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Did you know your IRA, 401(k), 457(b), 403(b) or other account can help tomorrow’s Lakers and give you a place in the GVSU Gillett Society? The Gillett Society, named in honor of Richard M. Gillett, is dedicated to recognizing those who have included Grand Valley in their will or estate plan.

  1. Find out how to change your beneficiary designation by logging into your account online, contacting your employer’s human resources department or contacting your account broker/administrator.
  2. Decide what percentage to direct for loved ones and what to direct for GVSU in the future. Remember even 5% or 10% for GVSU will grow over time and make a BIG difference for tomorrow’s Lakers.
  3. Add GVSU as a beneficiary, just as you would an individual:

    Grand Valley State University
    Tax ID# 38-1684280 (enter under Social Security #)
    1 Campus Drive, Allendale, Michigan 49401
    (616) 331-6000
  4. Finally—and importantly—notify Gina in University Development’s Office of Endowed and Planned Giving. She will record your gift and welcome you into the Gillett Society, where you will set an example for other alumni who aspire to make a difference for future Lakers!

Because every gift should be tailored to your needs, and state laws vary, we recommend that you consult your legal, tax and/or financial advisors before finalizing your plans.