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.

Lu “Maggie” Bian ’09Lu “Maggie” Bian ’09

“Career exploration is a very important part of the college experience. I would like students to have this exploration opportunity without too much financial burden.”

Young alumna names career exploration fund after former adviser, professor


 Vicki Lofquist ’71 and Craig ThiesenVicki Lofquist ’71 and Craig Thiesen

“If you’re looking for a revenue stream in retirement, this is a great way to create that stream and be charitable at the same time,” Lofquist says. “And unlike the stock market, we know what it’s supporting, plus it’s not volatile.”

For socially conscious couple, Charitable Gift Annuity is rewarding way to give back


Judge Jon Gray '73 Jon Gray ’73

“If I can to do my part to help to make the institution continue to thrive, then a future student will have the opportunity for an education like I received. The point of that is everyone can do something, even if it’s only a small gift.”

Retired judge helping pave the way for diversity on the bench


Steve Elkes '83Steve Elkes ’83

“My interest in funding this project stems from my own work in the technology industry. I like to focus gifts on practical, timely projects that likely wouldn’t otherwise be funded at Grinnell.”

‘Accidental philanthropist’ contributes to student health, data science initiatives


Carlos Mendoza ’72Carlos Mendoza ’72

“Because the College was a huge part of my life as a kid and a young adult, the decision to give to Grinnell is a gratifying way to pay back and acknowledge the pivotal role the College played in our lives as a family.”

Alumnus flips Colorado farmland to create Grinnell biology endowed chair


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.