The Pioneer Fund

Making greater things possible, by addressing the greatest needs and unforeseen opportunities

The Pioneer Fund provides unrestricted funds to Grinnell’s operating budget, which the College can expend as needed and as opportunities arise. For example, during the pandemic Pioneer Fund gifts were used to cover travel expenses for students to return home and for the purchase of laptops and other technology resources to ensure students could continue learning remotely. These funds allow the College to respond quickly to unforeseen needs and make a significant difference for today and tomorrow’s students.

Helping future Grinnellians pursue their purpose

By supporting Grinnell’s day-to-day workings, year after year, you support current students’ curiosity, ambition, and ingenuity — their own greater good. In so doing, you’re preparing generations of uncommonly hopeful and purposeful graduates to go forth and put their ideals into practice.

By entrusting us with a gift in this unrestricted category, you empower the College to respond to issues and opportunities across the campus. Everything we need to continue our pursuit of the greater good is what a Pioneer Fund gift supports.

Your participation inspires others

More donors give to the Pioneer Fund than any other fund at Grinnell. By showing your passion for Grinnell through giving, you help inspire other Grinnellians to pay their passion forward.

Here are just a few examples of how Pioneer Funds have been put to work on campus

  • Mentored Advanced Project Stipend
  • Airport shuttles to campus for all new international students
  • New uniforms for student-athletes
  • Purchase rights for theatre productions
  • COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff.

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