Day of Gracious Giving

Give to Kalamazoo College

The Day of Gracious Giving is an annual one-day giving challenge in support of K’s Highest Priorities, Financial Aid and Faculty Resources. Gifts to the Kalamazoo College Fund provide students with the resources they need to develop critical thinking skills through a rigorous liberal arts education.

Since 1974, Kalamazoo College students have celebrated the Day of Gracious Living, a surprise reprieve from classes for one day in the month of May to live graciously. This tradition now has an additional meaning for K alumni as a day to give graciously.

2020 Results – $370,800 raised in one day

While K students enjoyed a gracious class-free day on Friday, May 29, 2020, alumni, parents and friends around the globe participated in the Day of Gracious Giving. 1,311 donors gave $370,800, not including the Challenge matches. Anonymous donors matched gifts dollar for dollar up to $250,000. The 2020 Day of Gracious Giving was by far the most successful in the College’s history. Thank you donors!

The generosity of all was truly inspiring and 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 = 91 donors Class of 1992 = $38,410
Class of 1997 = 64 donors Class of 1993 = $21,370
Class of 1970 = 63 donors Class of 1979 = $16,658
Class of 1992 = 53 donors Class of 1970 = $16,560
Class of 1993 = 44 donors Class of 1982 = $15,175

To view additional alumni class donor and dollar totals, please click here.

Distance Learning and the Day of Gracious Giving

As part of the College’s plan to support the safety of our campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic, students transitioned to distance learning. During the spring term, K supported students and faculty by providing enhanced online teaching and course management capabilities, as well as increased virtual access to library resources.

Contributions on the Day of Gracious Giving provide these resources and more to ensure students continue to receive exceptional learning opportunities through the K-Plan. Gifts also provide essential scholarships that support 98 percent of students.

K Spirit Photo Challenge

Many Kalamazoo College alumni and their families also participated in the day by wearing K gear and posting selfies to Facebook using #KGraciousGiving.