Faculty & Staff Campaign FAQ

The Faculty & Staff Campaign operates on the Grand Valley fiscal year, July 1 through June 30. All new gifts and pledges during this time period count for the annual campaign.

Each year in early February we kick off the volunteer portion of the campaign. Volunteers encourage their colleagues to participate in the campaign by supporting university scholarships, programs, or capital projects . Volunteers will receive a weekly report which helps track the progress of their group.


  • Sustainer, or continuous, payroll deduction pledges are created as ongoing deductions. The deductions last for as long as the faculty or staff member is employed at the university, or until University Development is notified to end the deduction. Sustainer donors are always counted as current donors for the annual Faculty & Staff Campaign.
  • Regular Payroll Deduction pledges are made annually for a number of pay periods chosen by the donor (between 1 and 24 pay periods).


These are funds from gifts to the university that are to be invested, with only the income earned from the funds going to support the purpose which they were given. Learn more about endowed funds.

The university has an investment committee made up of administrators, board members, and financial representatives who set the policy, the direction, and the investment parameters for the endowed funds.

Gifts that are given by a non-retired faculty or staff member, including adjunct employees, or their spouse to an endowed fund at Grand Valley State University qualify for the match. This may be a cash gift, payroll deduction, or a transfer of another asset.

Qualifying gifts made during a calendar year are matched at the end of the calendar year and are transferred into the endowed fund by the university.

The funds to cover the match come from unrestricted endowed funds and earnings from unrestricted endowed funds already at the university. The university is matching your gift to a restricted endowment of your choosing, with unrestricted endowment funds.

By this program, the university is enabling its stakeholders, Grand Valley faculty and staff and their families, to direct where the university funds should be allocated and encouraging a culture of philanthropy.

No, it must be a fund that will directly support and fund a program, project, department, scholarship, or fellowship at Grand Valley State University.

Yes! Some departments have gone in together to create scholarships and endowed project funds. Their total contributions are matched.

Yes, you can! In fact, many of the faculty and staff scholarships have been created through multiple year gifts.

There is not a minimum amount you can give to an existing fund. All gifts will count. There is, however, a maximum gift of $25,000 a year without a prior approval.

We have to make sure we have funds available to cover all the matches.

This program allows you to make a permanent impact on an area that is special to you, and the university will match your gift, dollar for dollar.

Yes, you certainly receive credit for any gift you have made to the fund, and for recognition purposes, the value of the match amount is also added to your yearly and lifetime donor record.

For more information on initiating a scholarship or making a planned gift, or for questions about the faculty and staff campaign, please contact Carolyn Clayton at (616) 331-6605 or claytonc@gvsu.edu.

Page last modified March 8, 2018