Your gifts make our work possible.

The Liberal Arts in Prison Program is funded almost 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, passed away this winter. 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 LAPP is extraordinarily inexpensive for a program with such great impact.

Over the last three years, working with an annual operating budget of $40,000, the program offered 15 accredited Grinnell College courses for a total of 41 credits at the Newton Correctional Facility, as well as 40 lectures by college faculty. More than 223 Grinnell students--nearly one in ten students of all students on campus--traveled to Iowa prisons and the Iowa Juvenile Home each semester to teach and tutor 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)