2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Western Michigan University Foundation
Western Michigan University Foundation (WMU Foundation) is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that promotes and provides donor investments to Western Michigan University. It accomplishes this mission by maintaining and enhancing an endowment fund, the income from which provides supplemental financial assistance for current University demands. The WMU Foundation also fulfills its mission through cost-effective fundraising programs that seek participation from the WMU family; prudent and responsible administration of funds entrusted to it by its donors; and effective distribution of its resources to areas of priority within WMU.
Lynn Chen-Zhang is a first-generation immigrant who came to the United States with $500 in her pocket and a scholarship to WMU. That scholarship changed her life – the education she received opened the door to a world of possibilities. Because of the incredible opportunities afforded to her by WMU, Lynn gives back to her alma mater, in both time and talent, to make sure all students have the opportunity to reach their goals and future potential. Her presence on campus is a constant source of inspiration for those she encounters, even earning the distinction of the university’s most-requested speaker. Her generous financial support of both large and small initiatives inspires those around her to give as well. Lynn currently serves as the President of the WMU Foundation and Vice Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees.