Impact Stories

Your Gifts At Work

We are thankful for those who have made an estate gift to St. Olaf College. Here are stories of their giving and the impact they've made possible.

'We all do better when we all do better'

For Ron Hunter ’70, including a gift to St. Olaf in his estate plan was a simple and effective way to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion while honoring the exceptional education he received as an Ole.

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Helping future Oles with an easy gift

A couple of things have stuck with Lois Anne Indorf ’71 from her St. Olaf nursing education. One of the most important things she learned from an Ole — it’s come in handy this year.

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Advancing student life, inclusion through giving

Bill Etnyre '69 and his husband Michael Lonesome-Etnyre established an endowed fund to undergird the vice president of student life position at St. Olaf. They also established two additional endowed funds to advance financial aid for underrepresented students and to support the services and programs of the Taylor Center.

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Easy impact that gives back

Bryn and Barbara Ostby joined the Manitou Heights Society in 2019 by making a planned gift. For both, it was a way to share the benefits of their St. Olaf education.

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Sustaining opportunities through gift annuities

"I have such wonderful memories of my four years at St. Olaf — the beautiful campus, caring faculty, the warm family atmosphere," says Jambor. "It seemed natural to do something to help perpetuate all of this for generations to come. I had been thinking about charitable gift annuities. When I saw that St. Olaf could provide one and benefit from it, my decision was easily made."

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Giving in gratitude for lasting impact

Philip Moeller '63, a specialist with the World Bank, has led a life that has taken him far from the Hill. From Malaysia to Madagascar, he has engaged people in creating and sustaining institutional change. It's been a fulfilling career he had never considered — one he credits to his St. Olaf education.

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Providing opportunity with a bequest

John Arenson '72 cherishes his experience singing in the St. Olaf Choir. "That was my goal," he says, "and it took me three years to get there." He also sang in the Viking Chorus and Chapel Choir, took private voice lessons, and studied hard as a physics major.

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Paying it forward after a sudden loss

Beth Olson Spande '66 grew up in Mankato, Minnesota, and came to St. Olaf expecting to transfer after one year. She stayed, ultimately double-majoring in English and Norwegian. Like so many Oles, Beth appreciated the rigorous classes and close friendships she formed.

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Ensuring ensemble travel and future income

Mike and Donna Wolsted share a passion for music. Mike's a producer, recording and replicating compact discs for choirs, polka bands, jazz ensembles, and earlier, for rock groups. Donna manages the visual art component of its packaging. They've partnered on music projects for St. Olaf College for close to 40 years, producing more than 100 titles in the process.

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Honoring a transformative experience through her will

Beth McDowell Baldwin '90 grew up in Boulder, Colorado, where she lives today, and attended a St. Olaf Choir concert there in her early teens. "I thought it would be awesome to be part of that one day," she recalls. When applying to colleges, she considered music conservatories but chose St. Olaf because of its liberal arts focus combined with musical excellence.

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Supporting St. Olaf while increasing retirement income

Walter Boge '93 received a postcard from St. Olaf College describing a unique giving opportunity. He read about giving cash or stock in exchange for fixed income during his retirement years. He thought it sounded like a great planning vehicle, so he called for more information.

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