SCARLET & GIVE BACK DAY

2,563
Donors
102% of 2,500 Donor goal
$1,221,223
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This campaign successfully reached its goal on April 14, 2022!
Matches
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Rex Chien photoRex Chien matched $200

An Anonymous DonorMatt Horstman matched $47

Abbey Scheckter photoAbbey Scheckter matched $480


Carter Newton photoCarter Newton matched $1,000

An Anonymous DonorJohn Aubry matched $1,000

Eric Ragan photoEric Ragan matched $1,000


An Anonymous DonorKarmi Anna J. Mattson matched $2,500

An Anonymous DonorDonna Rothenberg Savage '74 matched $3,500

An Anonymous DonorAn anonymous group of donors matched $5,000

An Anonymous DonorParents and Families Leadership Council matched $45,000

An Anonymous DonorBetsy Wolcott '75, Tommy Erdei '95 & Stephen Sandquist '95 matched $420,000
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An Anonymous DonorKerry William Bart gave $94 because 10 donors made a gift in 1 day


Jeffrey Fields photoJeffrey Fields gave $176

An Anonymous DonorLizz (Welch) Ellis gave $250

An Anonymous DonorRebecca Eilers gave $250

Alison Hart photoAlison Hart gave $250

An Anonymous DonorDaniel Baskes gave $1,000

An Anonymous DonorRuth Montgomery gave $1,050 because 7 donors made a gift in 0 days
About

Scarlet & Give Back Day is back!

To live as a Grinnellian is to live responsibly. To understand there is always more to explore and learn, and more ways to improve what’s around us.

During Scarlet & Give Back Day over the past six years, members of the Grinnell community have come together to support students with more than 15,000 gifts totaling more than $5.5 million. By coming together and giving as a community, we’ve ensured greater access to the opportunities that enable students to succeed academically, professionally, and personally — and to go forth and change the world

Join us now as we come together again. Our collective effort will mean twice as much this year — Betsy Wolcott ’75, Tommy Erdei ’95, and Stephen Sandquist ’95 are offering a dollar-for-dollar match for gifts given on Scarlet & Give Back Day, up to $420,000. You can direct your gift wherever you wish at the College, and the donors will direct an equal amount where they wish at the College

The world needs Grinnellians. And Grinnellians need you.

Please make a Scarlet & Give Back Day gift today to maximize our community impact by taking advantage of this generous $1-for-$1 gift match.

Why do this year's matching gift donors give to Grinnell College? 

"I feel the world needs more Grinnellians. We need people who think outside the box, who are smart, caring, and want to make the world a better place for everyone. That is why I support Grinnell College!" Betsy Wolcott ’75

Photo of Betsy Wolcott '75
Photo of Betsy Wolcott '75

"Grinnell meant a lot to both of us: whether it was quarterbacking the football team, creating the GUM magazine, 2 a.m. bakery runs, special teachers including Don Smith, “Jack” Mutti, Al Jones, and Paul Munyon — among many others. We thrived in Grinnell’s diverse liberal arts education and community. It is to Grinnell that we owe our lifelong friendship and much of the success we have attained. Thank you, Grinnell." Tommy Erdei ’95, and Stephen Sandquist ’95

Photo of Tommy Erdei '95 and Stephen Sandquist '95
Pictured left to right Tommy Erdei '95 and Stephen Sandquist '95

Join in Scarlet & Give Back Day Events and Activities

Wednesday, April 13

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CT
Scarlet & Give Back Day – Throwback Day events
Joe Rosenfield Center, Email Lounge and Second Floor Lobby
Learn about and participate in previous campus traditions that were popular back in the day like Pipe Cleaner Day and Annual Exchange of Compliments! Those who come and visit will be rewarded with a sweet treat.

Noon - 1 p.m. CT 
Alumni College Discussion with Eric McIntyre on Mozarts Juggling Act
In the final movement of his final symphony, Mozart performs one of the more extraordinary displays of musical, mathematical, and creative prowess ever presented by a composer ... and he makes it look (or sound!) easy. In this session we examine how a work that, on its surface is seemingly just another bit of musical fun, reveals extraordinary skill on so many levels. Previous experience with music theory or classical music is not necessary to understand this session! Click here to learn more and to register.

