Why are annual unrestricted gifts to the Pioneer Fund important?

Pioneer Fund gifts enhance the operating budget. The majority of Pioneer Fund gifts are unrestricted operating funds to enhance the operating budget. Funds are expended following the budget process's recommendations for priorities for a given year.

Unrestricted funds support educational programs: classes, laboratories, performances, speakers, internships, wellness programs, athletics, and arts initiatives.

Pioneer Fund gifts add flexibility and improve responsiveness. The budget is prepared each fall and put into place the following July. In the intervening months, opportunities arise that, if Grinnell had to wait for the next budget cycle, could take up to 2 years to be implemented.

Unrestricted giving to the Pioneer Fund allows Grinnell to take advantage of these opportunities and to be responsive in its decision-making.

How to volunteer for the Pioneer Fund.  Learn more about volunteering your time as a Class Fund Director.

To make a gift to the Pioneer Fund or another area of the College, please visit our secure online giving form.


History of the Pioneer Fund

In the Beginning... the Iowa Band. The Iowa Band, a group of 11 ministers from the eastern United States, followed their deacon's vision and founded Grinnell College.

Hill's Silver Dollar. On June 10, 1846, Iowa Band members envisioned founding an exemplary college. James J. Hill ceremoniously laid a silver dollar before those assembled and sounded a call to action: to secure the future of Grinnell College as a superb liberal arts college with a tradition of distinguished excellence.

Ensuring Hill's Pioneering Vision Lives On. Grinnell College still relies on philanthropic support to fulfill its mission. The College uses resources with the same vision of long-term strength. Each year the Annual Report and the Honor Roll recognize the importance of alumni, parent, and friend donors.

Pioneer Fund gifts are a direct part of the College's current operating budget. The College uses the Pioneer Fund to support annual expenses.

How to Give to the Pioneer FundGo to our secure online giving pages now: Make A Gift

Questions about the Pioneer Fund or annual giving? Please contact Annual Giving staff by calling (866) 850-1846 or emailing annualgiving@grinnell.edu.

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