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Professional Development Grants for Retirees

A personal campaign sponsored by the University of Minnesota Retirees Association

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The Professional Development Grants for Retirees (PDGR) program makes grants available to University of Minnesota retirees for professional development or research. All University of Minnesota retirees from the Twin Cities and Coordinate Campuses who are eligible for University retirement benefits may apply for the grants.

We invite you to contribute to this program fund to support the 2021–22 grant year.

The program was launched by the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA) in 2009 and has been very successful.

From 2009 to 2020, more than 130 PDGR grants were awarded for a wide range of projects, from using data to develop approaches leading to better outcomes for younger AIDs patients to documenting the life of civil rights activist and University leader Josie Johnson.

Financial support for the program has been provided by donations to the PDGR fund, established by UMRA and managed by the University of Minnesota Foundation, plus the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost ($40,000 annually). But due to cost cutting necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, the University decided in 2020 to suspend its financial support.

Therefore, UMRA is undertaking this fundraising campaign to keep this important program going.

$20,000 Challenge

A generous and long-time supporter of the PDGR program has offered to match the first $10,000 in contributions to this fund with a $10,000 gift. And UMRA Board member Kaimay Terry and her husband, Joseph Terry, MD, have offered an additional $10,000 for 1:1 matching.

We invite your support to help us reach our $20,000 goal!

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