Making a Gift

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. 


HOW TO GIVE

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

Make a Gift

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

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 Funds

A donor advised fund (DAF) is a type of giving program administered by a third party that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support your favorite charities. It is created for the purpose of managing charitable donations on behalf of an organization, family or individual. An increasingly popular charitable vehicle, DAFs are an excellent way to both simplify your charitable giving and facilitate your strategic philanthropic goals. DAFs allow donors to give cash, stock and other assets where the donor receives an immediate tax deduction when the contribution is made, but can grant specified amounts to the charities of their choice at a later time.

How It Works

  1. Establish your DAF by making an irrevocable, tax-deductible donation to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program
  2. Advise the investment allocation of the donated assets (any investment growth is tax-free)
  3. Recommend grants to qualified public charities of your choice

Main Advantages of Donor-Advised Funds

Donor-advised funds provide a number of benefits that direct donations to a charity may not, including:

  • Simplicity – The DAF sponsor handles all record-keeping, disbursements, and tax receipts Flexibility – Timing of your tax deduction can be separate from your charitable decision making
  • Tax-efficiency– Contributions are tax-deductible and any investment growth in the DAF is tax-free. It is also easy to donate long term appreciated securities, eliminating capital gains taxes and allowing you to support multiple charities from one block of stock
  • Family legacy – A DAF is a powerful way to build or continue a tradition of family philanthropy
  • No start-up costs – There is no cost to establish a donor advised fund. However, there are often minimum initial charitable contributions to establish the DAF (typically $5,000 or more)**
  • No transaction fees – Once approved, 100% of your recommended grant goes to your qualified public charity of choice**
  • Privacy if desired – Donors may choose to remain anonymous to the grant recipient

** Sponsoring organizations generally assess an administrative fee on the assets in a DAF. These fees vary by sponsoring organization.


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 non-for-profit 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.