NDSU’s record-breaking ‘In Our Hands’ fundraising campaign mostly benefits athletics


MINOT, N.D. — This week the folks at North Dakota State University threw themselves a party over the success of the “In Our Hands” fundraising campaign which, to their credit, has shattered records.

They’ve raked in more than a half-billion dollars for the land grant university. The $586.7 million raised blew past their original $400 million goal .

“This campaign, at the end of the day, is about our students,” NDSU Foundation President and CEO John Glover said during the celebratory event.

But scrutiny of how those donations are allocated among NDSU’s various departments and colleges shows that the campaign was about some students a lot more than others. Specifically, the very small minority of students who participate in campus athletics.

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