2013 Annual Report on Giving
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GRAND V ALLEY UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION 2013 ANNUAL REPORT ON GIVING GRAND VALLEY UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION 2013 ANNUAL REPORT ON GIVING MOMENTUM Front Cover: Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons A Force in Motion Grand Valley State University is a force in motion, making an ever-expanding impact on our students and the future of our community and our state. This momentum was sparked by early support from private citizens in West Michigan and continues today because of support from alumni, community members, faculty and staff, and students and their families. This report is in recognition of the growing number of donors who are propelling Grand Valley and our community into a limitless future. DEDICATION Robert C. Pew II 1923–2012 Bob Pew’s love of learning and education, along with his desire to make higher education available to everyone in our community, was demonstrated through his leadership since the beginning of Grand Valley State University. More than 50 years ago, Bob served as a founding member of the Grand Valley State College Citizen’s Council, which helped establish the university. Bob was a member of Grand Valley’s Board of Control from 1985–1988 and helped lead the expansion of the university into downtown Grand Rapids. His influence secured land and funding that enabled the creation of the L.V. Eberhard Center and Frederik Meijer Public Broadcast Center, eventually culminating in what is now the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus. Bob served faithfully on the Grand Valley University Foundation and was recognized as one of the university’s Grand Stewards in 2010. Bob continued his generous support of Grand Valley by providing the lead gift for the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons, a national model for 21st century learning that opened in 2013. Named in honor of Bob’s late wife, Mary, the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons will serve as a tribute to the Pew family legacy at Grand Valley and in West Michigan. 2013 Annual Report on Giving 3 Finding Your Name The Grand Valley University Foundation is proud to recognize the many donors who have impacted the university through their generosity this year by including them in this report. The inclusion of your name in this report serves as a symbol of your membership in the Grand Valley community. We hope it helps illustrate our gratitude for your support. All lists are ordered alphabetically by last name. Use these directions to help you find where you are recognized. 1 Identify which sections below apply to you. • Lifetime Giving Those who achieved extraordinary giving levels throughout their lifetime (see page 38 for more information) • Parents and Families Parents and families of Grand Valley students who made a gift this year • Annual Giving Those who gained membership in the University Society with a gift made this year (see page 39 for more information) • Students Current Grand Valley students who made a gift this year • WGVU Annual Donors Those who made a gift of $300 or more to WGVU this year • In Honor or Memory Those who made a gift to honor or memorialize someone this year 2 3 Check the table of contents on the next page for the page number for your section(s). Find your name alphabetically within the appropriate section(s). Some donors’ names may be listed more than once because they fit into more than one giving section. 4 2013 Annual Report on Giving 2013 Annual Report on Giving July 1, 2012â€“June 30, 2013 CONTENTS Momentum 6 Introduction 8 Message From University President Thomas J. Haas 10 Donor and Alumni Impact Stories Foundation Report 22 Introduction 24 Letter From Our Foundation Leadership 26 Grand Valley University Foundation Directors 28 Financial Stewardship Report 2013 30 New Scholarships and Endowments Stewardship and Recognition 34 Introduction 36 Finding Your Name 38 Giving Societies at Grand Valley State University 40 Gillett Society 42 DeVos Society 42 Seidman Society 44 Lubbers Society 46 University Society 102 In Honor or Memory 106 Parents and Families 120 Students 124 WGVU Annual Donors 132 Gifts in Kind 134 Matching Gift Companies 135 Endowment and Similar Funds 140 For Additional Information 2013 Annual Report on Giving 5 MOMENTUM Thanks to you, Grand Valleyâ€™s momentum grows ever stronger. Together, we are launching the next generation of leaders who will transform our region and our state. The following pages highlight just a few examples of the many ways your gifts enhance the lives of our students. Message From University President Thomas J. Haas When something achieves a critical mass, with enough motion, heading in a clear direction … we say it has momentum. No word better defines what has been happening at Grand Valley State University this year. A Year to Remember People Power This academic year, we welcomed our largest incoming freshman class ever, and we launched nearly 4,300 new alumni into the world, bringing our total number of graduates to over 90,716. This is remarkable when you consider that just 50 years ago this fall we enrolled our first 226 students whom we call the Pioneer Class. With an alumni base of this size, we truly feel Grand Valley’s momentum building. We are now seeing second and third