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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Mary Idema Pew Library celebrates 10th anniversary

Created as a prototype for 21st century learning, the space introduced innovative, student-focused designs.

Nov 28, 2023

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$2.2 million in gifts solidify Grand Valley's first fully endowed chair at Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Frey Foundation and generous donor ensure long-term funding for Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy

Nov 22, 2023

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Giving Tuesday will focus on Replenish, helping ensure students have access to food, basic needs

For the second consecutive year, the Grand Valley community will rally around the Replenish Student Food Resource Fund during Giving Tuesday, the national philanthropic day of giving after Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Nov 21, 2023

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