2024 GVSU Day of Giving

1,293
Donors
209% of 616 Donor goal
$233,732
Donated
This campaign ended on March 21, 2024, but you can still make a gift to Grand Valley State University by clicking here!
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An Anonymous DonorGVSU Women's Commission matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for Positive Black Women Scholarship Endowment

An Anonymous DonorDave Huizen matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for Dr. Eric L. Van Fleet Occupational Safety and Health Endowed Scholarship

An Anonymous DonorPaul Plotkowski matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for Engineering Formula SAE Gift Fund

An Anonymous DonorPaul Plotkowski matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for Occupational Safety and Health Management Scholarship

An Anonymous DonorJerry Baltes matched $5 for each donor, donating a total of $500Just for Cross Country/Track Special Projects

An Anonymous DonorJerry Baltes matched $5 for each donor, donating a total of $500Just for Mike Lints Track & Field Equipment Endowment

An Anonymous DonorPaul Plotkowski matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for Computing & Information Systems Scholarship Fund

An Anonymous DonorAmy M Manderscheid matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000Just for Kirkhof College of Nursing Endowment

An Anonymous DonorMegan Rydecki & Noel Rydecki matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000Just for Cook Leadership Fellows of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies Endowment

An Anonymous DonorAnnie Bélanger matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000Just for University Library Endowment

An Anonymous DonorLaura Aikens matched $2 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000Just for Pioneer Class of 1967 Endowed Scholarship

An Anonymous DonorJesse M Bernal matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000Just for Monarch Scholarship

An Anonymous DonorKara H. Van Dam & Rob Aaron matched $5 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,500Just for Military & Veterans Resource Center

An Anonymous DonorDarrell Niedzwiecki & Sharon Niedzwiecki matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $2,500Just for Football Special Projects

An Anonymous DonorFatma Mili matched $2 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $3,000

An Anonymous DonorLen Van Popering matched $2 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $5,000Just for Dean of Students Emergency Fund
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Mitch Miller photoMitch Miller & Sarah gave $100 because $100 was given by donors

An Anonymous DonorNicholas Baine & Elaine Baine gave $100 because 10 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorKristine (Kading) Schwab gave $250 because 10 donors gaveJust for Golf Women Special Projects

An Anonymous DonorGareth Lappin gave $250 because 25 donors gaveJust for Golf Men Special Projects

An Anonymous DonorMike Williams gave $300 because 10 donors gaveJust for Basketball Women Special Projects

An Anonymous DonorDoug Lipinski gave $500 because 10 donors gaveJust for Baseball Special Projects

An Anonymous DonorMichael Davis gave $500 because 15 donors gaveJust for Basketball Men Special Projects

An Anonymous DonorScott Wooster gave $500 because $1,000 was given by donorsJust for Football Special Projects

An Anonymous DonorKyle Clark & Katy Clark gave $1,000 because 15 donors gaveJust for Swimming/Diving Special Projects

An Anonymous DonorPhilomena V. Mantella gave $1,000 because 100 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorAaron Lowen gave $1,000 because 10 donors gaveJust for Seidman College of Business

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor gave $1,000 because 20 donors gaveJust for Soccer Special Projects

An Anonymous DonorPhilomena V. Mantella gave $1,000 because 1000 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorAaron Lowen gave $1,000 because 20 donors gaveJust for Seidman College of Business

An Anonymous DonorAaron Lowen gave $1,000 because 30 donors gaveJust for Seidman College of Business

An Anonymous DonorTamika A. Frimpong gave $1,913 because 22 donors gaveJust for GVUF: The Legendary Lambda Pi Legacy Endowed Scholarship

An Anonymous DonorKatie Hultin gave $3,000 because 50 donors gaveJust for Soccer Special Projects

An Anonymous DonorKretchman Family Fund gave $5,000 because 10 donors gaveJust for Softball Special Projects

An Anonymous DonorCLAS Advisory Board + Dean's Office gave $5,100 because 15 donors gaveJust for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Experiential Learning Endowment

An Anonymous DonorGrand Valley University Foundation Directors gave $30,500 because 616 donors gave
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Donate $67
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In celebration of Grand Valley’s first graduating class in 1967, if you make a gift of $67 or more, you can receive a pair of exclusive Grand Valley socks that are only available for Day of Giving. There are limited pairs available, so make your gift soon before they are gone!
About

GVSU’s inaugural Day of Giving was a great success!

The GVSU Community showed up in a big way on Day of Giving, and we can't thank you enough for being part of it.

Your impact is real and far-reaching. Because Lakers worked together, students will have access to all the resources they need to be successful.

Even though the campaign has ended, you can make a gift here: https://www.gvsu.edu/giving/give-now-752.htm

Updates
Club Sports Challenge Winners 🌟


Congratulations to our Club Sports winners! Thanks to the generous support of Dottie Johnson, these teams won additional dollars. 

📢 Top Advocate - Donors 

The advocate who brings in the most donors to a Club Sports team gets to choose the team that receives an extra $500.

Winner: Rowing Club

📣 Top Advocate – Dollars 

The advocate who raises the most dollars for a Club Sports team gets to choose the team that receives an extra $500. 

Winner: Rowing Club

🏁 Race to 25 Donors 

The first team to hit 25 donors to their Team fund will earn $500.

