Your gifts make our work possible.

Except for staff salaries, the Liberal Arts in Prison Program is funded entirely by private donations and grants. Your gift provides liberal arts education to incarcerated students and fosters Grinnell's commitment to social justice. All donations are tax-deductable.

Gifts in Memory of Professor Howard Burkle

Howard Burkle, the first professor to teach in the Liberal Arts in Prison Program recently passed away. In honor of his critical role in beginning the program, his family has asked that donations in his memory are directed to LAPP. If you would like to make a gift in Professor Burkle's memory, follow the instructions below and indicate that your gift is in memory of Howard Burkle.

How to Contribute

To contribute, visit Grinnell's donation page, and write "Liberal Arts in Prison Program" in the "other" field at the bottom of the page. You can also send a check payable to "Grinnell Liberal Arts in Prison Program," to the Liberal Arts in Prison Program, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, 50112. All of your donation will go to supporting the prison program. 

The Liberal arts in prison program is extraordinarily inexpensive

Working with an annual operating budget of $60,000, the program offers 10 college courses to around 15 incarcerated students prison every year. We also host an expansive student volunteer program that engages around 50 on-campus students on a weekly basis. 

Our program operates very economically:

  • $20 covers supplies for an incarcerated student's 4-credit course 
  • $200 covers travel for a car-full of Grinnell students to volunteer as tutors on a weekly basis for a semester 
  • $300 covers an incarcerated student's materials for a full year of coursework 
  • $1000 covers an incarcerated student's enrollment in one semester of the First Year of College Program 
  • $6000 covers the full assigned cost of a 4-credit Grinnell College course in prison (for 15 incarcerated students)