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Thank you for celebrating #GivingTuesday with Grinnell College. On December 1,144 donors gave a total of $14,100.09. Gifts from donors help transform students' lives by providing quality education, financial aid, research opportunities, career preparation, and global experiences. Even if you missed #Giving Tuesday, here’s how you can celebrate Grinnell’s tradition of giving:
- Make a gift online
- Share why you give your time, talent, treasure, and ties to Grinnell on Facebook or Twitter using #GivingtoGrinnell
- Watch our video narrated by Peter Coyote ’64
Q&A with Peter Coyote ’64
"When Peter Cohon Coyote and I met for our interview in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts," says Elise Hadden ’14, "I was recovering from a weeklong illness. As he introduced himself and reached out his hand, I clasped my hands behind me and said ‘I’d shake your hand, but I’m a little sick today and I don’t want to infect you.’ He said, ‘Ok, well how about a hug?’ then embraced me like I was an old friend.
This casual charm, along with a healthy dose of thoughtfulness and clarity, pervaded the rest of our conversation. As we sat outside in the Bucksbaum courtyard, occasionally ruffled by the fall breeze, Coyote spoke candidly with me about his Grinnell experience, love of learning, and the value of Zen Buddhist practice.
Across the Generations
Ever since she was a little girl, Louise McKleevan ’35 dreamed of “standing on the mound, throwing the first pitch at a professional baseball game.”
After over 70 years of fandom, the diehard Minnesota Twins fan did just that thanks to Wish of a Lifetime and her senior living community. Sally Webster ’08 is part of the nonprofit that made it happen.
News: Grinnell Retains Need-Blind
On Oct. 9, 2015, the Grinnell College Board of Trustees voted to retain the policies of need-blind admission and meeting 100 percent of demonstrated need for domestic students. Read more about the background of this decision and its implications for the future.
Fundraising and Engagement Continue Upward in FY 2015New philanthropic commitments to Grinnell College from alumni, friends, parents, faculty, students, and foundation and corporation partners broke the $20 million mark in fiscal year 2015. Total commitments reached $23,352,051, compared with $12,521,188 in the same period a year ago — an increase of 86.5 percent in new gifts, new pledges, and new bequests documented during the year. Read more about how gift and donor participation totals reflect a renewed culture of philanthropy.
What's New in Alumni News?
Intersections: The Roads Traveled After Graduation Follow the journey of Daniel Kisslinger '14 as he takes to the road to talk with Grinnellians about their journeys after graduation.
The Story of How Grinnell Students Brought Home the Story of Selma On March 25, 1965, an epic demonstration for voting rights ended in a triumphant rally at the Alabama capitol in Montgomery after a 5-day, 50-mile walk from Selma. Among those who were there that historic month of March were Grinnell students who brought home photos and stories for the College's student newspaper. Grinnell College alum and Board of Trustee member Hal Fuson '67 offers his first-hand account .
Andrés Chang '05 realized a dream he'd had since graduation: to establish an endowed scholarship. Read about Chang's gift and have a conversation with Chang about its significance to him.
Karen Van Dusen '77 and Joel Spiegel '78 have pledged $1 million for new learning spaces for Grinnell's humanities and social studies programs. Read about their gift here.
Susan McCurry '71, member of the Grinnell College Board of Trustees, has pledged $4 million to start Global Learning Program. Read more about McCurry's gift here.
A $300,000 gift from M. Anne Spence '66, Board of Trustee member, will advance study of the Classics at Grinnell and support upgrade to the College's humanities and social studies learning spaces. Read about Spence's gift here.
And Last But Not Least... Scarlet and Give Back Day! We would have to call it a success. But don't take our word for it. Check the numbers yourself. More here.
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