generations of students attending the university, and employers are hiring 2013 graduates in record numbers as our more experienced alumni move up the ranks and into the corner offices. There are Grand Valley graduates in nearly every organization in West Michigan, and we are poised to increase those numbers significantly with the majority of our students deciding to stay in the West Michigan area after graduation. Rapid Expansion The university’s physical footprint also expanded significantly this year with construction completed or started on five new buildings, thanks to the support of donors like you. We have never had this much physical growth in a single year, and we couldn’t do it without private support. With the opening of the nationally acclaimed Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons on our Allendale Campus, our students will have the ability to master skills that will take them far into the future. As one donor said, this library is a definitive game changer for Grand Valley and our students in terms of how we teach, how they learn, and how prepared they will 8 2013 Annual Report on Giving be for the future as our next generation of leaders. The intellectual heart of campus beats much stronger this year thanks to the 1,400 donors who helped raise the private funds for the library. On our Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, the L. William Seidman Center showcases the Seidman College of Business, a premier regional business school with tremendous momentum of its own. From humble beginnings, our business school now ranks among the best in its class in the country. The spectacular new Seidman Center offers a fitting home for the college and has become a front door to the West Michigan business community as a local asset. Nearly 600 donors came forward to remember one of the universityâ€™s founders, Bill Seidman. On the lakeshore, the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute replaced an outdated, unheated building with the Robert B. Annis Field Station that will significantly expand the instituteâ€™s research capacity and help the region lead in the emerging blue economy. More than 200 donors raised more than $2.3 million this year to support the institute and help preserve our valuable lakes, rivers, and wetlands. If you visited Comerica Park in Detroit this summer and looked just beyond the outfield fence, you may have seen a Grand Valley sign illuminated atop our new Detroit Center. This year the university moved into a historical building in the central city. This is just more evidence of our expanding footprint as we offer increased support to our students and alumni living and working in Southeast Michigan. As if all this were not enough, this year we were fortunate to receive state funding that allowed us to break ground for a new science laboratory building to accommodate the growing demand from students for degrees in the science, technology, engineering, math, and health disciplines that are so important to Michiganâ€™s future. Forward Motion There is no question Grand Valley is continuing to pick up speed and make an ever-larger impact on our region and our state. We continue to attract the best and brightest students in Michigan and graduate highly skilled, diverse thinkers with the finest education in their disciplines. Grand Valley is continuously raising the bar for academic excellence and defining what it means to be a talent engine for the communities we serve. You are the force behind our momentum. Nothing this university has accomplished would be possible without your support. With your help, we promise to keep the momentum going and are committed to creating a limitless future for our students and our community. Thank you! Very respectfully, Robert B. Annis Field Station 2013 Annual Report on Giving 9 Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons A Model for 21st Century Learning Since it opened in June, the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons has lived up to its billing as the intellectual heart of Grand Valley State University. Library usage is expected to more than double in the first year alone, providing students with learning opportunities that didn’t exist in the former James H. Zumberge Library or anywhere on campus until now. “I’ve been to the library every single day since I was a freshman,” said Andrea Czarnota, a junior photography and marketing major. “Zumberge was a good library, but nowhere near what the Mary Idema Pew Library is. It’s a lot more than a library.” In addition to capacity for 150,000 books on open shelves and another 600,000 in an automated retrieval system, the Mary Idema Pew Library features a knowledge marketplace where students can talk to librarians about research, consult IT experts, get help with writing, create presentations, or practice public speaking. “There is a lot more assistance available here,” said Czarnota, who works at the library. “It’s a resource for students who may not have known they could get this kind of help.” Another change is plentiful group study space. “Students are better able to interact in groups now instead of being limited to a very quiet library,” Czarnota said. “There was no room to study during finals in Zumberge. There were a limited number of outlets and now there’s one at every seat. There is a lot more technology like computers and projection screens here, and I feel