Donors like you are making it possible for students to prepare for what's next in a changing world, and for Grand Valley to continue to provide the talent our region and our state need for the future.

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Support the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute

AWRI was created 35 years ago and was the first freshwater research, outreach, and educational organization working in West Michigan, for West Michigan. Its work is firmly focused on the future, at the intersection of our region's economic and environmental vitality. Your support will expand this important work.

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Why I Give

The Value of a Strong Relationship

A native of Detroit, Kala Gibson '94 saw first hand how the relationships between businesses and banks can make or break a community. That awareness led him to become a better banker and dedicate his career to ensuring everyone can access and attain business capital and home ownership. The relationships fostered at GVSU, both big and small, have helped him succeed. The value Gibson places in community has kept him engaged with Grand Valley long after graduation as a donor and now as one of the newest directors of the Grand Valley University Foundation. 

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“Relationships like the ones I have with Grand Valley shouldn't be short-lived. I owe it to this community to continue to give and respond, to mentor and be an example, and to continue to learn myself.”

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Every Student has a Story

Your gifts directly impact the lives of students. Because of your support, Grand Valley is a place where students can push themselves in their programs,  make valuable connections, and even explore education opportunities around the world. Every student has a story, and you are empowering them to be the best that they can be. 

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News Highlights

bookmarks on a black table cloth say GVSU Thompson Scholars

Philanthropic Detroit couple opens doors to education for 400 new students

Nearly 400 new students have enrolled at Grand Valley this year largely because of the generosity of a Detroit couple who have expanded access to education for students from working-class families.

Sep 22, 2023

Connor Pung holds a gift basket being presented to him during his move-in.

Make-A-Wish and Grand Valley cover tuition for new Laker & cancer survivor

Grand Valley and the Make-A-Wish Foundation each offered $6500 in tuition assistance to Connor Pung, covering the costs of his first semester.

Sep 8, 2023

From left are Tricia Thomas, KCON dean and professor; Ben Weissenborn; and Janet Winter, KCON associate dean for undergraduate programs, at the college's recognition ceremony held August 5 on the Health Campus.

From journalism to nursing: Pine Rest partnership produces first graduate

Most people may not see an immediate connection between nursing and journalism. Ben Weissenborn said his degree in the latter has helped propel his new career as a psychiatric nurse.

Aug 17, 2023

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