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College names director of endowed and planned giving

April 29, 2016
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Gina Bovee
Gina Bovee. Courtesy GVSU

A woman with more than 18 years of nonprofit experience is the new director of endowed and planned giving at a local college.

Grand Valley State University said this month that it has named Gina Bovee to the role.

Jennifer Wardrop, associate VP of University Development, said Bovee “brings a great deal of successful professional experience and understands the needs of our region very well.”

The role

Bovee said her role has a lot to do with people and ultimately connecting alumni and community members with the “extraordinary work” being done at GVSU.

“Grand Valley has been built by passionate people in this community or alumni,” Bovee said. “Endowed and planned giving is all about the long-term impact. My job is to really help people understand that everybody can be a part of something big. I’m here to talk with people in the community and alumni and help them figure out how to make the impact they really want to have.”

Bovee will also work closely with donors in the university’s Gillett Society, which comprises individuals who have included a provision for GVSU as a beneficiary in their estate plan, will, living trust or retirement account.

Bovee said the bigger-picture aspect of her job is to demystify planned giving for individuals to help create gift plans that make sense for their personal and family situations and allow them to have an “incredible impact on student achievement for the long-term.”

“I think we have a really strong Laker and West Michigan culture of philanthropy,” she said. “As the alumni base matures and more and more community members realize the full impact of Grand Valley, my goal is to build upon a tradition of philanthropy here at Grand Valley and West Michigan, so everyone can find their way to be a part of this shared legacy.

"When you think about people making ultimate gifts, they have a dream for what they want to do with their funds, whether it is during their lifetime or after. If I can play a facilitator role, then that is a pretty cool thing.”

Bovee added that the students, faculty and staff have an “incredible drive for excellence and have really high ethical standards,” which are essential in her line of business.

“I’m really just delighted," she said. "One of the reasons I accepted the position is there is a good alignment between my personal values and professional goals with what is happening here at Grand Valley.”

Bovee's experience

Previously, Bovee worked for the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

Bovee indicated her experience working in Grand Rapids and having grown up in West Michigan, as well as her professional expertise as a chartered advisor in philanthropy will benefit her in the new role.

Bovee is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Inforum Professional Women’s Alliance and both the Western Michigan and National Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.

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