Frequently Asked Questions
What is Scarlet & Give Back Day?
To celebrate Grinnell through philanthropy, Scarlet & Give Back Day was introduced in calendar year 2015 as a 24 hour giving day. This year the event will run for 36 hours from 5 a.m. CT on Wednesday, April 14 through 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, April 15. Since its inception, Scarlet & Give Back Day has inspired more than 11,000 donors to support the Grinnell College community with gifts totaling nearly $3.5 million. With your help, we will make this year’s Scarlet & Give Back Day another resounding success!
Why should I participate?
Scarlet & Give Back Day is an opportunity to build community and create unity amongst alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends. Gifts – of all sizes – provide much-needed support for the individualized programs and outstanding academic opportunities provided to students every day. This year, your gift will go even further because an anonymous alumni couple has pledged a $1 for $1 match for every gift up to a total match of $400,000.
When should I give?
Gifts given from 5 a.m. CT on Wednesday, April 14 through 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, April 15 will count toward Scarlet & Give Back Day. Only gifts processed within this timeframe or other specifically designated advanced gifts will count toward the challenge. Because of the nature of this event, pledges will not qualify for the matching gift.
Can I direct my gift to an area important to me? Will it count towards the matching gift?
If you do not see the fund you wish to support on our main Scarlet & Give Back Day page, please click here. On this form you will have the opportunity to indicate the fund you wish to direct your gift to. Gifts to any area of the College will be matched. Note: The donors will direct an equal amount towards the fund of their choosing.
Can I make my gift in honor or memory of someone?
Yes. Please call the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 866-850-1846.
How can I help spread the word about Scarlet & Give Back Day?
We’d love to have your assistance spreading the word about this year’s Scarlet & Give Back Day. Please visit our Social Media Toolkit page for images and messages to post on your personal social media pages.
How will my gift appear on my credit card?
The transaction will appear as JUSTGIVING.COM 4159825788 CA.
I still have questions. How can I get in touch?
For additional questions, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 866-850-1846. Staff will be available April 14 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT and April 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT.