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Bemidji State University's Build the Dam Challenge will engage donors from around the world to show their support for our world's future leaders.

This campaign enables Bemidji State to succeed in its mission to boldly educate and empower students for success. Your gift, no matter how big or small, makes a transformative impact on the next generation of leaders.

Use this page to learn more about the campaign and how you can get involved. Don't see an answer to your question? Contact us!

What is the Build the Dam Challenge?

On February 13, Beavers around the world - alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty and staff - will come together for Bemidji State University's day of giving, a 24-hour online fundraising event that will change the lives of BSU students, both now and in the future.

Where can I designate my gift?

You can make your gift to The Lakeside Fund (academic scholarships), Beaver Pride (athletic scholarships) or your favorite BSU Beavers athletic team.

What is the campaign's goal?

Our goal is 500 donors over the 24-hour period.

Who can participate in the Build the Dam Challenge?

Absolutely anyone can participate! Alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty and staff are all welcome to join in the fun and make a gift.

How do I make a gift?

You can make your gift online at on February 13. If you prefer, you can also mail your gift to:

BSU Build the Dam Challenge
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #17
Bemidji, MN 56601

Gifts must be postmarked by February 13 to count toward the challenge. Gifts postmarked after that date will not count toward the day's totals, but will still benefit students!

How do I give to a specific Beavers athletic team?

When you make your gift using our easy-to-use donation form, select the team you want to support under the "designation" drop-down menu.

Is it safe to give online?

Yes. Making a gift online via our giving page is both easy and secure.

Is there a minimum gift amount?

No! Gifts of any size are greatly appreciated and will make a difference at BSU.

Will my gift be tax-deductible?

Absolutely. All gifts made to the campaign are tax-deductible. Donors receive an email confirmation after making their gift and will receive a tax receipt in the mail after the gift is processed.

What other events will celebrate day of giving?

How can I spread the word about the Build the Dam Challenge?

View our complete advocate tool kit here. In addition to making a gift, promoting the campaign via social media, email and text message is one way donors can make an impact.

Thank you!