Faculty & Staff Campaign FAQs

General FAQ:

As a participation-based campaign, we look at number of participants as our goal, not total dollars. Whet­her you’re donating $5 or $500, each gift is equally valued as together we create a culture of support for our Lakers from start to finish. Faculty and Staff participation – at any level – inspires larger gifts from other external individual and community donors, who see it as an indicator of a vibrant, healthy campus community.

While faculty and staff members have always given to the university, in 1983 GVSU staff member Mary Seeger initiated the first formal employee annual giving campaign. She served in a campaign leadership role and, in her retirement, Seeger continued her dedication to faculty, staff and retiree giving as an integral member of the Advisory Cabinet for the Faculty and Staff Annual Giving Campaign.

An average of 50% of Grand Valley faculty and staff support students with an annual gift to the university. Together, we support the Laker experience through giving to scholarships, student activities, academic resources, and so much more.

Currently, gifts made to endowed funds by full-time faculty or staff members qualify for a match. Qualifying gifts are automatically matched at the end of the fiscal year and transferred into the endowed fund by the university.

Any gift made during the Fiscal Year, July 1 through June 30, will count towards our annual participation goal. This year’s campaign will run from March 1 through April 8. 


Volunteer FAQ:

Volunteers encourage their colleagues to participate in the campaign by supporting university scholarships, programs, or capital projects. 

Gift processing may take a few days to process the gift, but you are always welcome to reach out to Tarcisio Caldas or Derek Johnson to verify. You can also direct them to the ‘View Personal Giving History’ link on our website.

If you have any questions about the campaign please contact Shannon Dale at [email protected] or Derek Johnson at [email protected].




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