Gifts in Action

Hope Fund dollars are used where needed most and are unrestricted. Gifts to the Hope Fund directly support a variety of programs, services, and activities across campus to build a unique Hope experience for every student. Gifts fund financial aid, technology upgrades, and more.

Tuition dollars cover only 76 percent of expenses related to each student’s Hope education.  Voluntary contributions to the Hope Fund from alumni, parents, and friends help provide the remainder.

Financial aid, campus facility improvements, and student-life programs depend increasingly on annual gifts to the Hope Fund.  Every dollar given to the Hope Fund supports the college in six important ways.

How Gifts to the Hope Fund Support the College

Instruction and Support
Technology upgrades, undergraduate research opportunities, and a wide variety of academic support services are just a few examples of how Hope Fund gifts have a direct impact on the academic experience for students at Hope.

Financial Aid
Hope Fund gifts directly impact the financial aid process at Hope College, providing additional monetary funds for students receiving aid.

Student Services
Health and counseling services, as well as disability assistance services, are widely available because of Hope Fund gifts.  Hope Fund gifts also help keep the emergency phone system and shuttle bus services running smoothly.

Institutional Support and Advancement
Hope Fund gifts support Hope activities and organizations that make the Hope experience so meaningful.  The Anchor, Student Congress, The Pull, Nykerk, Academic Clubs, Honor Societies, Intramural Sports, The Women’s Issues Organization, Chapel Choir and Symphonette Tours, Spring/Summer Break Mission Trips, and Dance Marathon are just a sampling of the many great things your Hope Fund gift can impact.

Campus Maintenance
Everyone loves a beautiful Hope College campus!  Hope Fund gifts help keep things looking great by funding support for lawn service, snow removal, and updating lighting along walkways. 

Since Hope Fund dollars are unrestricted, special programs or activities may also be supported through Hope Fund gifts as well.  Guest speakers, visiting writers, and multicultural events have all been impacted through the Hope Fund.

"Because of the Hope Fund, the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences supported a weekend field trip to southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky for our students in the Historical Geology course.  The students in the Structural Geology course traveled to Tennessee to observe folds, faults, and fractures formed during the rise of the Appalachian Mountains.  These trips greatly enhanced hands-on learning." Brian Bodenbender, Department Chair Geological and Environmental Sciences