Day of Gracious Giving

The Day of Gracious Giving is an annual one-day giving challenge in support of student scholarships, faculty resources and the K experience. 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.”

Goal: $250,000 and 1,000 donors

As part of the College’s plan to support the safety of our campus community, students are currently adapting to the transition to distance learning. During the spring term, K is supporting students and faculty by providing enhanced online teaching and course management capabilities, as well as increased virtual access to library resources.

Your contribution on the Day of Gracious Giving will 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.

All gifts on the Day will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous group of alumni until the goal of $250,000 is reached.

The Day is always a surprise. How will I hear about it?

The announcement will be made via email and on the Kalamazoo College Facebook and Twitter pages as soon as the Day if Gracious Living is announced for students. Alumni Advocates will also be connecting with their classmates throughout the day. Don’t miss the announcement. Verify your current email address by contacting us at

K Spirit Photo Challenge!K Gracious Giving

When the Day of Gracious Giving is announced please spread the spirit and resilience of the K community by wearing your K gear and posting a selfie to Facebook using #KGraciousGiving.

Please include a short message about why you are inspired to give. To qualify please share your photo and message with #KGraciousGiving between midnight and 11:59 p.m. on the day. Photos will be chosen and shared on the K Facebook page.

2019 Day of Gracious Giving Results

While K students enjoyed a gracious class-free day on Friday, May 24, 2019, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends around the globe participated in the Day of Gracious Giving. 1,101 donors gave $280,627, not including the matching pool of gifts. Anonymous donors matched gifts dollar for dollar up to $230,000. Donors were invited to honor K faculty, staff and/or students. The generosity of donors is truly inspiring and we are so grateful.

Contributions make it possible for Kalamazoo College to attract, retain and support talented students regardless of economic need.