Named Endowment Funds
Named Endowment Funds
Your Values Making a Difference Forever
Endowed funds are the lifeblood of a thriving university and student body. Endowments allow students and faculty opportunities to learn, explore, compete, and excel, enabling a vibrant learning community that attracts and retains the best and brightest Lakers today and tomorrow.
You can create an endowed fund that reflects your love of Grand Valley and carries you or your family's name forever. You can establish your endowment with a one-time gift or pledge, or through your will or estate. An exciting new opportunity - a virtual endowment - is a blended form of giving that exactly accomplishes your wishes to make a difference today and leave your legacy for tomorrow.
Support Laker Effect campaign priorities with endowed funds for Scholarships, Student Support and Development, Academic Programs, and Faculty Positions. Whatever the size of your endowment gift, your name and your values will live on, inspiring new generations of students forever.
That are many ways to create a named endowment fund that accomplishes your goals and suits your means. Ideas include:
- One time gifts of cash or stock
- Pledges over three to five years
- Pledge to provide annual distribution and endow later, a Virtual Endowment [link to Blended Gifts page]
- IRA Charitable Rollovers [link to IRA page] that allows tax-free distributions up to $100,000
- Gifts through your will or a beneficiary designation
- Gifts of assets like real estate, bonds, closely held stock or personal property
- Any combination of the above that best suits your needs!
Why is the endowment important to Grand Valley?
The endowment is particularly important to Grand Valley because state funding, once a primary source of revenue for the university, has been declining. With the growth of the endowment, Grand Valley is better able to plan for the future of the university. A strong endowment fund ensures permanent, financial stability.
Is the Grand Valley Fund part of the endowment?
No. The Grand Valley Fund is the primary source of annual unrestricted private funds at Grand Valley. It is used to provide direct benefits to students and helps to meet the university's highest priorities. Gifts given to this fund will be spent as needed, and often within the year. The Grand Valley State university Endowment Fund is the permanent endowment supporting the greatest needs now and in the future.
Do small gifts make a difference?
Yes, any size gift makes a difference. Larger gifts are usually used to create a new fund whereas smaller gifts support these individual funds and help them grow. In fact, small gifts are very valuable to the Grand Valley endowment because they generally have fewer restrictions and tend to add up quickly.
What types of funds can be endowed?
A variety of funds can be endowed at Grand Valley. The most common types include scholarships, professorships, and academic program funds. Search already established funds for ideas.
How can I establish a fund or endowment?
Because the types of endowment funds vary, the first step to establishing an endowment is to contact the University Development Office to find out the current minimum investment needed to create a fund.
Do I need to fund my endowment all at once?
No. The University Development Office can assist you with ways to build the value of your fund over time.
Can I choose what I want my endowment to support?
Yes. Donors who establish an endowment fund have the option to decide what they want it to support.
Can I name my endowment?
Yes. The donor can choose to name their endowment however they like. Most people create endowments in their family's name, but they can also be named in honor or memory of a person or organization.
How will I know my endowment is making an impact at Grand Valley?
You will receive an annual endowment update from the University Development Office.
What are the tax benefits of funding an endowment?
Endowed giving may qualify you for tax benefits. As with all gifts to non-profit organizations, it is best to check with your personal financial adviser to evaluate the tax benefits of your specific gift plan.