Winner: Water Ski Club

🏎️ Race to 50 Donors 

The first team to hit 50 donors to their Team fund will earn $500. 

Winner: Rowing Club

🏅 Alumni Challenge! 

The team with the most overall alumni donors at the end of the campaign will earn $500. 

Winner: Women's Volleyball Club

⏰ Phew, That Was Close!

The team to get the last gift before the campaign closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 21 will earn $500.

Winner: Rowing Club

18 days ago by Katrina Begrow
Athletics Challenge Winners 🌟


Congratulations to our Athletics Challenge winners!

🏆 Alumni Challenge!

  • The athletic team with the most overall alumni donors will get an $1,000 gift from Kim Schmidt.

Winner: Cross Country/Track


💪 Rewarding Hard Work

  • The team with the most overall donors will get an additional $2,500 from GVSU Athletics at the end of the campaign.

Winner: Cross Country/Track

  • The team with the most overall dollars raised will get an additional $2,500 from GVSU Athletics at the end of the campaign.

Winner: Soccer Team

18 days ago by Katrina Begrow
Wow - thank you, Lakers! 💙


You showed up in a BIG way for our first-ever Day of Giving - thank you! 💙 Your generosity showed our students that the entire Laker community is behind them and that when Lakers Give Back, big things happen. 

We can't wait to share the final results with you soon including the Athletics and Club Sports Team challenge winners. Our student-athletes worked hard to fundraise for their teams and there was some fierce competition. Stay tuned for the results! 

Thanks for your continued support of our GVSU students!

21 days ago by Shannon Dale
Day of Giving Event a HUGE SUCCESS!

We had a blast celebrating Day of Giving with students, faculty, staff, and even Louie the Laker! Everyone was so excited to celebrate Grand Valley and our collective achievements. 

21 days ago by Katrina Begrow
💙 1,000 Lakers strong! 💙

Day of Giving has officially surpassed 1,000 donors! Seeing the entire Laker community rally together to support our Grand Valley students is incredibly inspiring. We are so grateful for our generous Lakers!

The best part? We are still going! We still have some great challenges and matches left on the page to double your impact. Plus, GVSU socks are still available to anyone who gives $67 or more before midnight tonight!

22 days ago by Shannon Dale
Over $150,000 raised for Lakers!

We're just over halfway through Day of Giving and have raised over $150,000! Hooray!

22 days ago by Anna Davis
More Challenges and Matches Completed! 🥳

The Laker community is SHOWING UP for Day of Giving! Even more challenges and matches have been completed this morning, including:

  • Paul Plotkowski gave $500 to the Engineering Formula SAE Gift fund because $500 was donated to that fund.
  • Len Van Popering gave $5,000 to the Dean of Students Emergency fund after $2,500 was gifted by donors.
  • Mike Williams gave $300 to the Basketball Women Special Projects fund after 10 donors gave.
  • Doug Lipinski gave $500 to the Baseball Special Projects fund because 10 donors gave.
  • Darrell and Sharon Niedzwiecki gave $2,500 to the Football Special Projects fund because $2,500 was gifted by donors.
  • Kara Van Dam gave gave $1,500 after $500 was donated to the Military & Veterans Resource Center.
  • Aaron Lowen gave $1,000 to the Seidman College of Business after 10 donors made a gift to the college. 

Let's keep this energy going all the way to midnight tonight and complete more matches and challenges!

22 days ago by Anna Davis
🎉Thank you!🎉


🎉 Wow - our Laker community is amazing! Thank you for helping us reach our first major Day of Giving goal! When we hit 616 donors, we unlocked a generous $30,500 from the GVU Foundation Directors.

Let's keep up the momentum! Stay tuned for more challenges and matches throughout the day that double your impact and help ensure every student has the resources they need to thrive.

22 days ago by Shannon Dale
Challenges and Matches Completed!

Thanks to support from the Laker community, several Day of Giving challenges and matches have been completed:

  • An anonymous donor gave $1,000 because 20 donors made a gift to the Soccer Special Projects fund. 
  • Paul Plotkowski made a gift of $500 to the Computing & Information Systems Scholarship fund because $500 was donated to the fund.
  • The Kretchman Family Fund gave $5,000 to the Softball Special Projects fund because 10 donors made a gift. 
23 days ago by Anna Davis
Anchor Up with Socks!


We’re celebrating Day of Giving with socks! In honor of the Pioneer Class of 1967, you’ll receive a pair of limited-edition socks when you make a gift of $67 or more. Don't miss your chance to Anchor Up!

23 days ago by Anna Davis
Challenges and Matches Completed!

Thanks to support from the Laker community, several Day of Giving challenges and matches were completed:

  • Philomena V. Mantella gave $1,000 because 100 donors gave to the campaign.
  • An Anonymous donor gave $1,000 because 20 donors gave to the Soccer Special Projects fund.
  • Nicolas Baine & Elaine Baine gave $100 because 10 donors gave to the campaign.
  • Amy Manderscheid gave $1,000 because $1,000 was donated to the Kirkhof College of Nursing Endowment. 
23 days ago by Anna Davis
Make a gift, get socks!

In celebration of Grand Valley’s first graduating class in 1967, if you make a gift of $67 or more, you can receive a pair of exclusive Grand Valley socks that are only available for Day of Giving. There are limited pairs available, so make your gift soon before they are gone!


42 days ago by Anna Davis

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Gave $5,100 during a Challenge!
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