420 Oak Street
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Ferris's Grand Rapids Advancement office provides the vision, leadership, and management for fundraising efforts in West Michigan. The office brings together university partners to strategically develop funding models and cohesive messaging to share with the community. Barbara Benda, Executive Director of Leadership Gifts and Relationships Grand Rapids Region and Associate Director of The Ferris Foundation, leads this effort.
The vision of the council is to build a robust Bulldog community that ensures every area student has an accessible pathway to a Ferris education and a successful career. A group of dedicated volunteers, the council collaborates with the Ferris Foundation to cultivate Bulldog Pride, support Ferris' economic impact, and increase educational opportunity in the area.