that will prepare us well for when we graduate and enter the workplace.” Czarnota appreciates how the Mary Idema Pew Library directly impacts students now, as well as what it means to the university in general. “It’s great to be part of a university that’s growing all the time instead of a school that’s already completed,” said Czarnota, “because you’re always going to be growing as a person.” “ I feel very grateful, on behalf of myself and my late husband, that we played a part in bringing the Mary Idema Pew Library to the Grand Valley State University campus. It’s such an exciting place to be. Just think — it not only stores books but makes available new ways to learn through computers and the web!” — Mary Ann Keeler Before there was even a rough sketch of the building, Mike and Mary Ann Keeler made the first gift to build a new library on the Allendale campus. Their gift became the catalyst for the private funding raised for the project. Since Mike’s passing Mary Ann has continued to support Grand Valley, following her passion for education, technology, and West Michigan. 10 2013 Annual Report on Giving “Zumberge was a good library, but nowhere near what the Mary Idema Pew Library is. IT’S A LOT MORE THAN A LIBRARY.” — Andrea Czarnota, Class of 2015 Student Worker Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons Powering Prosperity Through Business Education L. William “Bill” Seidman understood that Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business, named after his father, had a greater purpose than to be a place to learn facts and figures. As one of Grand Valley’s founders, Bill Seidman knew it could be an economic engine that powers prosperity by providing industry with a highly skilled, well-educated workforce. That being the case, Seidman would have loved Grand Valley senior Turner Novak. Novak is an accounting and finance double major, president of the Seidman Investment Portfolio Organization, and has completed six business internships for respected organizations like Amway and Perrigo. He’s excited about the opportunities he’ll be exposed to in Bill Seidman’s namesake building, the new L. William Seidman Center that opened in May in downtown Grand Rapids. The four-story building is nearly 127,000 square feet and houses the Seidman College of Business, including outreach programs like the Small Business and Technology Development Center, the Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, the Family Owned Business Institute, and the Van Andel Global Trade Center. It’s the building’s state-of-the-art Gary L. Tilkin Financial Markets Center that really gets Turner Novak talking. “I’m definitely excited about the Tilkin Financial Markets Center,” he said. The room allows groups of students to monitor Wall Street financial markets in real time and gain experience with Bloomberg Professional Service, the industry norm for investment tools and strategies. “I’ll probably end up being in there five days a week. It brings us amazing opportunities right now and exponential benefits down the road.” By providing business students the opportunity to be better prepared for their futures, the L. William Seidman Center will enhance the Seidman College of Business’s growing reputation as one of the premier business schools in the country, a fact that hasn’t been lost on Turner Novak. “Alumni with whom I work in my internships tell me ‘Every year, Grand Valley just keeps getting better. I wish I were going there now,’” he said. “I’ll probably be saying the same thing someday.” Jack H. Miller has been a generous supporter of Grand Valley and the Seidman College of Business for decades. He serves on the advisory cabinet of the Grand Valley University Foundation and played an important role in the campaign to build the L. William Seidman Center. L. William Seidman Center “ The Seidman Center will continue to build upon Grand Valley’s position among the best regional business schools in the country. A superior business school attracts talent to the region and provides our local businesses with a tremendous resource. This building is a wonderful tribute to Bill Seidman and his vision for West Michigan’s business community. I am happy to be a part of it.” — Jack H. Miller 12 2013 Annual Report on Giving “I’ll probably end up being in there five days a week. It brings us AMAZING OPPORTUNITIES right now and EXPONENTIAL BENEFITS down the road.” — Turner Novak, Class of 2014 President, IPO Club Seidman College of Business L. William Seidman Center Robert B. Annis Field Station Better Science for a Better World The new Robert B. Annis Field Station at Grand Valley State University’s Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) in Muskegon is better than its predecessor in every way. The 14,700-square-foot building, which opened in the summer of 2013, is significantly bigger than the two-decade old original. It features four research scientists’ offices, space for graduate and undergraduate student research, and spaces for year-round research — something that was never possible in the old field station. The Annis Field Station encourages better science and better solutions to the issues facing our freshwater resources. It allows for better collaboration between students, AWRI researchers, and other universities, government agencies, and the private sector to develop solutions to water resource problems. It creates opportunities