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Planned Giving

A Reason to Give Back … and to Pay Forward

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SCSU Foundation Launches the Heritage Campaign

Steve Lindgren says he was a lucky man on the day in 1977 when he walked into the 75-foot wide Herberger's store in downtown St. Cloud to seek the way he would make a living.

Lindgren was happy to make his life-long career with the Herberger's department store chain, culminating in his final position as the store manager in the current St. Cloud location. When he retired from the company he felt that he'd been fortunate in his work life and wanted to give back to the St. Cloud community. His ties to St. Cloud State through Herberger's were so strong that he and his wife, Jeannie, made the decision to do something to make a difference for others now and in the future, they decided to give to St. Cloud State.

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When Lindgren first met Jeannie in Green Bay, WI, she was a single mother. He remembers being impressed by the work it took for Jeannie to raise a child on her own. He witnessed the obstacles she dealt with, and the struggles she overcame in trying to make her own living and raise a child by herself. Because of this intimate understanding of the extra pressures facing single parents the couple decided to help others by establishing a scholarship specifically to support the success of single mothers. Even though Jeannie passed away in 2004, their gift will live on and help single mothers lighten their load. Candidates can receive the scholarship up to four years if making significant progress toward a baccalaureate degree.

The campus daycare facility is named the Lindgren Child Care Center in Steve and Jeannie's honor. The facility provides child care services for current St. Cloud State students, staff and faculty. The Lindgrens are happy the facility will be here to help parents become successful in their educations, and that the endowment and a gift through their estate will help single mothers for generations to come.

Learn more about the Lindgrens and about how to make a difference for others through your own estate planning. Visit to watch Steve's video and to explore our gift planning web-site - full of valuable estate planning resources. Join the Heritage Campaign today!

For more information, contact Bob Beumer at 320-308-3716 or

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