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A History of Charitable Gifts

Vermeer Charitable Foundation has stepped forward repeatedly throughout the years in financing Christian education improvements at Dordt College.

In 1980-81, the foundation funded the construction of a two-story addition to the science building that houses the engineering department. In 2002, they funded the construction of Dordt’s 7000-square-foot Vermeer Business Center, equipped with technology that equals or exceeds modern business conference centers, and all the connectivity and software programs essential to business today.

Vermeer Foundation also sponsors engineering, agriculture, and computer science scholarships at Dordt College; offers internships to students; and periodically funds senior design projects. This year a team of senior engineering students worked with Vermeer Manufacturing and Link Manufacturing of Sioux Center in the development of a seat mount designed to reduce vibration and increase operator comfort in the trenchers manufactured by Vermeer.

“The Vermeer family and foundation have been a crucial part of Dordt College’s development at every stage. They have always supported the values and convictions of our college,” said Dordt College president, Dr. Carl E. Zylstra. “We have been pleased that, in return, our graduates also have been able to contribute to what the Vermeer companies have added to the state of Iowa and well beyond. We look forward to this partnership of service continuing for many years to come.”