Give CSB Day 2023

110% of 850 Donor goal
This campaign ended on October 12, 2023, but you can still make a gift to College of Saint Benedict by clicking here!
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Maria Stanek Burnham photoMaria Stanek Burnham matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $100

Ellen Newkirk photoEllen Newkirk matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $100

An Anonymous DonorDanielle Purcell Lohbeck matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $100Just for Class of 2006

Rochelle Taus Dumdie photoRochelle Taus Dumdie matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $100

An Anonymous DonorJen Kocourek matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $250Just for Class of 1992

An Anonymous DonorEmily Tohal Chaphalkar matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for Class of 2007

An Anonymous DonorLeadership Matching Donors matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $80,000

An Anonymous DonorLeadership Matching Donors matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $200,000
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An Anonymous DonorMary Gillen Fenske gave $200 because $200 was given by donorsJust for Alumnae

Joan Doss photoJoan Doss gave $200 because 10 donors gaveJust for Class of 2013

An Anonymous DonorLinnea Finney gave $500 because 10 donors gaveJust for Class of 1997

An Anonymous DonorLeadership Matching Donors gave $12,000 because 75 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorLeadership Matching Donors gave $20,000 because 100 donors gave
About Give CSB Day

Let's see what a difference a day can make!

Today is the day, when generous matching grants are in place so that your gift of any size will unlock that match and be DOUBLED (until matching dollars are exhausted). Let's show our current Bennies the power of Saint Ben's community and help us reach our donor goal of 850

Over 95% of today's Bennies rely on scholarship support to unlock the possibilities of a liberal arts education. Don’t miss this chance to join the entire College of Saint Benedict community to support the life-changing scholarships or the area you are most passtionate about, that help so many Bennies get their start and shine on! If you have questions please call 320-363-5013 or email

Thank You!

❤️ ❤️ ❤️ To everyone who helped make the 11th annual Give CSB Day spectacular! #gobennies

277 days ago by Blake M Theisen

850!! Congratulations Bennies! Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who helped us hit our goal today and making this Give CSB Day the best one yet!

277 days ago by Blake M Theisen
50 Donors Away!

50 Donors to meet our goal! #850 #gobennies! #GiveCSBDay!

277 days ago by Blake M Theisen

500K in a day and it's not over yet! So much gratitude to everyone who has made a gift today. Let's keep the good vibe going 3+ hours left to give! #GiveCSBDay!

277 days ago by Blake M Theisen
600 Donors!

We've surpassed 600 Donors on the day and are cruising toward our goal of 850! There is still plenty of time to help us get there and make a gift! And if you make a gift between 7-8pm you'll unlock an ADDITIONAL $12,000 of matching gifts!  #gobennies #GiveCSBDay

277 days ago by Blake M Theisen
Much heartfelt thanks to our matching donors on this Give CSB Day!

Thank you to the generous donors who contributed gifts that will be utilized for our dollar-for-dollar gift matching during Give CSB Day! Your support is truly inspiring and our students are beyond grateful for your generosity!!

Bob and Joanne Neis"With all the institutional changes and challenges in higher education, we must enhance our support and value that we deliver to our students."   - Bob '65 & Joanne Neis

Bob and Joanne Nies are like the fall colors on campus: They show up every year. Big thanks to them for eleven years of Give CSB Day matching donations!

Gary and Celine Horn“We first visited campus when our oldest daughter was looking at colleges. We could immediately feel the magic. Now both of our daughters are proud CSB graduates. Saint Ben’s remains a special place for them and for us. We are proud to support the scholarship fund to help other young women experience the Bennie magic.” - Gary and Celine Horn

Colleen and Mike Malone

"We are excited to support Give CSB through the scholarship program for first generation women attending college at CSB. To help these women receive the wonderful education and opportunities that we received while attending Saint Ben's & Saint John's feels like a very special gift."  - Colleen McCormick Malone ’80 and Mike Malone ’80

Theresa Smith '81 and Mark Danielson

"We believe that by supporting liberal arts Benedictine education for young women we are contributing to a bright future for our world."Theresa Smith ’81 and Mark Danielson

Heather Pieper-Olson

"Serving Saint Ben's alumnae and students is truly an honor. Bennies use their courage, values and intellect to make their communities, homes and workplaces better. Join Todd and I in giving this Give Day, as there is no better philanthropic investment than supporting a Saint Ben's student!" - Heather Pieper Olson and Todd Pieper

Elizabeth Nilles

"I and my late husband Bill are grateful for all Saint Ben's offered our daughters, granddaughter and family. We want others to have the same opportunities our family has enjoyed." - Betty Nilles (shown here with her granddaughter, Marie Nilles-Melchert 15)

Mary and John Lindstrom

We believe in Saint Ben's because of the quality of students who are seriously involved and lively. These are enjoyable people to talk to – enthusiastic, energetic, articulate and fun." - John ’63 and Mary Lindstrom


Megan and Joe Deignan

I am so grateful for the experiences, life lessons and life long friendships that Saint Ben’s provided. We are excited to give back to the next generation of CSB students." - Megan Kelly Deignan ’95 and Joe Deignan ’95

Brian and Carol Bruess

“Students, students, students—they are the reason we give! Every single day we get to see up close how CSB and SJU is changing students’ lives, thereby changing their futures. Most students wouldn’t be able to attend Saint Ben’s without financial support. Our giving, like yours, is an investment in both the present and future, one decidedly brighter with more Bennies out there shining their brilliant lights.”   - Saint Ben's and Saint John's President Brian Bruess and his wife, Carol Bruess, Ph.D.

