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Giving Societies

SVSU and our students are grateful for the generosity of our donors. Thank to you, the university is able to provide academic and programmatic experiences that prepare students for success as well as scholarships that allow more to remain in school and on track to graduation.

Annual Giving Society

Dear Friends,

I invite you to join the President’s Circle, a recognition society to acknowledge loyal and generous donors to SVSU.

The President's Circle is reserved for those donors who contribute gifts totaling $1,000 or more to SVSU in a fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).

As a member of the President's Circle, you will receive:

  • Special events for President's Circle and Advocates Society members.
  • Invitations to upcoming campus events.
  • Public recognition of donors.
  • President's Circle lapel pin.
  • Communications that keep our special friends "in the know."

President's Circle members believe in the University's mission and values, and they impact our students, our campus, and the greater community in many ways.

I invite you to join this select group of donors who make a significant impact on SVSU and our students.

Thank you.

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Lifetime Giving Societies

Advocates Levels

Membership Benefits

  • Annual signature event exclusively for Advocates Society members
  • Spring social event showcasing the university's colleges and academic programs
  • Complimentary legacy and estate planning virtual seminar featuring an expert speaker
  • Donor appreciation days with special discounts on SVSU apparel and other items available in the bookstore
  • Inclusion on the Donor Recognition Kiosk in Groening Commons
  • Recognition in the SVSU Foundation Annual Report, Advance+
  • Invitation to campus events and other communications to keep you in the know
  • Advocates Society lapel pin

Endowment Giving

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Legacy donors have generoulsy established over 200 endowed scholarship and fellowship programs that support lectures, concerts, outreach to regional school children and K-12 educators, grants for special projects, student excellence awards, faculty and staff recognition awards and awards to outstanding community educators and leaders. A named endowment fund will support a scholarship or program in your name or the name of a loved one or respected colleague in perpetuity. A minimum investment of $25,000 is required to establish an endowment, which may be achieved through a multi-year pledge. With SVSU's 4% distribution policy, each increment of $25,000 in value will result in approximately $1,000 in yearly earnings toward your designated purpose, assuming adequate market performance.

Learn more about establishing an endowment here.

Planned Giving

Creating the Future

The Creating the Future Society recognizes donors who include SVSU in their estate plans. Many of these generous Advocates support the University throughout their lifetimes, and their vision extends to improving the lives of students and the people of our region far into the future.

Types of Planned Gifts

Planned gifts can be as simple as a bequest or may include a number of options, some of which provide lifetime income to the donors and/or their beneficiaries. Examples include:

  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • charitable Gift Annuities
  • Pooled Life Income Funds
  • Life Insurance Policies
  • retirement Funds

Learn more about how to leave a planned gift here


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