Donors like you are making it possible for students to prepare for what's next in a changing world, and for Grand Valley to continue to provide the talent our region and our state need for the future.

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Support the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute

AWRI was created 35 years ago and was the first freshwater research, outreach, and educational organization working in West Michigan, for West Michigan. Its work is firmly focused on the future, at the intersection of our region's economic and environmental vitality. Your support will expand this important work.

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Mary Anne Cartwright

Why I Give

The Value of a Strong Relationship

A native of Detroit, Kala Gibson '94 saw first hand how the relationships between businesses and banks can make or break a community. That awareness led him to become a better banker and dedicate his career to ensuring everyone can access and attain business capital and home ownership. The relationships fostered at GVSU, both big and small, have helped him succeed. The value Gibson places in community has kept him engaged with Grand Valley long after graduation as a donor and now as one of the newest directors of the Grand Valley University Foundation. 

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“Relationships like the ones I have with Grand Valley shouldn't be short-lived. I owe it to this community to continue to give and respond, to mentor and be an example, and to continue to learn myself.”

Kala Gibson
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Every Student has a Story

Your gifts directly impact the lives of students. Because of your support, Grand Valley is a place where students can push themselves in their programs,  make valuable connections, and even explore education opportunities around the world. Every student has a story, and you are empowering them to be the best that they can be. 

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News Highlights

William Pickard at left seated in chair, rows of students listening in the Multicultural Affairs office

GVSU community remembers life of Bill Pickard, former board of trustee member

Detroit business mogul and GVSU supporter William Pickard died June 12 at age 83.

Jun 14, 2024

three people standing near hall of fame wall in the Fieldhouse

Harris and Verplank families honored by Grand Valley University Foundation

Each family received the Enrichment Award, an honor that recognizes significant contributions to Grand Valley through philanthropy and community service.

Jun 5, 2024

Earl and Donnalee Holton at a black tie event

Grand Valley remembers the life of Earl Holton

The former president of Meijer Inc., Earl Holton, and his wife, Donnalee, have been supporters of Grand Valley for over 40 years.

May 14, 2024

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