Cate McGinnis and Jim Allen

"Educating women has always been one of my passions.  I was blessed to have a great education with the help of many people, and now Jim and I have been blessed to be able to give back through our support of this fund drive." Cate McGinnis ’79 and Jim Allen

Dr. Mary Dombovy“Saint Ben’s not only gave me the academic foundation to succeed, but facilitated my professional and personal growth and strength.  My professors were always available to me for guidance and helped me through my first year when my father suffered a stroke.”  -  Dr. Mary Dombovy '77

Becky and Chris Coborn

“Simply stated, what inspires me as a donor is the opportunity it provides for other young women to experience the wonderful place that is Saint Ben's. It is so much more than an education.” - Becky Bergner Coborn '81 and Chris Coborn '81

Tom and Joyce Schlough“We have experienced Saint Ben's as parents, grandparents, a trustee, neighbors and supporters. It is hard to imagine a better place for a young woman to discover herself.”   Tom ’64 and Joyce Schlough

Pam Pletcher and Bob French“We believe in the "Bennie Creed" which promotes women to be open-minded vibrant agents of change.  We want to encourage women, especially First Generation students, to embrace the CSB experience.”   Pam Pletcher ’87 and Bob French

Joyce Statz“It’s a pleasure to support the fine education that Saint Ben’s provides to young women from a very diverse background. Please join us in making a Saint Ben’s education possible for its many aspiring scholars!”  Joyce Statz ’69

“My late wife and I worked at CSB and SJU for many years and our daughter and son-in-law graduated from there. Because of these strong connections, we established and continue to support a scholarship to help others attend CSB.” - Bruce Dickau

"Each time I see and hear Bennie stories- the energy, commitment, accomplishments- I am humbled, awed and inspired. Knowing our contributions can help fund future Bennies to achieve those types of outcomes is motivating and encouraging about our future. We can collectively make a difference." - Mary Leopold '79 and Larry Balfanz

“Susan and I believe in making a Saint Ben’s education available to all young women who desire it. We know the value of a Saint Ben’s education. Our daughters, Libbie, Emily and Madeleine, received excellent educations that shaped not only their minds, but their character and spirit. We’re also thrilled that they’re fully employed! As a trustee, I’m aware of the deep commitment of the faculty, president and senior leadership of the college. Susan and I are pleased with the care and thoughtfulness with which they manage the resources of the college.”  - Dave and Susan Roberts

Giving is a way of expressing gratitude.  Gratitude to the CSB faculty & Sisters of St. Benedict for providing such a wonderful education & gratitude for the blessings that have occurred as a result of that strong educational and life experience.” - Susan Lynch Vento ’76 

“With many Bennies and Johnnies in the family, the Sloan Family Fund is happy to support Give CSB Day and encourage others to make a difference with a gift to student scholarships.” - Janelle Betts Sloan '76 and Tom Sloan '73

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278 days ago by Blake M Theisen
500 Donors!

500 donors and going strong! Thank you for the generous support from alumnae, friends, faculty and staff, parents, and students! 

278 days ago by Blake M Theisen
Empower Bennies

Don’t you hate those days when you hit that mid-afternoon funk? Today, we have the cure: Rev up a little afternoon excitement with a gift toward scholarships during Give CSB Day! We’re all rising up in support of the transformative power of a Saint Ben’s education for women. Together, we’re pushing to unleash potential and empower students who will shape the future. Click the link in our bio to make a gift now! #gobennies #GiveCSBDday

278 days ago by Blake M Theisen
300 Donors!

Nice work so far Bennies, but our work isn't done yet! Thank you for your gifts and support! #gobennies #GiveCSBDay

278 days ago by Blake M Theisen
A Give CSB Day Message From President Bruess

278 days ago by Blake M Theisen

What an amazing start to the day! We've surpassed 100K! Thank you for all the generous support you have shown to Bennies so far! Let's keep the momentum going! #GiveCSBDay 

278 days ago by Blake M Theisen
Ready, Set... GIVE!

Happy Give CSB Day! Help us reach our donor goal of 850 by making a gift to support Bennies today!  #gobennies #GiveCSBDay

278 days ago by Blake M Theisen

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