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College receives gift

April 2, 2018
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Dorothy Johnson
Dorothy Johnson currently serves as secretary of the Grand Valley University Foundation. Courtesy GVSU

A university in the area has created an endowment fund with a recent donation.

Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy received a “generous gift” from namesake Dorothy A. Johnson, who wished not to disclose the gift amount.

The gift will create the Dorothy A. Johnson Philanthropy Innovation Fund, designed to support the exploration of the field of philanthropy.

"Dottie's gift will allow us to deeply examine ways to address the new pressures in the ever-changing field of philanthropy today," said Kyle Caldwell, executive director of the Johnson Center.

This most recent gift from Johnson will be the catalyst for continued support for this fund, including an additional investment from the university, which will help extend the impact of the endowment over time.

The Johnson Center was founded and expanded by previous gifts from Johnson and her late husband, Mart. She has been a supporter of GVSU for decades and currently serves as secretary of the Grand Valley University Foundation, as well as being an honorary lifetime member of the university's board of trustees.

Johnson's gift is part of the university’s $85-million Laker Effect comprehensive campaign.

"As a child I was taught to always give back, whether it be of your time or resources," Johnson said. "Mart and I have both tried to give back throughout our lives. The center provides the teaching, research and practical advice to help people serve and give. It provides the seed for future generations to do the same."

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