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. CT
Scarlet & Give Back Day – Throwback Day events
Joe Rosenfield Center, Email Lounge and Second Floor Lobby
Learn about and participate in previous campus traditions that were popular back in the day like Pipe Cleaner Day and Annual Exchange of Compliments! Those who come and visit will be rewarded with a sweet treat.

7 p.m. CT
Scarlet & Give Back Day Virtual Escape Room
Do you like solving riddles? Or completing puzzles in a certain amount of time? If so, gather your Grinnellian friends together to participate in Grinnell College’s first Virtual Escape Room. All members of the Grinnell College community, including alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff, are invited to participate. Hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Prizes will be awarded to the teams that “escape” first.
Register here

8 p.m. CT
Scarlet & Give Back Day Virtual Escape Room
Do you like solving riddles? Or completing puzzles in a certain amount of time? If so, gather your Grinnellian friends together to participate in Grinnell College’s first Virtual Escape Room. All members of the Grinnell College community, including alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff, are invited to participate. Hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Prizes will be awarded to the teams that “escape” first.
Registration is now closed.

Thursday, April 14

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Scarlet’s Taxi
Need a quick ride across campus? Be on the lookout for Scarlet’s Taxi cruising around campus! 

7-8:30 p.m.
A Town Hall Meeting with President Anne F. Harris
Tune in here


FAQs
Updates
Thank you for your collective support!

Every community, every business, and every initiative needs more Grinnellians.

Thank you! Your efforts during Scarlet & Give Back Day resulted in 2,559 donors and $1,204,782.

Because of your tremendous support of our community, we are more equipped to prepare and send students forth as Grinnellians with the desire, passion, and ability to change the world for the better. 

You took full advantage of the $1-for-$1 match provided by Betsy Wolcott ’75, Tommy Erdei ’95 and Stephen Sandquist ’95, reaching the maximum $420,000 pledge amount! 

When a second giving challenge was announced, you again came through in spectacular fashion. The Board of Trustees pledged to give $240,000 if we reached 2,500 donors by 5 p.m.; 2,559 donors gave! 

On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff of Grinnell College, thank you for giving to Grinnell. Thank you for supporting Grinnell’s commitment to access and academic excellence, and demonstrating the strength of our community.

— Your friends in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations

78 days ago by Jillian Beukema
And the winners are ...

Congratulations to the following winning teams of Grinnell's first Scarlet & Give Back Day Escape Room!

7 p.m. Session Winners: 

1st place: 35s on 35 
Damian Von Schoenborn '10
Julie Hoye '09
Kelsey Picken '10
Joe Harper
Dave Roberts
Edgerly Roberts 

2nd place: She-Block
Jennie Robinson Kloos ‘90
Amy Woodworth ‘91
Barb Duffrin ‘91
Jinna Collins ’91 
Jessica Toft ‘89

3rd place: Grinning Houdinis 
Scott Porter 80
Catherine Barrad – parent 
Karen Fuller parent 2022
Joy Glasier ’95 
Miranda Thomas ‘17
Molly Skouson ’21 

8 p.m. Session Winners: 

1st Place: Swish Sisters 
Katy Mackins '06
Marie Lister '03
Lauren Byrne '06
Anna Veit-Carter '05
Emily Kolbe '07 

2nd place: 
Matt Cleinman ‘06
John Bohman ‘06
Davis Hart ‘06
Tiffany Ong ’06 

3rd place: The Lushes
Kristina Van Doren-Shulkin '05
Sarah Butcher ’05 
Cristina Briskie-Wood ’05 
Alissa Briggs ’05 

78 days ago by Jillian Beukema
Hooray! We did it!

Thank you to the 1,913 donors who helped us exhaust the $1 for $1 gift match from Betsy Wolcott ’75, Tommy Erdei ’95, and Stephen Sandquist ’95 for a total of $420,000!  