for a greater number of GVSU student researchers who will become the next generation of freshwater experts. Alex Ebenstein, ’13, who served as a D.J. Angus-Scientech Educational Foundation intern and Houghton Lake E. coli reduction intern at AWRI, knows firsthand the need for expanded, year-round research space. “Grand Valley is growing so quickly,” he said, “that it’s good to see the school respond by making more space for scientific research.” During his time at AWRI, Ebenstein developed a model for stream flow and pollutant loadings in the Duck Creek and Muskegon River watersheds. He also worked with AWRI Associate Research Scientist John Koches on a NASA grant proposal to use an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to collect aerial imagery to map lake color and track harmful algal blooms in Muskegon Lake. Acknowledging his undergraduate accomplishments, Ebenstein, a natural resources management major, knows the added value the new Annis Field Station will provide. “Working at AWRI gave me a great experience doing real research,” he said. “Having this new lab space will be very beneficial to future students. You just don’t do things like they do at AWRI in a classroom.” “ The continued growth of the institute’s research capabilities is bound to enhance both the economy and the quality of life in the region, which is important to the R. B. Annis Educational Foundation. What is most exciting is that the new field station will provide opportunities for more student researchers who can contribute to preserving our important freshwater resources in the future.” — Chuck Angus 14 2013 Annual Report on Giving Chuck Angus (center) is a trustee of the R. B. Annis Educational Foundation. He is the nephew of Donald James Angus, namesake of the D.J. Angus vessel that was donated to the Annis Water Resources Institute. The generosity of the Annis Foundation and the Community Foundation for Muskegon County were instrumental in raising the $2.32 million in private funds needed for the institute’s new field station. “Having this new lab space will be very BENEFICIAL TO FUTURE STUDENTS. You just don’t do things like they do at AWRI in a classroom.” — Alex Ebenstein, ’13 D.J. Angus-Scientech Educational Foundation Intern Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute Robert B. Annis Field Station A Legacy of Enhancing Student Lives Through Giving During Emily Olszak’s college search, Grand Valley State University rose to the top of her list for its nursing program. A visit confirmed her choice. “I felt at home on the campus, and there are great opportunities for nurses in the area,” said the native of Crystal Lake, Illinois, where she studied Spanish in high school in order to better communicate in her largely Hispanic neighborhood. As a freshman, Olszak was awarded the Mary and Wilhelm Seeger Scholarship, given to a high achieving first-year student planning to study a foreign language. Named for two well-respected Grand Valley faculty members who served the school for nearly 80 combined years before their recent retirements, the scholarship inspired Olszak. “It gave me a reason to take studying Spanish more seriously,” said the Spanish minor who hopes to use her foreign language skills to communicate with patients in a hospital setting. The Seeger scholarship, like many Grand Valley scholarships, is funded in part by gifts from the annual Grand Valley Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign. Mary Seeger helped establish the campaign, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013. After years of consistent growth in participation, a record 58 percent of faculty and staff members gave back to Grand Valley students in 2012-2013, making Grand Valley one of the most generous university communities in the state. “It’s part of our culture,” said Mary Seeger of her colleagues’ generosity. “It makes a real difference to know that the faculty and staff members here have a vested interest in their students and are willing to make an investment in their future. We want our students to know that we want them to succeed.” Emily Olszak knows the feeling well. She met Mary and Bill Seeger at a scholarship dinner and credits the award with helping her take ownership of her education. “I’ve only finished my freshman year, and Grand Valley already seems like my home,” she said. “It’s my school.” Thirty years ago, Mary Seeger initiated the annual fundraising campaign with Grand Valley faculty and staff members that has been tremendously successful. She and her husband Bill started working at Grand Valley in 1965. Now retired, they continue to support the university as active volunteers and donors. Mary and Wilhelm Seeger Scholarship “ Faculty and staff give to Grand Valley because we want our students to know that we have a vested interest in helping them succeed. That’s the legacy we want to leave.” — Mary Seeger 16 2013 Annual Report on Giving “I’ve only finished my freshman year, and GRAND VALLEY ALREADY SEEMS LIKE MY HOME. It’s my school.” — Emily Olszak, Class of 2015 Mary and Wilhelm Seeger Scholarship recipient Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy Getting From Public Good to Great Since 1992, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University has been serving nonprofits, foundations, and others seeking to transform their communities for the public good. Just as importantly, it has