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Effective July 1, 2016

Rosenfield Fellow $50,000 and up

Trustee Circle $25,000 - $49,999

Laurus Nobilis $10,000 - $24,999

Iowa Band $5,000 - $9,999

Pioneer Circle $2,500 - $4,999

Presidents' Club $1,500 - $2,499

Young Alumni Presidents' Club (Classes of 2006-2019) $750 - $1,499

Scarlet and Black Circle $500 - $1,499

James J. Hill Society $170 - $499

Honor Roll $1 - $169


$50,000 and up Rosenfield Fellow

The passionate devotion of Joseph Frankel Rosenfield '25 to Grinnell is unmatched. During his tenure as a trustee, lasting over half a century, his personal and professional investment in the College catalyzed the tremendous growth of the endowment, ensuring the continued excellence of Grinnell.


$25,000 to $49,999 Trustee Circle

Since 1846, the College's trustees have promoted "the great and lasting good" of Grinnell College. Their collective commitment to stewardship, sound investment, and prudent management allows Grinnell to develop its special character as an institution that combines academic achievement with service to our nation and world.


$10,000 to $24,999 Laurus Nobilis

In ancient Greece, laurel leaves were woven into a crown and given to outstanding citizens who performed a heroic action. This meaning has transferred itself to our present society with the conferring of a bachelor of arts (BA) or other baccalaureate degree.


$5,000 to $9,999 Iowa Band

The twelve members of the Iowa Band who founded Iowa College (now Grinnell College), worked together against a host of obstacles. These pioneering Eastern college men created the basis for a flourishing educational institution on the Western frontier that continues to grow and adapt to the new challenges of the twenty-first century.


$2,500 to $4,999 Pioneer Circle

J. B. Grinnell added his pioneering spirit to the efforts of the Iowa Band and brought Iowa College to the new town he founded on the frontier. The trail he blazed is still being followed by the pioneers of this generation and the next who will continue to shape the future of Iowa, the nation, and the world.


$1,500 to $2,499 Presidents' Club

The leadership gifts of these donors work together for the common purpose of preserving and extending the educational and service heritage left by the eleven presidents of Grinnell College.


$750 to $1,499 Young Alumni Presidents' Club (for Classes of 2006-2019)

Students and recent alumni face special challenges in supporting the College. We honor their extraordinary dedication with membership in the first of Grinnell's leadership gift levels.


$500 to $1,499 Scarlet and Black Circle

In its early years Grinnell's color was a faded pink. Supporters of the College came to realize that waving pink pennants at sporting events did not instill fear in their opponents, and clamored for new colors to be chosen. In the early 1890s a bold combination of scarlet and black was chosen. This gift level recognizes the bold College spirit of its members.


$170 to $499 James J. Hill Society

On June 10, 1846, James J. Hill of the Iowa Band laid a silver dollar on the table at a meeting of the new Board of Trustees, declaring it to be the seed of an endowment to support outstanding students and faculty. Each fall, new students receive a Grinnell silver dollar medal calling them to assume their responsibility to support their College.


$1 to $169 Honor Roll

All donors to the College have a place of honor, for only through private support can Grinnell College takes its place as an extraordinary, innovative, academically rigorous institution.

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