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Earlham College shatters single-day fundraising record with $1M in gifts from 3,299 donors

May 21, 2020

Nearly 3,300 Earlhamites from across the globe turned out in force to raise a record $1 million on Wednesday, May 20, during Earlham College’s annual celebration of community and philanthropy. The Earlham Day event was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All gifts made during Earlham Day, no matter the amount, were matched by $200 from a group of generous alumni.

“This has been a rough year for our country, and it has taken its toll on Earlham, too. But brilliant rays of light — and hope — shined brightly on Earlham Day,” Earlham President Anne Houtman said. “Even though we had to make this a virtual event, a record number of donors from around the world stepped up to help us ensure that generations of students to come will be able to enjoy the special experience that is Earlham.”

This year’s festivities included a series of virtual “Earlham Talks” throughout the day with alumni, faculty and staff sharing topics and areas of study related to their careers or personal passions. A first-ever virtual alumni concert was broadcast on the College’s Facebook page, and featured alumni musicians from five different decades.

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  • Did you miss any of the virtual festivities? See the archive of “Earlham Talks.”

“We deeply appreciate the alumni who once again stepped forward with matching gifts to help us address our most critical needs and support future generations of Earlhamites,” said Kim Tanner, interim vice president of institutional advancement. “And we extend a heartfelt thank-you to our 3,299 Earlham Day donors. Even during a global pandemic, this event reminds us of our capacity to come together for a greater purpose and provide transformational opportunities for students that last a lifetime.”

All gifts made during Earlham Day support scholarships and other critical needs of the College, including faculty-student research, off-campus study, sustainability initiatives, and campus maintenance.

Matching gifts were pledged by Polly Dawkins and Nico Brooks, David and Sallie Jones, Judy Kessinger, Stephen and Beth Ronald, Alan and Peg Scantland, Georges and Shorty Birenbaum, Philip Greenwald, Russell Scott, and David Stump. An anonymous donor also supported the record-breaking campaign.

This year’s Earlham Day was delayed and ultimately held online as the College continues to monitor the coronavirus pandemic and observe recommended health protocols. Earlham remains closed for all College-sponsored programs and travel, but will resume staffing over the summer and welcome students back to campus in the fall.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a College That Changes Lives. We aspire to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. We expect our students to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success.

Princeton Review ranks Earlham in the Top 20 nationally for Best Classroom Experience, and U.S. News & World Report recognizes the College as one of 55 institutions taking pioneering approaches to serving students, and ranks EC 7th for the percentage of international students on campus, 25th for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” and 34th for “Best Value.”

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.


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