been serving as an interdisciplinary learning opportunity for Grand Valley students like Aaron Kates, a geographic information systems (GIS) and research assistant at the Johnson Center’s Community Research Institute. “I really like the scientific aspect of geography, but wanted to work more with people,” he said of the path that has led him to his current position and enrollment in Grand Valley’s Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program. He earned his Bachelor of Science in geography in 2011. “I saw how geography meshes well with social work, and I’m able to use my Spanish minor as well.” At the Johnson Center, Kates conducts data analysis and focus groups. Using his GIS background, he has created a map of Michigan nonprofits that is used to identify resources and areas of need. He spent a summer at the Inyo National Forest in Lone Pine, California, as a student conservation intern and has another internship lined up in the refugee resettlement program of a Grand Rapids-based family services agency. He was named Grand Valley’s M.S.W. Student of the Year in 2013. By developing initiatives such as the Community Research Institute, the Frey Foundation Chair for Family Foundations and Philanthropy, the Grantmaking School, and the Nonprofit Good Practice Guide, the Johnson Center has met the needs of the ever-changing nonprofit and philanthropic sectors for two decades. For students like Kates, the future looks brighter than ever. “It’s given me a leg up,” he said. “I’ve learned so much here, and it’s a fantastic thing to have on my resume. Not only is the Johnson Center an asset to the community, it’s also a fantastic resource for students.” Dottie Johnson has spent her entire life in service to nonprofits and has been a longtime board member and supporter of Grand Valley State University. Dottie was the first female board chair of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and served as the president of the Council of Michigan Foundations for 25 years. The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, now the nation’s second largest university-based philanthropy center, was named in her honor to recognize her distinguished career and her ongoing support for Grand Valley. 18 2013 Annual Report on Giving “ The Johnson Center has become nationally recognized for its work in community and family philanthropy, which is so important to the future of this country. I am proud to be associated with such a fine faculty and such dedicated and passionate students who are going to make a tremendous difference in the world.” — Dottie Johnson “It’s a fantastic thing to have on my resume. Not only is the JOHNSON CENTER AN ASSET TO THE COMMUNITY, it’s also a fantastic resource for students.” — Aaron Kates ’11 and Class of 2014 GVSU M.S.W. 2013 Student of the Year Bicycle Factory Building Upward Bound Program (Upward) Bound for Greatness When Brenda Garcia was in eighth grade, an Upward Bound recruiter told her class that, “education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.” As the daughter of immigrant parents, Garcia had one thought: “I could relate to him.” She signed up for Upward Bound and hasn’t looked back. Upward Bound prepares underserved, first-generation college-bound students for success in high school and college. The program is a federally funded TRiO program established by the U.S. Department of Education. Grand Valley has received funding for the program since 1978. Grand Valley’s program is housed in the College of Education and serves about 100 Grand Rapids Public School students. Today, Garcia is a junior at Grand Valley majoring in legal studies and Spanish. “College for me was a dream,” she said. “I didn’t know how to begin. I don’t think I’d be in college without Upward Bound.” Beginning after their freshman year in high school, Upward Bound students spend six weeks each summer living at Grand Valley, preparing for college. “There is homework every single day,” said Garcia of her three summers in the program. “It was so hard.” It paid off when she was admitted to Grand Valley, “I’ve always felt it was in my path to go to college.” Garcia said that path will include law school, “I want to be an immigration attorney. I’ve always had a passion for law, but never thought I could be a lawyer.” Garcia has a part-time job as a human resources assistant with the law firm Warner, Norcross & Judd and serves as an ambassador for Upward Bound. “I’m so grateful that the program exists. It makes me want to keep helping,” she said. “I’m going to make my parents proud. I’m doing it for me, my parents, and my siblings,” she beamed. “Any student in the program will say that Upward Bound has impacted them because the program really challenges you to reach your full potential.” Mercantile Bank is a loyal supporter of Grand Valley State University and its students. The bank recognizes the importance of being a strong supporter of the diverse communities it serves and has made an ongoing commitment to making them stronger. Its support for the Mercantile Bank of Michigan Upward Bound (TRIO) Program Endowment will help young leaders access a Grand Valley education and become successful citizens in our community and our state. 