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Why I Give

Working Together to Make a Difference: Henry Williams '70 and Rosemary Wade
Henry Williams '70 and his wife Rosemary Wade have been involved at Kalamazoo College for years. The couple gives regularly because of Henry's great experiences at the College—and to give future students the same opportunities. More

Enriching Future Lives
For Jim and Gwen Fountain, both members of the Class of '68, attending Kalamazoo College "provided a foundation for furthering our educations," Jim says. More

Maximizing Impact: William Weber '39
In 1935 when William Weber '39 came to Kalamazoo College, there were fewer than 400 students.

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Making Bold Choices: Sally (Slater) Baker '87
For Sally (Slater) Baker '87, transferring to Kalamazoo College led her to more opportunities and experiences than she could have anticipated.

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Giving K a Home: Ruth Demme Hayes '37 and Allen Hayes '35
For many years, Ruth Hayes and her late husband, Allen, migrated between their house in Winter Haven, Fla., and their A-frame cabin overlooking Lake Michigan.


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Repaying Your Community: John Curtis Schreur '87 and Carol Schreur
"Even though I'm only in my mid-40s, I really appreciate the importance of being well-prepared by creating a detailed trust and living will spelling out my intentions," says Curt Schreur. "I want to encourage others to be prepared."

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Endowing Your Passion: Cal Johnson '71
Cal Johnson ‘71 wanted to make a creative gift to Kalamazoo College that would benefit not only the academic experience but also the College's bottom line. He worked with the Kalamazoo College Office of Development to connect with the music department and create an endowment that would be effective for the future of the music program. More

K Women and Philanthropy
Continuing a pattern of giving she started with her husband, Marian (Hall) Starbuck '45 contributes to multiple organizations and enjoys being philanthropic. Giving back "makes me feel I'm here for a purpose other than just for me," she says.
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Inheriting a Love for K: A Stetson Society Member's Story
When Elsie Miller first met her late husband Harold, a Kalamazoo College Alumnus of 1928, they often went to see musical performances together in Shelbyville. Though neither of them possessed musical talents of their own, they shared a great love for music.
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Support From Every Angle
When Helen Mickens '76 and her husband, Charles, visit Kalamazoo College, she always enjoys seeing the beautiful campus and improvements over the years—including the Upjohn Library Commons and the Hicks Student Center.

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Planned Gift Beneficiary: Bethany Kiel '11
This summer, Bethany Kiel, Kalamazoo College Class of 2011, worked as an intern for American Village Builders Construction (AVB). Attending K has presented me with opportunities not found at other schools," Beth says. "I'm not sure I would've been able to stay at K without the help of scholarships." As a senior, this is her third year receiving the Venema Family Scholarship.
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Just Add K: Uncomplicating Your Estate Plan Recipe
For Bonnie Swenby '69 and her husband Ralph, it was easy! They became members of the Stetson Society in 2004 and created a legacy to benefit the future of Kalamazoo College. More