The Brighter Light Campaign


For 190 years, Kalamazoo College has graduated generations of enlightened leaders who have made an impact on the world. Today, the College is proud to recognize a major contribution to that effort with the announcement of a $30 million gift from an anonymous donor—the largest single gift commitment in the College’s history. In conjunction with the gift announcement, the College is pleased to announce that it will celebrate its 190th year by expanding the goal of the College’s Brighter Light Campaign from $150 million to raise at least $190 million by September 2024, when the campaign concludes.

“This comprehensive effort will create access and opportunity for our students and transform our campus to support 21st century scholarship and leadership.”

President Jorge G. Gonzalez

Campaign Priorities

With your endowed and annual support, we can strengthen the impact of a K education


  • Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • K-Plan: Study Abroad, Student Research, Career Development


  • Faculty and Staff Recruitment and Retention
  • Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Research


  • Athletics
  • Campus Improvements

Campaign Progress

$187M Raised

Thank you for your generous support!



Given to

Impact Stories

Kalamazoo College has been the light leading the way for inspired thinkers and determined leaders for nearly 200 years. Now is the time for those who have benefited from the excellence of a K education–and those who have witnessed its impact in the community and around the world–to sustain and enhance our endeavor to bring a brighter light to the world.

Brighter Opportunities

Thanks to a generous $5 million gift from alumni Robert Kopecky ‘72, more students will be able to afford to come to K and take advantage of the College’s immersive study abroad programs. The gift will establish an endowed scholarship fund and an endowed study abroad fund, as well as support other study abroad initiatives, current-use scholarships and the Kalamazoo College Fund.

Brighter Minds

A generous $5.25 million gift from alumnus Larry Bell ‘80 is funding a distinguished chair in American history, the Center for Environmental Stewardship, and food justice and sustainability programming. These endowments will actively enrich students’ learning on campus with new classroom and experiential education opportunities, while also supporting faculty teaching and scholarship.

Brighter Experiences

A new fellowship, funded by alumnus Robert Sherbin ’79, is enabling Elle Waldron ’23 to continue her women, gender and sexuality (WGS) research overseas for 10 months. She will kick off her post-grad career by traveling to Australia, South Africa, Costa Rica and Spain to visit various feminist and gender-equity organizations to find meaningful ways to apply her WGS studies professionally.

Be the Light

Join the Kalamazoo College alumni and friends who have ignited this campaign. Learn more about ways to give, join us at an event and share news about the campaign. Together, we can shine an ever-brighter light into the world, starting here, on our fair Arcadian hill.

Be the light. Lux esto.

Quad and Student Center


The Brighter Light Campaign. Kalamazoo College