Why Give: The Donor Perspective

For some, it’s about “paying it forward” and providing for others the same opportunities that they themselves received. For others, it’s honoring the influence of a beloved teacher, mentor or family member. And for some people, it just feels like the right thing to do.

Whatever the motivation, supporting Mount Mercy is an acknowledgement of the transformative impact of the distinctive education provided on the Hill, where faith and values are blended with liberal arts learning and professional preparation.

Why give? Here are a few answers.

We’d love to hear yours


My decades-long involvement with Mount Mercy stems from the fact that I am continually impressed with and inspired by its students. They are creative thinkers, talented problem solvers and thoughtful citizens. Mount Mercy University is responsible for molding the next generation of leaders — and they do it right."

Martin L. Andreas
Retired Senior Vice President
Archer Daniels Midland
Board of Trustees member

SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) has inspired me to make the world a better place each and every day. That’s why I continue to be involved with an organization that has given so much to me and the community. I had to give back because of all the great things I have taken away from the organization.”

Nate Klein ‘07
Supervisor of the Process Innovation Team, AFLAC
Helped establish the SIFE Endowed Fund

"I give to Mount Mercy because I believe in the mission and the dedication of the board members, staff, faculty and students who are part of Mount Mercy. When I give, it is a form of prayer for me. I remember the institution not only by saving and collecting the money, but I also remember all those who are doing the day-in, day-out work of the institution."

Sr. Shari Sutherland '71
Executive Director of Mercy Mission and Identity,
Mount Mercy University

The University performs an important role in the community. It offers a quality education for students, and we are very pleased with the type of students that Mount Mercy attracts. Mount Mercy and its students are worthy of scholarship support."

Tony Golobic
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation
Named scholarship donor since 2004

"I support Mount Mercy because I believe that it offers a wonderful combination of liberal arts education, practical majors for people looking for jobs, and a spiritual and intellectual presence in Cedar Rapids. It gives the community a chance to hear people like Khaled Hosseini, who wrote The Kite Runner, and Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking. Mount Mercy provides a good example of peace working for justice, which all people of good will can support."

Charles Crawley
Lead Technical Writer, Rockwell Collins, Inc.
Adjunct Professor, Mount Mercy University

"I financially support Mount Mercy because I am deeply and personally committed to the mission of the Sisters of Mercy. Alongside 18 students in my "Why A Mercy Education" portal course, I have collectively studied and experienced the desire, determination and focus of these courageous women who continue to impact us today. Mount Mercy University is a magical place and it is an honor to be able to share both with students and my colleagues, whom I value greatly."

Anne King
Business Lecturer, Mount Mercy University

“I support the Mount Mercy University Master Plan because of what it says for Mount Mercy and the future of this community. Its growth will make a big difference in both the lives of the students and the faculty, and therefore the community.

Ron Olson"Mount Mercy is uniquely positioned to be a major factor going forward in the life of Cedar Rapids.”

Ron Olson
President, Paulson Electric