20 2013 Annual Report on Giving “ The bank wanted to make a meaningful contribution that would positively impact the work being done to support the education of youth within our community.” — Mike Price, chairman and CEO, Mercantile Bank “I’m going to make my parents proud. I’M DOING IT FOR ME, MY PARENTS, AND MY SIBLINGS.” — Brenda Garcia, Class of 2015 Upward Bound program participant Steelcase Library FOUNDATION REPORT The Grand Valley University Foundation has a long tradition of successful fundraising campaigns. The foundation is a critical component of the university’s private/ public partnership that is the hallmark of the university’s past growth and will be essential to maintaining the university’s standards of excellence into the future. Together, we are launching the next generation of leaders who will transform our region and our state. The following pages summarize the results of this year’s fundraising efforts and highlight just a few examples of the many ways your gifts enhance the lives of our students. Book Retrieval System, Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons Letter From Our Foundation Leadership For those of us who have been involved in the Grand Valley University Foundation for decades, this has been a banner year. Weâ€™ve seen many milestones come and go, many buildings built, scholarships created, programs launched â€” but nothing can compare to what we feel this year as we see such tremendous growth and momentum happening at the university. It is a time for celebration and reflection. As foundation members, we watched as the Allendale Campus grew from a twinkle in the eyes of our founders, and students came in ever increasing numbers. We applauded as academic programs received national recognition and Grand Valley graduates started filling our businesses and organizations with top-level talent, fulfilling the promise we envisioned when the university was started. We helped the university find a foothold in downtown Grand Rapids and participated with great enthusiasm in the fundraising required to create the tremendous community asset that Grand Valley has become. Now we marvel at more than a decade of enrollment and graduation records, more than 90,716 alumni, and the universityâ€™s tremendous power to attract and retain the best and brightest young leaders to James W.F. and Donna K. Brooks Rich DeVos our community. With the addition of the amazing Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons on the Allendale Campus, the L. William Seidman Center on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, and the Robert B. Annis Field Station at the Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon this year, we see the university reaching for new levels of academic excellence and growth. As foundation leaders, we know that all of this is possible because of donors like you who care enough about our young people and our community to continue to support this university in its endeavor to set the standard for what higher education should be. Our foundation has much work ahead of us. While the number of donors who support Grand Valley continues to grow, it is incumbent on us to reach out to the next 24 2013 Annual Report on Giving generation of foundation leaders, alumni, and community members to help continue the good work that has been done by the foundation over the years. Private funding for the university has never been more critical. Despite all the construction in the past year, the university is still underbuilt in terms of the physical space required to support more than 24,400 students. More than ever, students need our help to access the Grand Valley experience through scholarships. Academic excellence and program expansion carry costs that private funds can support through the university endowment. In order to attract the best and brightest students to our community, we must continue the momentum weâ€™ve built in fundraising just as the university continues on its path. Thank you for an exceptional year to celebrate and reflect on all that private gifts have done for our university and our community. We look forward to building the future with you. General Chairman Vice Chairperson Vice Chairperson 2013 Annual Report on Giving 25 Grand Valley University Foundation Directors Grand Valley University Foundation directors are the university’s advocates in the community and helped to generate $10.3 million in private gifts this year alone. We appreciate their time and dedication in support of the foundation. Board of Directors General Chairman Richard M. DeVos Vice Chair Donna K. Brooks Vice Chair James W.F. Brooks Executive Director Karen M. Loth Treasurer James D. Bachmeier Secretary Dorothy A. Johnson Directors Roger A. Andersen Michael A. Batts Laurie Beard ’81 Robert P. Bernecker M. Catherine Bissell Tammy L. Born Julie A. Bulson ’99, ’07 John H. Bultema III ’95 Sharon M. Buursma ’90 James V. Buzzitta Edward J. Clark Samuel M. Cummings Kevin P. Cusack ’80 Jessie F. Dalman Randall S. Damstra ’82 Daniel G. DeVos Pamella G. DeVos Gary D. DeWitt Peter J. DeWitt ’68 James E. Dunlap Harvey N. Gainey Virginia L. Gearhart Daniel A. Gordon Betty S. Burton Groce ’77 Robert D. Grooters James P. Hackett Edward J. Hanenburg Brian T. Harris Richard P. Haslinger Matthew R. Haworth Doyle A. Hayes ’75 David M. Hecht Joyce F. Hecht Paul C. Hillegonds Thomas W. Hiller Larry W. Hines Donnalee Holton J.C. Huizenga José A. Infante Kyle S. Irwin Nelson C. Jacobson Michael J. Jandernoa Bari S Johnson Charles E. Johnson II 26 2013 Annual Report on Giving Advisory Cabinet James L. Jurries