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.

Donors support students every step of the way in 2023

Nearly 4,000 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends made gifts to the college, helping to fund student-professor mentorship, scholarly resources in the laboratory and the library, advisers in the Center for Life Beyond Reed, and more.

Read Triumph in 2023.

Presidential Fellowship enables student to challenge narrative of a house divided

Anthropology major Emilie Kelly ’25 logged 15,000 miles and 106 games of cornhole on her seven-week journey across 32 states.

Read about her journey.

March 25, 2022 Endowment Donors Provide the Foundation for a Reed Education
December 3, 2021 Merck Foundation Honors Reed Trustee
December 8, 2021 Donors Enable Inspired Teaching
December 17, 2021 Gifts Propel Research at Reed
August 12, 2021 Donors Dig Deeper than Ever Before
April 6, 2021 Happy Birthday ES! Donors propel 10 years of environmental studies success
December 3, 2020 Borders Chair and Student Research Fund Support Physics Department
December 3, 2020 Stepping Up For Social Justice
September 3, 2020 Donors fuel robust experiences for remarkable students
September 17, 2020 Gift from physics major enables Reedies to discover how the Milky Way got its distinctive shape.
March 19, 2020 Reed Emergency Fund donors help students weather the COVID storm
March 11, 2020 Esther Wender research fund helps student understand the underpinnings of addiction
March 9, 2020 Englert and Rumpakis-Dussin Fund Recipients Explore the World of Alexander the Great
March 9, 2020 Donors Create Summer Research Experiences
May 3, 2019 Presidential Fellows Set Off For Adventure
May 27, 2019 Deconstructing Wall Street
February 12, 2019 Geselbracht Honor Goes to Prof. Glasfeld
January 9, 2019 Linehan’s Legacy Lives On
December 6, 2018 Answering the Call
August 7, 2018 Reed Donors Hit $4.9 Million Annual Fund Record
June 15, 2018 Why I Give
July 17, 2018 Reed Welcomes New Executive Director of Development
May 23, 2018 A Word of Thanks
May 25, 2018 Lewis to Chair Fundraising Effort