Dowd
Gayle Dreon
Carrie Francis
Dave Frauenshuh
Brian Friedrich
Andrew and Theresa Garnett
Bob and Ruth Georges
Travis Gleason
Paul and Mary Yee Glewwe
Brad Gordon
Rob and Sim Gregory
Troy Groves
Patrick and Joette Guire
Rob Hansen
The Harry and Jan Sweere Foundation
Rob and Lisa Hawkes
John and Jean Hedberg
Ross Hedlund
Dave Henderson
Dave Hove
Greg and Trisha Hoyt
Bill Hughes
Kenneth Iwinski
Steven Jackson
The Jennings Family Foundation
The John W. Mooty Foundation Trust
Todd and Betsy Johnson
Joe Kimbell
Peggy King
Bob and Kathy Kleinschmidt
Sam Lacy
Abby Lam
Alex and Heather Lau
David Lee
James Leslie
Eric Levenhagen
Jonathan Liedl
Naty Lopez
Alan Love
Chris and Kathleen Macosko
Ken McMillan
Kendrick B. Melrose
Mark and Jinger Menge
Keith and Jillayne Meyer
David Miao
Paul and Jean Mooty
Bob Neal
André Nelson
Todd Nelson
Mark Nyman
Sean O'Neil
Christian Ogilvie
Tade and Ruth Okediji
John Olfelt
Martha Olsen
Phil and Mary Olson
Daniel Olson
Bob Osburn
Jamie Page
Andrew and Kristin Parks
John and Kristi Paulson
Erik and Maria Wiering Pedersen
Gene and Susan Petersen
Wes Peterson
Duane and Marilyn Proppe
Matt and Allison Reck
John and Stacy Roney
Deb Ryman
Paul Sanders
Charlotte Schmidt
Quentin and Gloria Schmierer
Mark Schuler
Francis and Sophia Beal Shen
Leif and Jeanne Solberg
Elizabeth Stewart
Doug Strandness
Jim and Carolyn Struve
Chris Stuart
The Sundet Foundation
Carol Sundet Meeker
Marc and Beth Swiontkowski
Casie Szalapski
Alyssa Tennison
Mark Thompson
Tradition Capital Bank
Bob and Amy Tranquillo
Elizabeth Unger
Chuck Upcraft
Doug Vanderpool
Carol Veldman Rudie
David and Rhoda Weerts
Allen Wehr
The Wessner Foundation
Tim Westermeyer
Dave and Anne Williamson
Cheryl Witham
Lauren Withers
Steve and Heather Woolbert
Victor and Carole Young

Named and Memorial Gift Opportunities

The following opportunities honor those who have made this campaign possible by inviting them to name a space in appreciation of their generosity. We will, of course, honor all donor requests for anonymity.

Named Spaces
A large Faculty Forum Room may be named in appreciation for a gift of $500,000.
A Seminar Room may be named in appreciation for a gift of $500,000.
An Art Gallery may be named in appreciation for a gift of $250,000.
A Theological Library may be named in appreciation for a gift of $250,000.
A Seminar Room may be named in appreciation for a gift of $150,000.

Other Donor Recognition
Stairway Level - Donor names will be listed on a plaque by the main stair in appreciation of a gift of $50,000-$149,999.
Hospitality Level - Donor names will be listed on a plaque in our main hospitality space in appreciation of a gift $25,000-$49,999.
Library Shelf Level - A donor nameplate will be placed under a library shelf in appreciation of a gift of $10,000-$24,999.

Contact Dan Olson at do@anselmhouse.org with questions.