Kevin T. Kabat James P. Keane Fred P. Keller John C. Kennedy Robert L. Kersman Mary L. Kramer ’79 Michael S. Lloyd Arend D. Lubbers Nancy J. Lubbers Chris A. McGuigan David P. Mehney Hank Meijer Starr Meijer Gretchen Minnhaar Mark A. Murray Richard W. Muzzy, Jr. Michael K. Olthoff Jeffrey S. Padnos Shelley E. Padnos Christos T. Panopoulos Lawrence E. Pawl ’71 Peter M. Perez Margaret E. Potter Peter P. Renucci Robert O. Roskam Timothy R. Schowalter Arthur V. Scott David S. Sebastian Peter F. Secchia Virginia M. Seyferth ’83 Victor Shepherd ’80 B.P. Sherwood III Mark F. Sherwood Diana R. Sieger Jack P. Smith Karen Henry Stokes James M. Teets Daniel W. Terpsma ’82 Jerry L. Tubergen Peter M. Turner Mary Tuuk Carol Van Andel Michelle L. Van Dyke Richard H. VanderZyden Michael R. VanGessel Victoria Verplank Mitchell G. Watt Sean P. Welsh Scott D. Wierda Meg Miller Willit Joyce S. Wisner Eric J. Wolff Kate Pew Wolters Michael S. Youngdahl ’71 John H. Batts Nancy L. Batts John C. Canepa Helen DeVos David G. Frey George H. Gordon Ralph W. Hauenstein Richard G. Haworth Earl D. Holton Robert L. Hooker Mary Ann Keeler Jack H. Miller William W. Nicholson Seymour K. Padnos Daniel B. Pfeiffer Charles L. Royce, Sr. Mrs. James R. Sebastian, Sr. Robert H. Wood 2013 Annual Report on Giving 27 Financial Stewardship Report 2013 Overall Private Giving for Fiscal Year 2013 The Grand Valley University Foundation continued our fundraising momentum with a very successful year raising more than $10 million to exceed our annual goal. The university received a significant amount of support from alumni with total alumni gifts and pledges climbing by 28 percent over the prior year. All categories of giving showed healthy increases this year as the university endowment hit a record high of $88 million. That was due, in part, to a continuing increase in gifts for scholarships and endowed funds for academic programs. The campaign for the Robert B. Annis Field Station concluded just one year. None of this would be possible without the support of this year’s 15,900 donors including alumni, community members, corporations, foundations, faculty and staff, and students and their families. As this base expands and becomes more diverse, the future for Grand Valley State University students becomes more and more stable. We look forward to wherever the road ahead might lead us, and we thank you for your support. $5 successfully this year, exceeding the private funding goal in $20 $25 $30 Overall Private Giving $16.4 $15 $17.3 $24.7 $14.5 $28.4 $10.7 $14.6 $10 $9.5 $9.4 $0 15,900 Donors 28 2013 Annual Report on Giving ’03 ’04 ’05 ’06 ’07 ’08 ’09 ’10 ’11 $8.2 ’12 Dollars in millions Source: University Development (FRR), which includes outright gifts, pledges, bequests, and gifts in kind to WGVU and to Grand Valley State University. Gifts and pledges received by Grand Valley State University and the Grand Valley University Foundation totaled $10.3 million this fiscal year. $10.3 ’13 Endowment Fund Growth $90 28% $88.0 (another record) faculty & staff give 58% $80 increase in alumni dollars raised $74.7 $74.1 $70 $62.3 $63.8 $61.1 $60 $52.3 $53.8 $50 $ 23% increase in annual giving (gifts and pledges) $30 $42.5 $40 21 ’10 ’11 ’12 ’13 $46.2 new private scholarships 340 total $20 $10 $2.3 million ’04 ’05 ’06 ’07 ’08 ’09 Dollars in millions $0 goal exceeded for Robert B. Annis Field Station For the full audited financial statement for Grand Valley State University, go to www.gvsu.edu/busfin under “Financial Reports.” Additional information about the Grand Valley University Foundation is available at www.gvuf.org/. The university endowment fund climbed to $88 million, a historical high. The component funds that make up this number can be found on pages 135–139. 2013 Annual Report on Giving 29 New Scholarships and Endowments Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Grand Valley offers more than 340 scholarships and endowed funds serving the needs of thousands of students and providing for the university for decades to come. This year, we are pleased to recognize 21 new scholarships and endowed funds. Scholarships Anonymous Endowed Math and Science Scholarship This scholarship was established by an anonymous member of the Gillett Society. It is designated to assist students pursuing careers in math and science with the cost of their Grand Valley education. Anonymous Endowed Prelaw Scholarship The purpose of this scholarship is to support and encourage students who plan to enroll in law school upon graduation from Grand Valley. It is the donorâ€™s wish to support students in the fall semester of their senior year to assist with and reduce the financial stress of applying and preparing to attend an ABA-accredited U.S. law school. Anonymous SCB Endowed Scholarship This scholarship is intended to benefit students in the Seidman College of Business (SCB). ARAMARK Student Excellence Endowed Scholarship This scholarship was established by ARAMARK and GVSU Campus Dining to celebrate 25 years of service to Grand Valley State University. It is intended to acknowledge current students who have a record of positive involvement in clubs, organizations, extracurricular activities, and/ or community services and to reward students who serve as positive representatives for Grand Valley State University by assisting with the costs of a Grand Valley education. Autocam Engineering Scholarship This