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Veteran-Inclusive Campus Community

By supporting the Military and Veterans Resource Center, your gifts will help Grand Valley take our standing as one of the top veteran-friendly universities and expand it to be the top veteran-inclusive community. Our veterans deserve the best we can offer and thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we can take our excellence in this area to a new level. 

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The Carlsons

Why I Give

Defining Lakers for a Lifetime

Few families define what it means to be Lakers for a Lifetime as much as the Carlsons. For nearly 40 years Betsy and Steve Carlson ’78 have been giving to Grand Valley, ranking them among the university’s most loyal donors and members of the highly valued Lubbers Society. What began right after graduation as a way to invest in keeping Grand Valley’s educational experience excellent and attractive to future students and their employers, has expanded to giving to causes the couple is passionate about throughout the university.

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“We hope any students we support will keep their connections with Grand Valley after graduation.”

Betsy and Steve Carlson '78
Amber Mcintosh

Your Impact

A Positive Impact During Unpredictable Times

Amber McIntosh, ’21, remembers that day in March vividly. She was sitting in a classroom at Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center for a meeting. While she was listening to the speaker, fear and anxiety crept in. Amber began to wonder what would happen next, as she thought to herself, “Am I going to have to leave Grand Valley?"


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News Highlights

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GVSU mourns the death of former GVU Foundation president

John Edison, former president of the Grand Valley University Foundation, died September 30.

Oct 1, 2021

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Gift from longtime supporters expands work of civil discourse program into center

A gift from two longtime Grand Valley supporters has created the Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse and ensured students will continue learning how to engage in civil discussions on controversial issues.

Aug 12, 2021

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GVSU names new vice president for University Development

Laura Aikens has been named Grand Valley's vice president for University Development and executive director of the Grand Valley University Foundation.

Aug 9, 2021

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