How to Give

Your gift to Grand Valley State University is an investment in our students, West Michigan, and our state that provides a significant and measurable return.

We are proud to be one of the nation's top regional universities, and even prouder of our graduates, who are making an impact in our region, our state, and beyond. 


You can quickly and easily enter your information to make a gift right now!

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By Phone

Call (616) 331-6000 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

By Mail

Download and print one of our Gift Reply forms, and mail with your check to:

     University Development
     Grand Valley State University
     LV Eberhard Center 9th Floor
     301 Fulton St W
     PO Box 2005
     Grand Rapids, MI  49501-2005

Gift Reply Form 

In addition to one-time gifts of cash, check or credit, Grand Valley accepts pledges and recurring credit card gifts over time. Grand Valley employees can also make recurring gifts through payroll deduction. These types of gifts can be set up online or by calling (616) 331-6000. 

Many employers match gifts to Grand Valley. Search our database to find out if your employer can increase the impact of your gift.

Employer Match Database

Give from Your Donor Advised and Directed Funds

A donor advised (DAF) or directed fund (DDF) is a type of giving program that allows you to combine favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support your favorite charities.

Donor Advised Funds (DAF) 

Donor Advised Funds (DAF) are funds gifted to the university or other institutions at the direction and time frame of the donor. An outside DAF provider is selected by the donor.  Learn more.

Donor Directed Funds (DDF)

Donor Directed Funds (DDF) are bundled funds which are gifted to the university directly from the donor, and directed to specific funds at the university at the direction and time frame designated by the donor. Learn more.

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  • To be informed of the organizations mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources and of its capacities to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organizations governing board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • To have access to the organizations most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  • To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by the law.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.

Page last modified June 8, 2022