Advancement - Fundraising and development at Finlandia University

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How To Make Your Gift to Finlandia University

Your gift can be made in cash, stock or appreciated property and mailed to Finlandia University; 601 Quincy Street; Hancock, Michigan 49930. All gifts are recognized annually in a special donor edition of our biannual publication, the Bridge

Online Giving

Your gift to the Finlandia Fund can now be made online with a major credit card. Click here to donate online

Gifts in Honor or Memoriam

Your gift may be given in honor of, or as a memorial to someone you wish to recognize. These gifts are regularly recognized in the Bridge.

Plan 2021

As we imagine and plan for Finlandia University’s 125th birthday in 2021, we draw upon the courage and imagination of those who have loved and led this learning community for well over a century. Our first thoughts are of gratitude and praise for those who have gone before and served so unselfishly—often in the midst of great adversity—her educational mission. We today, lead both humbled and inspired by their deep commitments and perseverance. Click the link below to see the rest of Finlandia’s strategic vision.

Plan 2021

Deferred Gifts

Planned giving and deferred giving are also key to Finlandia’s institutional stability. Millions in deferred gifts have helped Finlandia to, in the words of one of our friends, “become what it needs to be”.

Charitable Gift Annuities accomplish two things: You are able to make a gift to Finlandia University while also ‘purchasing’ a guaranteed annual income for the rest of your life. If you wish to make an annuity gift of $10,000 or more we will provide you an illustration of payments you would receive quarterly, and the amount credited for charitable deduction based on your age. When you make your gift, you will also decide how you wish to designate the remaining portion of the annuity at the end of your life, such as for a particular program, scholarships, plant or endowment.

Wills and Trusts: Gifts through a will or trust can be in cash, stock, securities or in real property. As with any major gift the donor may wish to designate funds to a particular area and/or document the gift in honor or memorial of someone (e.g. The Mr. and Mrs. Doe Endowed Scholarship for Nursing, The John Smith Endowed Chair for Design, etc.).

Property: In terms of property, it is Finlandia’s policy to sell property that is willed the institution due to the usual need for ongoing maintenance and property management unless the property is deemed useful for other program or university use.

The Finlandia Fund

A healthy Finlandia Fund is critical to the university and its students; it ensures the affordability of Finlandia’s distinct private education experience. Most importantly, the Finlandia Fund enables us to offer institutional financial aid and reduce student need for private loans. In addition, the Finlandia Fund provides the basis for operating support, which translates into well-qualified faculty and staff to support our community-based and niche academic programs, as well as improved facilities, up-to-date instructional aids, and athletic competition. Your annual gift to the Finlandia Fund has a direct, immediate, and major impact on all our students.

Finlandia Fund

Advancement Staff

Doreen KorpelaExecutive Administrative Assistant, President & AdvancementFinlandia Universitydoreen.korpela@finlandia.edu906-487-7201
Karin Van DykeVice President for AdvancementFinlandia Universitykarin.vandyke@finlandia.edu906-487-7344
Olivia MyersCoordinator of External RelationsFinlandia 487-7499


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