Since its founding in 1851, Coe College has enjoyed a dynamic and productive partnership with the greater Cedar Rapids community. Area businesses help fund crucial campus improvements, such as our renovated Kesler Lecture Hall, equipping electronic classrooms, and contributing to our East Campus expansion, which benefits not only Coe students, but local residents alike.
Many local corporations are also strong supporters of Coe's academic, athletic, and cultural programs, as well as our scholarship program that makes it possible for talented students (and future employees) to attend Coe College.
In turn, Coe has helped the Cedar Rapids area become a great place to live and conduct business: educating young professionals, spurring economic activity, promoting community service, and enriching the area's cultural, recreational, and intellectual life.
Coe College is grateful for the support of its many corporate and not-for-profit partners. We strive to provide the best possible education for our students by strengthening our community partnerships and establishing new ones.
Contributions to Coe College are tax-deductible and provide vital support for critical areas of the College's operation, including:
- student financial aid (approximately 96% of Coe students receive financial aid)
- educational programs
- classroom technology
- teaching and learning resources
- faculty development
- student/faculty research opportunities
- program enrichment
- faculty salaries so that we may recruit and retain the best in the field
- student activities
- facility maintenance
Support of these areas is essential for Coe to maintain and expand its current level of academic excellence and service to the community.
Coe College is grateful to these partners whose investment in Coe enriches the educational experience for the 1,300 students on our campus and helps us remain an asset to the community.
Corporate Scholarship Program. With a contribution of $500 or more, Coe will create a one-time scholarship in your company's name. In the fall, the College will notify you of the student who received the scholarship and provide you with an opportunity to meet the student, if you choose. This is an excellent way to personalize your gift to the College and to increase recognition of your company.
Coe enriches the community by:
Providing a well-educated work force
Coe's 15,000 living alumni reside in all 50 states and many foreign countries. More than 4,000 Coe alumni live in Eastern Iowa. Many establish careers in the area after graduation in medicine, law, business, industry, government, education, and the arts and sciences.
Serving the Cedar Rapids community
- Coe is engaged in partnerships with several community schools, including neighboring Polk Elementary School.
- With an annual budget of approximately $40 million, Coe generates an estimated economic impact of $100 million each year in the community.
- Coe has more than 350 employees who live in the Cedar Rapids area.
- Coe annual brings more than 12,000 out-of-town visitors to Cedar Rapids, with an estimated impact to the community exceeding $1 million.
- In the last decade, Coe has spent more than $15 million on several major building projects and improvements.
The Coe Plan requires each student to complete an internship, practicum or research before graduation. As a result, Coe students complete hundreds of full-time and part-time internships in Cedar Rapids area organizations. This helps area employers achieve their goals and allowing Coe students to apply their liberal arts educations in real-world settings and increase their employability skills.
Enhancing cultural and recreational life
Coe's Marquis Lecture & Performance Series, the Thursday Forum Lecture Series, the Contemporary Issues Forum, and a host of music and theater events – all widely attended by local community members and available at little or no cost – bring an exciting roster of top-notch speakers and performers to our city.
In addition, the community regularly enjoys campus facilities, ranging from college meeting rooms to the Clark Racquet Center and Field, used by local organizations for events like the Special Olympics.
Please join us in our mission.
Significant donor recognition opportunities are available for each of the above projects. For more details, please contact:
Sr. Development Officer
800-332-8404 ext. 8612
Kelly Allen, CFRE
Director of the Heritage Club
800-332-8404 ext. 8592