Together,we areGreater.

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The Campaign

$175 million.
It's a lofty goal.
(But then, so is transforming
the world.)

We've always believed that by doing what we do best, Grinnellians can make a powerful, positive impact on the world. Today, that's more important than ever. 

In order to sustain our momentum and continue providing a life-changing education to intellectually motivated students, regardless of their means, we need your help.  

This is the first comprehensive campaign we've launched in 20 years. Our long-term vision, and our growing dependence on our endowment to fund operating costs and provide financial assistance demands that we take action today in order to meet our commitments for tomorrow. 

Please join us on what may be the most important journey we’ve taken in our 175-year history.

Together, we are greater.

Our Focus: Academics

From coursework to life’s work: A path that goes to distant galaxies.

Physics professor Charlotte Christensen is a recognized deep space expert. Seen here in Iowa working with undergrad researchers to understand how galaxies form and evolve, she also co-leads a Gender Minorities in Physics group that pushes for equal representation of women and other gender minorities in the fields of science and physics.

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Our Focus: Commitment

Potential is the only prerequisite: Anyone, from anywhere, with drive and passion can become a true leader.

Carrie Stallings ’19 grew up in one of the poorest parts of Jackson, Mississippi, and almost didn’t take the ACT. However, after receiving generous scholarship and financial aid support from the College, she was the baccalaureate speaker at Grinnell’s Commencement and brought the crowd to tears. Her personal exploration and a multitude of experiences she had at Grinnell, have paved the way to places Carrie could never have imagined, including a Ph.D. program in sociology at Northwestern University.

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Our Focus: Community

To be not just an observer of the world, but a shaper of the world.

As a global envoy for the Institute for Global Engagement, Kaya Prasad ’19 has provided peer advising to students interested in off-campus study, internships, and other global opportunities. She has done volunteer work in Cambodia and Costa Rica, toured Singapore, and participated in a language-immersion semester in China, where she studied the impacts of social, economic, and religious policy on communities.

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Get Involved

A never-ending pursuit of the greater good.

It’s time for all of us to reinvest, to ensure that Grinnell College’s mission thrives in the world. Join us, and we can continue to prepare students for their own lifelong journeys — living, learning, and working with meaning and purpose.

Campaign events

Serving the common good is at the core of the Grinnell College mission and drives our strong community. It is thus with great care and concern for the health and wellness of our alumni, students, parents, and friends that we announce that we cancelled all of our in-person campaign events after scheduled March 1, 2020.

Recaps and picture galleries from previous campaign events are available by clicking the button below.

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Our Progress

It's up to us. All of us.

Thanks to your support, we’re on our way to our comprehensive campaign goal of $175 million. Only together can we achieve the long-term vision we all share. 

Hover over each section to see our progress.

Scholarships and Financial Aid:

Individually Advised Teaching and Learning: $54,907,711

The Center for Careers, Life, and Service:

Institute for Global Engagement:

World-Class Facilities:

The Pioneer Fund:

Yet to be designated:

$175M Campaign Goal

$177,443,315 As of August 31, 2020

Our Stories

Why Grinnell?
There are 423 new
reasons every year.

Grinnellians lead with purpose, understanding, and awareness. Get ready to be inspired.

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