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Impact 2019

Thank you for supporting Grinnellians in 2018-19

Alumni and Friends,

One message I regularly remind our Development and Alumni Relations team is that the collective work we do changes lives. I really believe that. And I imagine most of you do too. Perhaps yours was one of countless lives changed for the better by Grinnell College.

During my first year at Grinnell, I was awestruck by the impact of philanthropy. We are fortunate in many regards to have such an active and committed group of alumni and friends. By making gifts, volunteering, mentoring, and attending College events, you are providing for a lively academic community of students and teachers of high scholarly qualifications from diverse social and cultural environments.

Thank you for all you have done to make Grinnell College flourish.

Altogether, we had quite a year. Our philanthropic commitments from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, reached $28.6 million. While we are excited about these numbers, we are even more enthusiastic about what these gifts are doing. That is what you’ll see illustrated in the stories below.  

Much of the philanthropic focus has been on providing access, supporting diversity and inclusion, imparting students with global experiences, and setting them up for career success.

In addition, alumni volunteerism continues to play a vital role in what the College can accomplish. We appreciate all your help in providing a vibrant learning environment where students can thrive.

With gratitude, 

Jaci A. Thiede
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations