In May of 2017, just two years after launching a private capital campaign to advance a new vision for the Dorothy Day Center in Saint Paul, Catholic Charities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis announced that it had reached its goal to raise $40 million in private funds. The new vision – a two-building, $100 million public-private partnership called “Dorothy Day Place” – is the largest public-private partnership in housing and social services in Minnesota history.
Fifteen prominent regional business leaders spearheaded the fundraising campaign, including co-chairs Doug Baker, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Ecolab; Mary Brainerd, former President and CEO of HealthPartners; and Andy Cecere, President and CEO of U.S. Bancorp.
The campaign launched in May 2015 with a $5 million lead grant by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation – the most significant private investment to support Catholic Charities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in recent history. Other contributions of $1 million or more were given by Target ($2 million); 3M; Julie and Doug Baker, Jr. Foundation; The Casale Family; Ecolab Foundation; Frey Foundation of Minnesota; Hardenbergh Foundation; Patrick and Patti McAdaragh; Rory and Rhonda O’Neill; Pohlad Family Foundation; Premier Banks; and U.S. Bank Foundation.