Giving to Reed

Stories of Giving

Donors make a difference. They support the mission of Reed to provide a balanced, comprehensive education in liberal arts and sciences, fulfilling the highest standards of intellectual excellence.

When asked why they give to Reed, donors often cite the following:
  • A belief in Reed College and its mission to provide the best liberal arts education in the country.
  • An understanding that without their financial support, Reed could not provide the same rigorous academics, small classes, and overall excellence that it does today.
  • A wish to support the programs, people, and campus life that give Reed its unique character.

Explore the stories below to learn more about what motivates Reed’s supporters to give and what their gifts support.

Alumni Give “In Honor Of” Reed

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Honor is making a comeback.

Last month, Reed launched the In Honor Of campaign to encourage friends of the college to honor their favorite professor, tradition, or place on campus. In the twilight hours of the campaign, momentum crested and a total of 1,226 donors gave $219,728, exceeding the donor goal that triggered an additional $50,000 match from trustee Linda Matthews ’67.

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Gift helps needy students leap career hurdles

Michael Jacobs photoA financial aid student is taking a full load of courses and working part time at a couple of jobs. She wants to go to law school after graduating from Reed, but her plans hit a snag when she discovers it will cost $170 to take the Law School Admission Test, and another $30 for every school she sends it to. How will she come up with the cash?

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Reed Champions Step Up to the Plate

Reed College pool photoReed alumni, parents, and friends made a series of generous gifts totalling more than $20 million during the fiscal year ending June 30 to meet some of the college’s longstanding—and pressing—needs.

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A Rising Star Puts New Fellowship to Good Work

Ashlee Fox photo

If you ask around campus about rising sophomore Ashlee Fox ’19, it is clear that in a short amount of time she has thoroughly impressed a lot of people. Recently, she was awarded the Evan Rose Fellowship for a 2016 summer research internship to study the efforts of Milwaukie, Oregon, to revitalize its downtown. 

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Annual Fund Raises $4.5M for World Change

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Alumni, parents, and friends of Reed seeded future generations of Reedies when they came together to give a record-breaking $4.545 million in the Annual Fund drive for fiscal year 2016, which ended in June. And no fewer than 4,446 alumni stepped up to make a gift to Reed.

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Reed Announces President’s Summer Fellows

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Reed is proud to announce the latest winners of the President’s Summer Fellowship: seven outstanding projects that combine intellectual pursuit, imagination, adventure, personal transformation, and service to the greater good.

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Reed to Launch Computer Science Program

photo of Reed College professor Jim Fix

Reed’s digital footprint will grow by an order of magnitude next year with the launch of a fully fledged computer science program.

With $5 million in fundraising for endowments nearly complete, the college will hire two new tenure-track professors, offer deeper and more advanced coursework to a wider range of students, and establish a major in computer science.

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