We’re energized by your effort and are happy to announce the Board of Trustees is inspired as well. To keep the momentum going, they are offering a second challenge. Trustees will contribute $240,000, if we receive a total of 2,500 donors by 5 p.m. CT today.

78 days ago by Jillian Beukema
Good evening! We are getting closer to our goal!

Photo of Scarlet the squirrel with a student

It's been a great day so far for Grinnell! We are over halfway to meeting the $1 for $1 match from Betsy Wolcott ’75, Tommy Erdei ’95, and Stephen Sandquist ’95. If you haven't made your gift yet, there's still time!

79 days ago by Jillian Beukema
It's finally Scarlet & Give Back Day!

79 days ago by Jillian Beukema
Scarlet & Give Back Day Virtual Escape Rooms - FULL!

All team slots for both Escape Rooms have been filled! Team results will be posted here following the conclusion of both sessions.

85 days ago by Jillian Beukema
Scarlet & Give Back Day Virtual Escape Room - Registration open!

Do you like solving riddles? Or completing puzzles in a certain amount of time? If so, gather your Grinnellian friends together to participate in Grinnell College’s first Virtual Escape Room. All members of the Grinnell College community, including alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff, are invited to participate.

Hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, this inaugural event will be held during this year’s Scarlet & Give Back Day on April 13 at 7 p.m. CT and 8 p.m. CT. Prizes will be awarded to the teams that “escape” first.

Registration is limited and closes on April 7.

Register now!

102 days ago by Jillian Beukema
Scarlet & Give Back Day is one month away!

108 days ago by Jillian Beukema

Donor Maps
Class Leaderboard The Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students
AffiliationDonors$ Raised
202539$911
202413$606
20239$112
20228$155
202116$197
202015$416
201912$476
201816$350
201724$1,068
201623$1,694
201523$1,324
201423$2,685
201323$1,902
201253$7,124
201134$2,129
201028$1,846
200926$13,641
200832$3,889
200720$4,828
200624$3,489
200541$3,773
200434$7,835
200326$4,601
200254$6,233
200144$8,890
200039$5,535
199939$5,344
199869$13,057
199762$20,580
199647$7,177
199552$10,241
199428$8,814
199340$4,774
199244$9,134
199141$5,674
199040$5,791
198942$4,864
198842$3,449
198739$8,836
198636$5,721
198520$2,909
198421$3,603
198340$9,933
198232$6,285
198125$5,760
198024$2,867
197923$13,205
197817$10,801
197737$12,199
197615$1,519
197528$4,687
197436$9,870
197328$12,686
197227$7,375
197120$3,458
197029$10,690
196921$13,927
196831$4,109
196721$3,352
196615$2,782
196517$7,808
196423$7,455
196322$8,097
196212$12,850
19617$3,813
19607$3,710
19599$2,052
19584$1,102
19576$3,375
19565$1,656
19556$15,387
19545$3,901
19536$2,976
19525$1,380
19511$1,000
19501$350
19491$25
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Advocates

Betsy Wolcott '75, Tommy Erdei '95 photo
Betsy Wolcott '75, Tommy Erdei '95
matched a total of $420,000
Parents and Families Leadership Council photo
Parents and Families Leadership Council
matched a total of $45,000
Leslie Madsen photo
generated 1 click and 1 gift, totaling $7,000
Maggie Bian '09 photo
Maggie Bian '09
Gave $5,000 during a Challenge!
generated 6 gifts, totaling $1,613
Maggie Bian '09 photo
Maggie Bian '09
Gave $5,000 during a Challenge!
generated 8 gifts, totaling $332
An anonymous group of donors photo
An anonymous group of donors
matched a total of $5,000
Donna Rothenberg Savage '74 photo
Donna Rothenberg Savage '74
matched a total of $3,500
Community Advocates photo
generated 114 clicks and 24 gifts, totaling $3,143
Karmi Anna J. Mattson photo
Karmi Anna J. Mattson
matched a total of $2,500
Scott and Laura Cleveland Shepherd '82 photo
matched a total of $1,000
generated 7 clicks and 1 gift, totaling $100

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