College of Design
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Buckman Fellowship

An initiative for the study and practice of philanthropy, leadership and personal and community improvement.


The Buckman Fellowship program is a unique opportunity for faculty, staff, graduate students, and alumni of the University of Minnesota to learn about the world of philanthropy and fundraising. The program is available to individuals affiliated with the College of Design, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and the College of Education + Human Development.


Buckman Fellows are chosen based on their commitment to a specific philanthropic project and awarded a $1,000 stipend to implement their project. They participate in a year-long series of seminars with university and community experts on fundraising, marketing, engaging partnerships, and more.


Buckman Fellows are selected by an advisory board of Twin Cities philanthropy and fundraising experts. Ten Fellows were selected for the 2010 - 2011 cohort. Click on the links at right to see a list of current and previous Fellows.


The Fellowship is made possible by the Mertie W. Buckman Endowed Fund for Leadership in Philanthropy, established in 2002. Mrs. Willigar Buckman, a dedicated philanthropist and former College of Human Ecology faculty member, through her generous gift provides ongoing opportunities for fellows to become experts and leaders in philanthropy and will continue to do so for years to come.


For more information about the Buckman Fellowship Program, contact Colleen Kahn at

Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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