The MARL Program is designed to give donors the maximum amount of flexibility in how they can support the program. Support can be given in the form of monetary donations to the general fund, which are used to pay program operating costs. Contributors can also underwrite an entire seminar, or any portion of one by directly paying program expenses, or making an in-kind donation which eliminates a direct expense for the program.
How Can You Contribute?
MARL appreciates supporters of all sizes and types. If you would like to visit personally with MARL board or staff members to discuss other potential means of contributing to the program we would be glad to make those arrangements.
If you have already decided what and how you want to give to MARL, of course, contributions can always be mailed into the MARL office: SMSU, 1501 State Street, ST 219, Marshall, MN 56258. MARL also utilizes a secure website so supporters can make contributions online. The site is operated by a MN Gives, non-profit organization that operates the secure Web site and covers all transaction fees. When you contribute, please make sure to fill in the contact information so we can properly thank and recognize you for your contribution. To contribute, click here to go to our secure site.
How Will Your Contribution Be Handled?
The MARL Program board of directors, which oversees the activities of the MARL Program, is established as a standing committee of the Southwest State University Foundation. The Southwest State University Foundation is a non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status. Donations are solicited from individuals, partnerships, organizations, companies, corporations, institutions, and foundations.
Monetary contributions to the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program are deposited in a designated account within the Southwest State University Foundation. Gifts can also be made to directly offset program expenses. Contributions may be considered tax deductible as charitable gifts.
The privacy of our supporters is of utmost importance. Donor records are held in the strictest of confidence. Only in the assistance of solicitations can board members access lists and records. Non-anonymous donor mail lists are only released to program participants or board members to extend appreciation for the gifts. The general public is not allowed access to these mail lists. Only those authorizing release shall receive individual or business name listing in recognition and promotional materials.
The Board of Directors retains the authority to refuse and/or return donations which do not meet the ethical standards of the program. Receipt of funds from any given donor or group of donors, shall in no way influence the Board of Director’s selection of class members or the content or direction of the program.
Specific Sponsorship Opportunities
In addition to general fund contributions, some investors in the MARL Program choose to sponsor specific program activities. Most often, those are expenses associated with in-state seminars.