Laker Effect

Every day at Grand Valley, students are working on their own personal Laker Effects. You are helping them realize their dreams and make a difference in the world. While we can’t possibly share them all, we hope you’ll enjoy these stories of the Laker Effect you are helping to create in West Michigan and beyond.

Your Effect

The following stories are a sampling of how the impact of your gifts have caused our Laker Effect. We hope you’ll enjoy them.

Financial Report

More than 15,200 donors helped the Grand Valley University Foundation raise $13.3 million this year. Those figures include a 22% increase in annual giving, exceeding our goal and bringing in a record number of alumni donors and gifts. The newly formed Alumni Champions led the way for alumni leadership level gifts. There was also a significant increase in new alumni donors which is very exciting for the future of Grand Valley.

Scholarships continue to be a priority for the foundation and for donors. This year 48 new donor-funded scholarships were created — bringing our total to 450 — reaching thousands of students. Gifts to the endowment continued to reach our goals and the endowment fund at the end of the fiscal year increased to over $103 million.

Overall Private Giving

University Development (FRR), which includes outright gifts, pledges, bequests, and gifts in kind to WGVU and to Grand Valley State University.

Gifts and pledges received by Grand Valley State University and the Grand Valley University Foundation totaled $13.3 million this fiscal year.

Endowment Fund Growth

For the full audited financial statement for Grand Valley State University, go to under “Annual Financial Reports.”

Additional information about the Grand Valley University Foundation is available at

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Donor Recognition

We thank you for your help in the growth of the university and for imagining a rewarding future. Without your generosity, Grand Valley would not be the institution it is today.

The inclusion of your name in this report serves as a symbol of your membership in the Grand Valley community. We hope it helps illustrate our gratitude for your support.


To contact University Development or the Grand Valley University Foundation

University Development
Grand Valley State University
L.V. Eberhard Center, 9th floor
301 Fulton St. West
P.O. Box 1945
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501

P (616) 331-6000

F (616) 331-6099