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Davenport University is an institution in more than the academic sense; it is a community institution, one that has contributed more to the ongoing business environment of Grand Rapids and West Michigan than any other single entity. It is an institution nearly as old as the city itself. It has survived every major adversity the nation has experienced since its post-Civil War beginnings, and has prospered when similar institutions were failing by the dozens. Its record of success is a tribute to visionary leadership, responsiveness to the dynamics of economic, social, and political change, and most of all, adherence to an abiding premise: “Make a Living; Make a Life; Make a Contribution.” Around this simple but eloquent motto M.E. Davenport shaped a college.

Mr. Davenport’s personal creed has provided the direction for the college’s ongoing commitment to training, improvement, and personal enrichment. A person’s ability to “make a life,” Davenport insisted, depended first upon his or her ability to make a living. The synthesis of the two prepared a person to make a contribution.

From History of an Institution by Peggy Sneden Moceri 

At Davenport, you are educated with the knowledge and skills to make a living. Through Davenport, you can use your education and skills to make a life for yourself. To Davenport, you are invited to make a contribution. 


The Davenport Fund The Davenport Fund exists to generate annual gifts for Davenport University for the purpose of providing student scholarships and enhancing academic and student life programs across all campuses. Give Now
The Panther Athletic Fund The Panther Athletic Fund is dedicated to providing financial support for intercollegiate athletics at Davenport University and helping the Panther student-athletes, coaches and athletic staff achieve success on and off the field. Give Now
Scholarship Gifts To make education accessible to everyone who is willing to work for it is especially significant. That’s what scholarship giving is all about; making education accessible. Give Now
Capital Gifts The construction of new facilities, classrooms and labs are vital to making a high quality Davenport education available to students to meet the needs of employers in the knowledge-driven environment of the 21st century. Give Now
Planned Gifts With a planned gift to the Davenport University Foundation as part of your estate plans, you can have a much greater impact tomorrow than you might otherwise be able to make today. Imagine knowing you are providing a legacy of education for generations to come.  
Honorary and Memorial Gifts The Davenport University Foundation accepts one-time gifts to honor or memorialize a loved one. Donations can be directed to an already established named fund, The Davenport University Memorial Scholarship Fund, or the General Fund. For gifts of $25,000 and more an Endowed Memorial Scholarship can be created. Give Now