scholarship was established by Autocam Corporation under the leadership of President and CEO John C. Kennedy and COO of Global Operations John Buchan. By providing scholarship support to students from Michigan who may have limited exposure to manufacturing, Autocam, a worldwide manufacturer of precisionmachined components for the automotive and medical instruments industries, hopes to raise awareness among high school and college age populations about advanced manufacturing and ultimately improve the image of manufacturing that is portrayed in popular culture. This scholarship is intended to encourage high school graduates interested in practical engineering and educate young people about the changes in the advanced manufacturing field that have taken place over the last 20 years. Brooks College Endowed Scholarship for Study Abroad This scholarship was established by Dean Anne L. Hiskes on behalf of faculty members and friends of the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Brooks College offers a wide variety of opportunities for 30 2013 Annual Report on Giving students to enrich their lives and supports them in developing the interdisciplinary perspectives and skills necessary for navigating an increasingly complex and global world. The scholarship is intended to assist students with the costs of study abroad programs and to encourage students to seek out study abroad experiences that provide a transformational experience in the classroom and in the community. Colliers International Endowed Scholarship The purpose of this scholarship is to assist business students pursuing degrees in marketing, economics, finance, and entrepreneurship. It is the donor’s wish to encourage students with an entrepreneurial spirit to continue to develop their entrepreneurial talents, in addition to academics, because of their value in the workplace. Frederick A. Chapman Endowed Memorial Public Relations Scholarship This scholarship was established by family, friends, and colleagues in loving memory of Frederick A. Chapman. Fred, an Air Force veteran during the Korean War, had many careers and passions in life. Fred was a public relations executive and retired as press information manager from Mercedes-Benz of North America in Montvale, NJ, after 36 years in corporate advertising and public relations. He then returned to West Michigan and began his teaching career as an associate professor of communications at Grand Valley State University where he served for 10 years. Chapman was accredited and a Fellow in the Public Relations Society of America and held many leadership positions. This scholarship is to assist students who demonstrate a commitment to community service and are pursuing a career in public relations. Frederick S. Singer Memorial Veteran’s Endowed Scholarship Established by the Singer family in memory of their son and brother Frederick S. Singer, a proud Marine and Vietnam veteran. Fred joined the Marines in 1969 after his first semester at Michigan State University. After two tours of duty in Vietnam and four years in the Marines, he returned to Michigan and began his career in telecommunications at Michigan Bell where he served 34 years before retiring. Fred was a devoted Civil War historian, an avid outdoorsman, and loved to ride his Harleys. He spent many hours volunteering at the Michigan Home for Veterans and held a special place in his heart for all those who have served our country proudly in the armed services. This scholarship is intended to assist veterans with the costs of completing a Grand Valley degree. Kendal J. DenBleyker Endowed Scholarship Established in loving memory of Kendal J. DenBleyker with an anonymous gift on behalf of his parents, Bryan and Lauri DenBleyker. Kendal was a junior studying criminal justice with a goal to become a probation officer and ultimately become a lawyer. While studying at Grand Valley, Kendal worked to pay for school and commuted to campus to save money. Family members described him as a “driven and determined Christian man who expected much from those around him, but even more from himself.” The purpose of this scholarship is to continue Kendal’s memory by assisting nontraditional students pursuing a degree in criminal justice at Grand Valley. Margaret Susan and Paul Brian Brooks Endowed Memorial Scholarship This scholarship was established by family and friends in memory of Margaret Susan and Paul Brian Brooks. This scholarship will assist graduates of Richmond High School with the costs of their senior year at Grand Valley. Marvin G. DeVries Endowed Scholarship This scholarship was established in honor of Marvin G. DeVries by friends and colleagues to assist business students and continue Marv’s legacy of creating the foundation and leadership for the Seidman College of Business. Michael ’70 and Susie ’73 (Kelly) Matthews Endowed Memorial Scholarships This scholarship was established by Michael ’70 and Susie ’73 Matthews when they joined the Gillett Society. Michael was a member of the Grand Valley Crew Team for three years and thoroughly enjoyed his experience on campus and off campus. He met Susie at Grand Valley and their fondest memories reside there. After graduation, both Michael and Susie pursued advanced degrees. Their professional interest areas include engineering, environmental studies, veterinary medicine, wildlife, and education. 2013 Annual Report on Giving 31 Modern La