Donor Profiles

Those who give to Grinnell are as individual as the gifts they make, gifts take all shapes and sizes and touches all aspects of Grinnell's missions.

Group photo of the Alumni Council taken Fall 2019.Alumni Council

“We recognize that our nation has a long way to go in this effort. The events of Jan. 6 are just one more stark reminder of how much we need this kind of improvement. It made me feel more strongly than ever that establishing the endowed internship was the right thing to do.” —Chris Meyer ’70, Grinnell College Alumni Council president

Alumni Council all in for supporting racial justice student internships


Kevin Rhodes ’85 and Melinda (Lindy) Lopes ’85 stand in front of the Lopes Rhodes Dirty Teaching Lab in the HSSC.Kevin Rhodes ’85 and Melinda (Lindy) Lopes ’85

“We feel so very fortunate to have gotten our starts at Grinnell,” Lopes says. “It sent Kevin and me on a path that brought us together and opened up a lot of opportunities throughout our lives, so this is a way to say thank you to Grinnell from our family.”

HSSC ‘Dirty Lab’ will honor family’s Grinnell experience


Claire Rosenbush Holland ’74 Claire Rosenbush Holland ’74

“I want to help students see a workable career path in the field of nonprofit organizations and learn how to be effective leaders. Grinnell is a place where students can learn by doing.”

Alumna creates endowment to help students gain nonprofit leadership experience


A page in Grinnell’s 1976 yearbook shows Sandy Moffett, lower left photo standing on left, and some of the productions he directed or was involved in during the 1975-76 school year.Alexander “Sandy” Moffett Fund for Practice in Theater and Dance

““I’ve known these alums for a long time. It’s a group that means a lot to me, and I was moved by their honor and what it will mean for the students.”

1970s alumni create new theatre and dance fund in honor of Sandy Moffett


Kelsey Picken '10Kelsey Picken ’10

“When I started in development I expected my favorite thing to be the office work, but in reality it’s the opportunity to meet people. It’s interesting to learn why they give and why they are connected to the institution, and to see the impact of the people touched by the different forms of giving.”

Young alumna makes planned gift to Grinnell before her 10th reunion


These are just a selection of stories about those who give to Grinnell in various ways. To read more donor profiles, please explore our Donor Profile archive.