Day of Gracious Giving

Kalamazoo College alumni made the Day of Gracious Living a Day of Gracious Giving.

The Day of Gracious Giving is an annual one-day giving challenge that took place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 on Kalamazoo College’s 43rd Day of Gracious Living.

Gifts to the Kalamazoo College Fund provide immediate support for the K student experience. Day of Gracious Giving gifts are directed to these areas: Scholarships, Faculty Excellence and K’s Greatest Needs. Your gift provides students with resources such as scholarships, excellent faculty, lab instruments, art tools and other supplies they need to develop critical thinking skills through a rigorous liberal arts education.

2017 Results – $205,495 raised in one day!

While K students enjoyed a gracious class-free day, alumni around the globe participated in the Day of Gracious Giving. 915 donors from the classes of 1947-2016 contributed $205,495, not including the Challenge matches. Anonymous donors matched gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $150,000. An additional donor gave $10,000 once 750 donors participated. This year’s Day of Gracious Giving was by far the most successful in the College’s history! They brought their best coolers and started the event!

For the third straight year, the class of 1992 raised the most dollars. Also for the third straight year, the class of 1999 had the greatest number of donors. Review additional alumni class outcomes here.

The generosity of so many alumni was truly inspiring. Gifts from alumni are an endorsement of the K education that students will use to positively influence the world. We are so grateful.

Top Alumni Class Donors Top Alumni Class Dollars
Class of 1999 = 53 donors
Class of 1992 = $16,658
Class of 2006 = 35 donors
Class of 1993 = $14,341
Class of 1970 = 31 donors Class of 1994 = $8,952

The Day of Gracious Living is always a surprise. How did alumni hear about it?

Kalamazoo College alumni received email messages on the morning of the Day of Gracious Living. Don’t miss out on the 2018 Day of Gracious giving. Verify whether we have your current email address by contacting

You’re also encourage to like Kalamazoo College on Facebook, where we posted updates on the Day of Gracious Giving throughout the day. Alumni shared why they were grateful for K and tweeted using #KGraciousGiving.

All this Day of Gracious Living talk makes me want to skip work and go to the beach.

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