Powered by generous gift-giving matches from dozens of alumni and friends, Earlham College raised more than $1.1 million during its eighth annual Earlham Day celebration on Thursday, April 28.
For the first time in the 24-hour day-of-giving’s eight-year history, Earlham Day was held in partnership with the Epic Expo and the spring senior awards ceremony, the College’s showcase of student-faculty scholarship and community engagement.
“This day was nothing short of extraordinary,” Earlham President Anne Houtman said. “After two years of hosting these events online, it was wonderful to gather in person to celebrate the very best of Earlham.
“I want to give special thanks to our students, employees, alumni donors and friends who made 2,514 gifts in just 24 hours’ time,” Houtman said. “I also can’t thank our community enough for sharing their talents with us and bringing so many important events into focus at the same time. I would also like to thank Earlham’s Institutional Advancement staff, who worked tirelessly to make this such a special and successful day.”
Most proceeds from Earlham Day go to the Earlham Fund, which supports the College’s most critical needs and bridges the gap between the cost of tuition and the actual cost of educating students. That includes funding scholarships, faculty-student collaborative research, off-campus study, maintenance projects and campus beatification efforts. Other gifts were received for other purposes requested by donors.
Earlham Day and the Epic Expo were also accompanied by a carnival and a series of online events, interactive presentations and a concert by students and alumni all over the world. Participants had the opportunity to register for EC Connect, an online networking community for Earlham alumni, parents, faculty and staff, and students.
“We asked our worldwide community to join us as we look forward to securing a strong future for future generations of students, and they delivered,” said Kim Tanner, vice president of Institutional Advancement. “Generous alumni donors and friends provided gift-giving matches that started at $200, no matter the size of the contribution. Any gifts from parents, students and first-time donors helped us unlock even larger matches.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Earlham’s 175-year history of providing a transformative education that inspires our students to change the world,” she said.
Five generations of Earlham alumni joined other friends of the College in generously contributing matching gifts on Earlham Day, including Georges ’63 and Shorty ’61 Birenbaum, Thomas ’64 and Barbara ’64 Gottschalk, Bob Graham ’65 and Jane Henney, Ken ’77 and Nancy Hellendall, David ’76 and Sallie Jones, Thomas ’57 and Nancy ’56 Newlin, Alan ’74 and Peg ’74 Scantland, David Stump ’72 and an anonymous donor.
New donor matches were supported by Eric ’96 and Becky ’97 Dimick Eastman, Phil Griffin ’69, Ken ’77 and Nancy Hellendall, Luvisia Molenje ’95, Sharon and Ray ’84 Ontko, and an anonymous donor.
The Class of 2021 match was supported by Larry Martin ’73 and Raquel Bech, Michael ’71 Melampy and Nancy Hikes.
The student match came from Philip Greenwald ’77, Ellie Bewley ’69, and Russell Scott ’71.
Gifts made by current parent were matched by former Earlham parents James and Diane Leloudis and current parents and Eric ’96 and Becky ’97 Dimick Eastman.