Victors for Michigan Campaign: Final results

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan has released the final results of its Victors for Michigan campaign. In October 2018, the university became the first public university to raise more than $5 billion in the most successful fundraising campaign in its history.

At the campaign close of Dec. 31, 2018, more than 398,000 donors gave 2.4 million gifts over 7.5 years, totaling $5.28 billion. This includes:

  • $1.22 billion for student support, enabling U-M to expand opportunities and enrich the educational experience for all students, regardless of background
  • $1.71 billion for innovative programs in areas such as engaged learning, patient care, music, arts, libraries and more
  • $1.47 billion for distinguished faculty and research across all 19 schools and colleges, UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint
  • $676 million for world-class facilities, including research laboratories, student housing, classrooms, music/arts venues, athletics and recreation

Of nearly 400,000 donors:

  • 94 percent gave less than $5,000
  • Almost half made their very first gift to Michigan in this campaign
  • 55 percent did not attend U-M
  • 11,948 students gave nearly $2.49 million
  • 22,740 faculty, staff and retirees gave more than $201 million
  • A network of 1,655 volunteer donors around the world helped expand the cause.

The funds raised span all of Ann Arbor’s 19 schools and colleges, UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint.

About $1.22 billion for student support: 92 percent for scholarships and fellowships, and 8 percent for internships, study abroad and more. Donors established more than 4,200 new scholarship funds and grew the endowment for student support by $915 million, helping to make the U-M Go Blue Guarantee possible.

Some examples:

About $1.71 billion for programs: engaged learning, patient care, music, arts, libraries and more, including:

  • Patient and Family Support Services for cancer patients at Michigan Medicine
  • Wolverine Pathways to help high school students prepare for college
  • Brightmoor maker space in Detroit
  • Och Initiative for Women in Finance
  • New York Philharmonic residency at UMS
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens trail and Nichols Arboretum peonies

More than $1.47 billion for faculty and research across 19 schools and colleges including:

  • Chad Carr Pediatric Brain Tumor Center
  • Forbes Institute for Cancer Discovery
  • Leinweber Center for Theoretical Physics
  • Forsyth Professorship for Medieval Art

More than $676 million for facilities: research laboratories, medical technology, classrooms, music/arts venues and athletics, including:

  • Ford Motor Company Robotics Building
  • Munger Graduate Residences
  • U-M Nursing School
  • Aikens Hybrid Operating Suite
Rendering of the finished Pavillion and surrounding buildings.

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closeup view of peonies

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Jason M. Miller, M.D., Ph.D. (left), James Grosfeld (middle), Mark W. Johnson, M.D. (right)

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