The Harkin Institute

The Harkin Institute was founded on the premise that good public policy is 

best achieved when policymakers have access to high-quality information, political  processes are open and well-understood, and citizens are informed and active participants. We stand by our five values: inclusion, education, respect, accessibility, and opportunity, which we strive to incorporate in our everyday operations. 

Your gift will support non-partisan research, learning, and outreach around the topics that defined Senator Tom Harkin’s career:  labor and employment, people with disabilities, retirement security, and wellness and nutrition.  

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All In This Together Challenge
During All In, ALL gifts go further! For every 100 gifts, Alumni Doug Zinser, AS’96, Peggy Fisher, FA’70, and Larry Stelter, and Cindy, LA’70, and Dennis Lesher will donate $10,000, up to $70,000.
100 Gift Goal
Who is Going ALL IN?
The entire Drake community of alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends coming together. Let's see who's going All In.
All In By Decade
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Above & Beyond Challenge
Go the extra mile for Drake! If 50 donors who have already made gifts to the University this fiscal year (7/1/19 – 6/30/2020) make an additional gift during All In, an additional $10,000 will be unlocked.
50 Gift Goal
First Time Gift Challenge
If 50 donors make their first ever gift to Drake during All In 2020, $5,000 contributed by a generous alum will be unlocked for the University.
50 Gift Goal
The Harkin Institute 30 Years 30 Donors Challenge
Jim and Karleen Waters have offered a $5,000 challenge fund for the Harkin Institute that will be unlocked when 30 donors (in honor of the 30th anniversary of the ADA) make a gift during All In! Make a gift today and support the important work of the Harkin Institute, a catalyst for dynamic non-partisan research, learning, and outreach to promote understanding of the policy issues to which Senator Tom Harkin devoted his career.
30 Gift Goal
The Harkin Institute 40 Years 40 Donors
If we unlock an additional 10 donors for a total of 40 (in honor of Senator Harkin’s 40 years in Congress), an additional $2,500 will be unlocked from Peg Armstrong-Gustafson, GR’90 and Gregory, GR’90 Gustafson. A total of $7,500 for the critical work of the Harkin Institute!
40 Gift Goal
Caldbeck Challenge
All gifts made during All In campaign by current Drake students will be matched by The Caldbeck Challenge, up to $1,400! The Diane K. Caldbeck Student Philanthropy Challenge was funded through the generosity of Kelly Caldbeck, PH’01, Peter Caldbeck, JO’03, and Megan Caldbeck, JO’05 in honor of their mother, longtime Drake employee and alumna Diane Anagnos Caldbeck, ED’72. The endowment serves as an annual incentive to students at Drake as they work to inspire their peers to develop a culture of philanthropy.
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