It takes a marathon of Roadrunners to ensure that all MSU Denver students rise, and our generous community of donors stands at the center of all our changemaking efforts.

Whether we invite you to learn more about our incredible students, faculty, alumni and programs,  hear from world-class visiting voices or show gratitude for our transformational supporters – you are welcome at MSU Denver. We invite you to participate as we celebrate the milestones of this campaign and see the impact generosity makes.

Upcoming Gift Announcements

Frank and Gina Day

Gina and Frank Day

We invite you to celebrate with us on Mar. 13, 2024 when we recognize Gina and Frank Day's historic gift in support of the Health institute


Recent Gift Announcements

MSU Denver’s changemakers come in all different forms. For the Roadrunners Rise campaign, our changemakers are the generous donors that are making transformational impacts on our students, campus and university through their giving.

Thank you to our changemakers!

Carrie Morgridge, co-founder of the Morgridge Family Foundation, speaks during an event announcing the foundation's financial support for MSU Denver's Classroom to Career Hub.

Morgridge Family Foundation

More MSU Denver students will gain career-readiness training thanks to recent gift

Carrie Morgridge, co-founder of the Morgridge Family Foundation with her husband, John, said that they appreciate the University’s ethos of making career-focused higher education accessible to anyone interested in earning a degree, regardless of location. “If you can’t get to MSU Denver, we’re going to come to you,” she said.

Annie Lee, president and CEO of Colorado Access and chair of the Colorado Access Foundation board of directors, understands firsthand the need for a health care workforce that reflects and represents its patient population

Colorado Access and Colorado Access Foundation

MSU Denver receives $1.4 million gift to grow and diversify Colorado’s struggling health care workforce

“I’m first-generation Korean-American, and I first started dealing with the health care system as a kid trying to help my parents navigate the system,” said Annie Lee, president and CFO of Colorado Access. “With a more representative and diverse workforce, you would have better health outcomes and, hopefully, kids and youth would not be put in that position.”

Health Institute Groundbreaking Ceremony_9579_AM09262023

The groundbreaking ceremony for MSU Denver's Health Institute Simulation and Skills Lab on Sept. 26, 2023 outside of West Classroom. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Dawn Bookhard, J.D.

Attorney and activist Dawn Bookhardt, J.D., is dedicated to helping MSU Denver educate a diverse health care workforce in the fields of speech, language and hearing.

“I want to change the dynamics of speech, hearing and language education and careers — for people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds to know they can be part of it,” said Bookhardt, a longtime MSU Denver supporter. “I’m putting my money where my mouth is.”

Ferd and Christy Belz standing in front of the red and blue MSU Denver sign

Ferd and Christy Belz are recognized for their transformational gift to the Roadrunners Rise campaign in support of student success.

Ferd and Christy Belz

Gift from longtime supporters Ferd and Christy Belz will support wraparound services that pave pathways to graduation.

“Education is a core value we invest in as a family,” said Christy, “I see the passion students have for the University. The professors are unbelievable, and the staff is remarkable. We’re very, very honored to give this gift and make a difference for these students.”


Mariner Kemper, president and CEO of UMB Financial Corporation, and his wife Megan, at the Jan. 19 event announcing the gift in the Cavea.

Kemper Family and UMB Foundation

New investments from the Kemper family and UMB Financial Corp. address a critical shortage of health care workers.

“Megan and I believe in higher education — it’s the key to changing lives,” Mariner Kemper said. “We are excited to invest in MSU Denver because it not only offers an accessible education; it offers a high-quality educational experience. MSU Denver is so important because it focuses on serving Colorado students who will likely stay in our state and serve our community.”


Rob and Molly Cohen were joined by their children, past and present scholarship recipients, faculty, MSU Denver trustee members and Dr. Janine Davidson at the Cohen Center for Athletics to celebrate their donation to the university. Photo by Sara Hertwig

Rob and Molly Cohen

Expansion of the Cohen Pacesetters program makes college dream possible for more students.

“Molly and I learned early in our lives that if you’re blessed and you’re given gifts, then what really makes this world a special place is when you pay it forward, and when you give back to others,” said Rob Cohen.