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Funding Priorities

The Earlham College Board of Trustees sets priorities for fundraising, guided by the Campus Master Plan and Earlham's Strategic Plan. Each year, annual support to Earlham is critical, both to the overall health of the College, and to these priorities. However, in addition to this annual giving, Earlham relies on generous support at a leadership level for the success of these important projects.

For gifts to capital projects, contact:


Kevin Klose
Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Soccer Facility

The Earlham Board of Trustees recently authorized fundraising for a new, permanent, on-campus soccer facility. Initial plans for this much-needed addition to Earlham’s athletic infrastructure include:

  • A clubhouse containing men’s and women’s locker rooms, an upper level media area, an upper level conference room, public restrooms, storage, and a concession stand
  • Permanent seating for approximately 200 fans
  • Permanent fencing surrounding the facility
  • Public address system
  • New scoreboard
  • Additional amenities that will enhance the state of the art facility

Make an online gift to support this facility now. View updated renderings of the finished construction here and here, and see a floor plan of the press box. Several spaces are available for naming opportunities.

Runyan Center

Now that the College has opened the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, there is a need to do selective renovations of Runyan Center for the benefit of student life and student organizations. Earlham is working with a planning firm to develop these plans and associated costs. Gifts will support this important renovation project.

Center for Science and Technology

The dedication for the Center for Science and Technology took place during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2015. The new building houses the departments of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science. A science and technology learning commons is a featured space. Classrooms for all sciences, and for departments across campus are included, to foster collaborative learning. There are numerous spaces that can be named.

Dedication of the Center for Science and Technology - October 30, 2015

Randall R. Sadler Baseball Stadium

Established with a leadership gift from Randall and Melissa Sadler, the stadium opened in spring 2014. Since then, additional improvements have been made, adding a community meeting room, restrooms, locker rooms, a press facility and an outdoor events patio. Gifts are still being accepted to name seats and other spaces.



Gail Connerley
Director of Annual Giving

The Earlham Fund

The Earlham Fund continues to be a major fundraising priority for Earlham. Unrestricted gifts to the Earlham Fund are used for the greatest needs of the College in the areas of student financial aid/scholarship, sustainability efforts, student/faculty collaborative research, lab equipment/computers and campus enhancements.

You can easily make your gift to the Earlham Fund online.

For information on endowed funds, contact:


Kevin Klose
Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement

An endowed gift is an investment in the future strength and success of Earlham — a gift that the College holds in perpetuity. The goal is to ensure that the principal maintains its value over time. Thus, a donor who creates an endowed gift today can be confident that it will grow and continue to support Earlham in the years to come.

Endowed gifts allow friends to:

  • Give generously while uniquely expressing causes or priorities that matter most
  • Ensure financial security for future generations of Earlhamites

Endowed funds can be established with gifts of $50,000+ paid over a span of time up to five years.



Kevin Klose
Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Support for the Center for Integrated Learning's Internship Initiative

A college education should prepare students for a job and a career, and an Earlham education should also prepare for a life well-lived. A critical component of the College's strategic plan is an enhanced commitment to internships for Earlham students. Internships provide the best opportunity for students to examine career options, develop important contacts and mentors, and learn about the world of work.

Unfortunately, many worthwhile organizations cannot afford to offer paid internships – and many Earlham students cannot afford to accept unpaid internships due to the cost of travel, housing and other living expenses. Because of this reality, Earlham has created The Earlham Internship Assistance Fund – a fund supported entirely through annual gifts from donors – that each year provides stipends to Earlham students who undertake unpaid internships. Stipends are awarded as a result of a competitive process and are awarded to sophomore and junior students for both domestic and international internships.

Future Priorities

The Board of Trustees has authorized further planning for projects identified in the Campus Master Plan.

Lilly Library

The world of libraries is changing rapidly. And with Wildman Science Library already being transformed through Phase II of Earlham’s science constructions and renovations, the view shifts to Lilly. Lilly Library continues to be a central feature of the academic program of Earlham. Planners have worked with the College to design a reimagined and reorganized interior to help Lilly Library be a 21st-century center of academic excellence. Better access to technology and enhanced spaces for group projects are featured. There will be expanded and more visible spaces in support of student learning. Improvements for information technology, instructional technology and the college archival collection will be part of the project. The College seeks gifts that will help fund these changes in phases.

Campus Enhancements

The focus of campus improvements over the last three years has been major building and renovation projects. The newly adopted Campus Master Plan calls for improvements to several exterior spaces. Earlham is beginning to work with a firm to design entrances, change roads and parking lots, improve signage and expand green spaces. Gifts will improve the overall appearance and functioning of the campus to go along with its substantial new investment in buildings.

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