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.

John Peele '64John Peele ’64

“When I got to Grinnell, I was in over my head in some regards. But through coursework and the professors, I learned so much. The ability to think and solve problems stayed with me through 50 years of working and owning businesses.”

Invaluable educational experience inspires planned gift to Grinnell College

Carolyn Toft ’58, Jessica Toft ’89, & Sophia Schott ’21Carolyn Toft ’58, Jessica Toft ’89, and Sophia Schott ’21

“I took advantage of many opportunities: basketball, volleyball, research assistant, Collegium Musicum, and Grinnell Singers. I had a chance to explore possibilities and be involved socially. That’s a remarkable education, and I haven’t even yet mentioned the social justice aspect — an emphasis on the value of humanity. I give to Grinnell because it is important to keep social justice as part of the identity of Grinnell College.” – Jessica Toft '89

Family reflects on what College has meant to four generations of Grinnellians

Kirpal Singh '97Kirpal Singh ’97

“Need-based financial aid is a big thing for my class,” Singh says. “That’s what we chose to raise money for as a Reunion committee. I think we recognize the importance of it and want to keep alive that tradition of Grinnell accepting students who are worthy of attending but may not have the financial means.”

Denver attorney leading by example for Grinnell College fundraising

Elizabeth Wiley ’79 and Elizabeth Valenti ’83Elizabeth Wiley ’79 and Elizabeth Valenti ’83

“Wiley and I are coming up on knowing each other for 40 years,” Valenti said. “My parents loved her, I loved her mom and consider her dad my dad – we are brutally honest with each other in ways that the oldest and dearest of friends can be. None of this would have been possible without Grinnell.”

Chefs endow Grinnell scholarship to celebrate friendship forged over food

Robert Cantwell '66 with wife Lydia WegmanRobert Cantwell ’66

“There’s something that this place imparts that can be recognized,” Cantwell said. “I’m not sure what it is exactly. Grinnell graduates have a natural affinity for one another.”

Alumnus, retired English professor sings virtues of humanities education

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.