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Mission, Purpose & FAQ


The purpose of the Ferris Foundation is to advance the mission and goals of Ferris State University by generating and managing private support for the university.


Since 1991, The Ferris Foundation has been responsible for receiving, investing and distributing endowment gifts, which provide a source of perpetual support for Ferris State University. The Foundation also serves as the university’s philanthropic organization, receiving and acknowledging all gifts to the university, including annual gifts that meet present needs. The Foundation strives to enhance stewardship and communication with donors, creating a more efficient and unified approach to philanthropy, strengthening the Foundation’s mission as a valued and trusted intermediary between Ferris State University and its donors.