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.

Dick and Jean DoubJean and Dick Doub

“Dick and I hope that it honors and preserves Hallie Flanagan’s memory, as one central to the creation of the only truly national theatre program ever in America,” Jean says. “We also hope the scholarship fund will assist Grinnell students gain an understanding of and appreciation for theatre, by providing opportunities to learn and love the theatre arts.”

‘Unsung hero’ of the American theatre inspires gift for future Grinnell College thespians

Doug Johnson ’77 & John Chambers ’77John Chambers ’77

“The Biology Department always has been strong,” Chambers says. “The excellence of the faculty should be recognized. They inspire students like Doug (Johnson) who want a career in health sciences. Ultimately, the success of the Johnson Professor of Biology will be measured by the successes of the students nurtured by the professor.”

New biology endowed chair created as tribute to friend, swimming teammate

John Kispert ’85 and Jill Goldberg KispertJohn Kispert ’85 & Jill Goldberg Kispert

“Grinnell is a place where everyone is part of something bigger than themselves and where people work and play with others who are far different from themselves,” says John Kispert. “Moreover, athletics provide unique opportunities for students to encounter differences and learn from each other – on the field and on the court.”

Kispert family brings philanthropic leadership to athletic excellence at Grinnell

Erica Tarpey '93Erica Tarpey '93

“It’s eye-opening to go someplace else and be ‘the other,’” Tarpey said. “We’re so often surrounded by some level of comfort and similarity to the people who make up our communities. Travel not only helps you appreciate other cultures, it helps you appreciate your own. The college is significantly expanding international immersion experiences for students and that’s what hooked me.”

Alumna sets up global fund to expand minds and opportunities with travel

Evan Michael '99Evan Michael '99

“The College provides fantastic opportunities to all students,” Michael says. “The excellent science facilities help lay the foundation for my decision to obtain advanced degrees and subsequent cancer research fellowships... Alumni donations enable the College to provide tremendous opportunities for its students.”

Atlanta physician inspired to give back to Grinnell College