STORIES OF IMPACT

U-M’s Ford School to expand social policy, equity work, thanks to Kohn Charitable Trust

ANN ARBOR—A set of gifts totaling $17 million from the Kohn Charitable Trust will establish a resource hub at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford...
Published 4.8.2021

U-M Depression Center to be named for Eisenberg family, in recognition of $30M in giving

Nation’s first center focused on depression and bipolar illnesses enters 20th year with transformational gift and enhanced capacity for scientific advances...
Published 3.25.2021

U-M receives gifts from over 10,000 donors on seventh Giving Blueday

More than 10,000 donors supported the University of Michigan’s seventh Giving Blueday, a 24-hour celebration of giving.  Throughout the entire day on...
Published 3.12.2021

Africa Week Strengthens Global Partnerships For the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan’s Africa Week brought together leaders in higher education, industry, and government for a series of inspiring virtual discussions, from February 15-19, 2021. The conference event addressed key opportunities and challenges that will shape Africa in the coming decades, and outlined several directions to expand and strengthen the collaborations between U-M and present and future African partners.
Published 3.8.2021

Support for Wherever the Road Leads

“The Stamps Scholarship completely transformed my entire undergraduate experience,” she said. “I never had to work jobs to pay for school or my living expenses, which has allowed me to invest my time in the opportunities I’m truly passionate about.”
Published 3.8.2021

Young alumnus’ planned gift is a promise for the future of U-M

Though he is not yet 30, Kyle has created an estate gift to support what he is most passionate about at U-M.
Published 2.15.2021

Lunar New Year Contest Entries

We are proud to present the winning submission of this year's Lunar New Year design contest, created by current Stamps School of Art & Design student Katherine Lee.⁠
Published 2.11.2021

The Best Network in Sports

University of Michigan students quickly learn that they are connected to a global Wolverine community boasting over 600,000 living alumni, and students have relied on these networks for invaluable support both during and after their time at U-M. At the School of Kinesiology’s Sport Management Program, a group of alumni fully embrace that Michigan spirit and have turned their passion for U-M into support for students.
Published 1.28.2021

Michigan Ross Alumni Gives $5M to Create New True Grit Scholarship at the Business School

The University of Michigan Ross School of Business is the recipient of a $5 million gift that funds need-based scholarship support for domestic and...
Published 1.26.2021

Inspired to Create: U-M Alumnae and the World of International Tech Startups

In December, Leaders & Best caught up with several University of Michigan alumnae working in the international startup space to learn more about the tech industry overseas and how U-M helped lay the foundation for their careers in entrepreneurship.
Published 1.13.2021

$5M gift From David A. Breach and family endows Michigan Law deanship, funds racial justice initiatives

The Breach Family Foundation and Michigan Law alumnus David A. Breach, chief operating officer and chief legal officer of Vista Equity Partners, has committed...
Published 12.4.2020

A Little Girl’s Big Legacy

The story of Skylar Herbert, a joyous and bright five-year-old girl who became the first child in Michigan to die from coronavirus complications. It was April 2020, the beginning of the pandemic. Skylar’s parents, LaVondria and Ebbie Herbert—both first responders in Detroit, Michigan—admitted their daughter to the hospital. What all started with a severe headache eventually resulted in a positive test for COVID-19. At a time when children were thought to be unaffected by the coronavirus, the news was both shocking and devastating to the Herberts.
Published 12.3.2020

George Floyd Memorial Scholarship

Support the new George Floyd Memorial Scholarship campaign From October 21-29, the University of Michigan encouraged donations to a new endowment that...
Published 11.23.2020

$14 Million Push for Type 1 Diabetes Breakthroughs: New JDRF Center of Excellence at the University of Michigan

Collaboration to accelerate research to cure T1D and improve lives NEW YORK, NY and ANN ARBOR, MI – Michigan Medicine, through its Elizabeth Weiser...
Published 11.13.2020

Carrying on the Family Tradition

University of Michigan alumni Jonathan and Kelly Opdyke were born and raised with Michigan in their blood and a love for the Motor City. Recently, they invested in the revitalization of Detroit through gifts to U-M’s School of Dentistry and School of Education.
Published 11.10.2020

Monumental Outdoor Sculpture by Jaume Plensa to Change the Face of U-M Museum of Art

Gift from J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family brings new, internationally renowned public art to Ann Arbor, U-M campus  ANN ARBOR, MI—The University of...
Published 11.9.2020

A new $5 million gift from the Patricia W. Mitchell Trusts supports University of Michigan students

A $5 million gift from the Patricia W. Mitchell Trusts will open new doors for University of Michigan students.  The $2.5 million gift to the Stephen...
Published 10.30.2020

Kohn gift establishes two new social policy professorships at the Ford School

The Karl and Martha Kohn Professorship of Social Policy will advance societal equity and inclusion in the United States. The Arlene Susan Kohn Professorship of...
Published 9.18.2020

U-M Students at SJTU

When visa application centers closed worldwide earlier this year in response to COVID-19, many international students were left wondering if they would receive...
Published 9.16.2020

Finding Purpose with Vic Strecher

Imagine a pill you could take that would increase your happiness, longevity, and quality of sleep. And on top of that, it would decrease your susceptibility to COVID-19, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and depression. The side effects? More friends and better sex… you’d start taking it immediately, right? According to Vic Strecher, this medicine exists—but it’s not a pill. And it’s also not something your doctor can prescribe. The medicine is living a more purposeful life. And philanthropy, as it turns out, is one way you can become more purposeful.
Published 9.4.2020

Nursing a passion to serve

Neal Hautz grew up in rural Boyne City, Michigan. From a young age, he learned the importance of service and community.
Published 8.28.2020

The Prison Creative Arts Project: Celebrating the 25th Annual Art Exhibition (Virtually)

Thirty years ago, U-M faculty member Buzz Alexander founded PCAP to bring those impacted by the justice system and the University of Michigan community into artistic and educational collaboration. In partnership with U-M students, faculty, staff, and community volunteers, PCAP fosters the creation of original works in theater, writing, music, visual art, and photography. The year-round programming reaches 26 adult Michigan correctional facilities, a federal correctional facility, several youth facilities, the Center for Forensic Psychiatry, and a public housing community.
Published 8.21.2020

Taking the Lead

Interning at Nike has been a dream opportunity for Michigan Engineering's Kori Maxie to merge her love of sports and science. It’s an experience she’s unquestionably earned, but one that couldn’t have been made a reality without scholarship support.
Published 8.7.2020

Stephen Ross & Jeff Blau Give $6M to Launch Diversity Initiatives at Michigan Ross

ANN ARBOR--- Stephen M. Ross and Jeff T. Blau have committed $6 million to help the University of Michigan Ross School of Business further its commitment to...
Published 8.6.2020