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Partners in Excellence Annual Fund

For more than 125 years, the University of Minnesota Law School has been a leader in legal education. Supporters like you make that leadership position possible. Contributing to the Partners in Excellence Annual Fund each year is an important way to celebrate the Law School’s history and ensure its ongoing success. 

The Partners in Excellence Annual Fund provides immediate support to the Law School’s annual operating budget. With each new fiscal year comes a new operating budget, and with each new operating budget comes the need for renewed annual support. The Partners in Excellence Annual Fund represents not just a handful of large gifts, but leverages the power of literally thousands of gifts of all sizes. Each year, the collective support of our alumni and friends makes a real difference in the life of the Law School and our students.

Thank you for your ongoing support and for being our partner in ensuring the Law School’s continued excellence.

Annual Giving Levels

$1-$249 - Contributor
$250-$499 - Sustainer
$500-$1,999 - Advocate

William B. Lockhart Club—Leadership Annual Giving Levels

Annual giving by our Lockhart Club members—donors who contribute $2,000 or more in a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30)—is recognized in many ways, from acknowledgment in printed materials to signage in the Law School to special receptions with the Dean, visiting scholars, and guest lecturers.

$2,000-$4,999 - Lockhart Club Member
$5,000-$9,999 - Dean’s Circle
$10,000 and up - Fraser Scholar’s Society

For more information, please visit the Lockhart Club page.

Lockhart GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade)

Lockhart GOLD was created to engage a new generation of leadership donors. Alumni who contribute at special giving levels within the decade of their graduation become members and enjoy all benefits of the Lockhart Club. Rates at which recent graduates are invited to join Lockhart GOLD are determined by years since graduation (see details below). 

Years From Graduation Graduation Year Fiscal Year (July 1-June 30) GOLD Giving Level
1 year out 2016 $10 per month (or $120 annually)
2-4 years out 2013, 2014, 2015 $25 per month (or $300 annually)
5th reunion year-7 years out 2010, 2011, 2012 $50 per month (or $900 annually)
8 years out-10th reunion year 2007, 2008, 2009 $100 per month (or $1,200 annually)
beyond 10th reunion year 2006 and prior $167 per month or approximately $2,000 annually (full Lockhart Club)

What does the Partners in Excellence Annual Fund support?

Unrestricted annual gifts made by alumni and friends help support the Law School’s most pressing needs. These funds are in large part committed to critical areas such as student scholarships, clinics, journals, the Law Library, student organizations, and faculty support. Donors do have the option to direct their Partners in Excellence gift toward one of the core purposes listed above, but cannot make any additional restrictions on their gifts. The funds contributed are immediately available for use t0 support the Law School’s current operations.

With state support rapidly disappearing, the Law School relies on Partners in Excellence to pick up where endowment income and tuition revenue leave off, providing both core support and the flexibility to take advantage of opportunities that arise throughout the year.

Why is the Annual Fund so important to the Law School?

Every day University of Minnesota Law School students tackle a challenging curriculum, learn from distinguished faculty, and create life-long personal and professional connections. Every day our alumni benefit from their high-caliber legal education as well as the continued recognition and success of the Law School. One gift every year has an exponential impact on our resources. For example, an annual gift of $5,000 (from one person or several people combined) is equivalent to the yearly income from an endowment over $110,000. Your gift—of any amount—goes a long way every day.

Giving through this channel also has collateral benefits: Alumni participation in the Partners in Excellence Annual Fund is the measuring stick for alumni satisfaction with the quality of the legal education received and serves as a vital endorsement among prospective students and faculty. One gift every year advances the Law School’s professional excellence and stature in the community, while demonstrating your personal commitment and professional gratitude.

When should I make my gift?

The Law School operates on a fiscal year that begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. Making your gift early in the fiscal year saves you from being solicited multiple times and relieves the Law School of the need, and cost, of sending reminders throughout the year. Many alumni prefer to make their gift before the end of the calendar year to take advantage of the IRS tax benefit.

How can I make a gift to the Partners in Excellence Annual Fund?

To learn more, visit Ways to Give.

Whom should I contact if I have questions about the Partners in Excellence Annual Fund?

Contact Abigail Loyd, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, at (612) 625-6584 or

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Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-1000

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