PHILANTHROPY AT MICHIGAN
Message From the Vice President for Development
Tom BairdVice President for Development
There are so many remarkable stories to share in the wake of this historic fundraising campaign. Those stories are about you, the dedicated donors who believed in something bigger than themselves. In partnering with our university, you brought new research and beautiful learning spaces to life, empowered engaged learning opportunities, and offered your vote of confidence in our students, our faculty, and their ability to change the world. Your commitment amounted to a truly storied success, and as you’ll see throughout this website, there are plenty of exciting stories to tell about the Victors for Michigan campaign. Each of those stories illustrates one of the many reasons to be excited for the future at the University of Michigan.
I can’t help but marvel at what we’ve achieved together throughout this campaign. As former campaign director and later as assistant dean for advancement at our College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, I saw your passionate support for Michigan firsthand. In Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint, this community was hard at work bringing energy and enthusiasm to our campaign and our campuses. True to our moniker as the leaders and best, together we led U-M to record heights in public higher education. It’s a true privilege to take the helm of such an outstanding development organization, and it’s an even greater honor to do so at my alma mater. My experience at this university shaped my worldviews and instilled me with a sense of gratitude that made me want to give something back. In the decades since graduation, it’s been a joy to be of service to this university and support U-M’s many vibrant communities. Like all of you, I know what a difference a university like Michigan can make in the world, and I look forward to continuing that important work together.
Vice President Emeritus Jerry May spent the better part of his career supporting that critical work. For close to three decades, he helped passionate people like you achieve their philanthropic goals by finding meaningful causes and connections at U-M. We owe him and his dedicated team our thanks. It required their shared vision, the National Campaign Leadership Board’s direction, and the tireless dedication of more than 1,600 volunteers to reach $5.28 billion in this campaign. That’s not to mention the contributions of two visionary U-M presidents and the deans, directors, and regents that championed this campaign to each and every milestone along the way. It took nearly 400,000 of us working together to get here, and it’s a moment worth celebrating. As we look back on our shared impact throughout the Victors for Michigan campaign, I’d like us all to pause, celebrate, and reflect on this historic effort and what it will mean for generations of future Wolverines.
Soon, it will be time to look toward that bright future. I look forward to connecting with all of you in the coming months, and I’m eager to see what we can accomplish together in the years ahead. Until then, thank you. Thank you for your loyalty, for your dedication, and for ensuring that U-M remains among the leaders and best in higher education today. I can’t wait to see what we achieve next.
Tom Baird (AB ’83)
Vice President for Development