GVSU receives national recognition for excellence in fundraising and support for students
Grand Valley has received a 2020 educational fundraising award from the Council for Advancement and Support Of Education (CASE).
Grand Valley's University Development team received an Educational Fundraising Award for Overall Improvement in the category of Public Comprehensive Institutions with Endowments Over $45 million. Grand Valley is the only university in Michigan to receive the award.
The award was based on the overall breadth and impact of Grand Valley's fundraising efforts for students and growth in support from donors. The university recently concluded a successful Laker Effect campaign, started in July 2012, which raised $130 million.
"We are grateful to all of our supporters for their trust in our vision and their passion for helping our students," said President Philomena V. Mantella. "This award is a reflection of their commitment which truly deserves national recognition."
Grand Valley is receiving the award due to the leadership of the Grand Valley University Foundation and the ongoing support of more than 35,000 donors including community members, alumni, corporations, foundations, faculty, staff, students and their families.
Karen Loth, vice president for University Development, said: "The award is a public recognition of what we have known all along, that we are blessed with a family of donors who truly care about our students and our community. We wouldn’t be where we are as a university without their long-term support and confidence, which is helping students start, stay and succeed."