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


“I give back to Mount Mercy University because of the impact that not only the education has had on my life, but more importantly the people.  During my time here I learned the skills I needed to be successful in business, but I also learned from the Sisters of Mercy what it means to be a servant leader and lead a courageous life. Students, staff, and faculty all make it a point to welcome people as a part of our Mustang family, and that is something I feel is worthy of my time, talent, and treasure.”

Nate Klein, EdD ’07
Assistant Business Professor, Interim Dean of Students, and Enactus Advisor
Mount Mercy University

"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
VP for Mission & Ministry
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

“Giving back to Mount Mercy allows me to play a small part in the continuous investment and evolution of our campus and programs - which in turn helps keep up with an ever changing employment landscape. Staying current and relevant ensures that future Mount Mercy alumni will enter a job market better prepared to make an impact on day one! Go Mustangs!”

Travis Albertson '10
Commodities Specialist, Van Meter Inc.
Cedar Rapids, IA