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Support the College

The College of Education at EMU in partnership with the EMU Foundation relies heavily on our greatest supporters to offer a range of scholarships, programs and services to students, ensuring they receive the best educational experience possible.

The College of Education is appreciative of all of our donors like you that are a part of our support system and continue our legacy of being one of the largest producers of educational personnel in the country.

Make a Gift

  • Ways to Give

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    A gift to Eastern Michigan University's College of Education isn't just a donation; it is an investment in our students and our future of education.

    Your gift helps continue the legacy that Eastern Michigan aims to provide, and also fulfills the promise of a brighter future and endless opportunities for our students.

    There are various ways to give to the College of Education such as through annual gifts, major gifts, scholarships, program support, and legacy giving.

    To learn more about all of the ways to give, contact Christa Reid, Director of Development at 734.487.0496 or by emailing [email protected].

    Endowment Giving

    Gifts to Eastern Michigan University's College of Education endowment is an investment in the University's future. Endowed funds provide a consistent source of income to the College of Education in perpetuity and can support students, programs or faculty in a college or department. Your gifts to the COE endowment are pooled to maximize the investment potential. Each year, a percentage of the market value is awarded and the balance of the earnings is returned to the endowment principal.

    Gift Planning

    At each stage of your life, there is something you can do to support the College of Education:

    In your 20s/30s

    Connect with Christa Reid, Director of Development within the College of Education and discover your philanthropic passion(s) within the college.

    • Develop a habit of giving by making an annual gift to Eastern Michigan of any size!
    • Set up your first beneficiary designation, will, or trust, and become a recognized member of the Heritage Society by including a bequest to Eastern Michigan in your estate plans.

    In your 40s/50s

    Continue to update and revise your will and estate plan where necessary, and then consider:

    • Making a gift of stocks, bonds, or other securities.
    • Designating a percentage of your retirement plan assets to benefit Eastern Michigan's College of Education after your lifetime (including 401k, 403b, IRA, etc.).
    • Contributing a life insurance policy (paid in-full) you no longer need and/or naming Eastern Michigan's College of Education as a beneficiary.

    In your 60s and Beyond

    Continue to update and revise your will and estate plan where necessary, and then consider:

    • Setting up a charitable gift annuity to Eastern Michigan's College of Education to receive fixed payments for life.
    • Arranging a charitable remainder trust (unitrust, annuity trust, lead trust) and naming Eastern Michigan's College of Education as the beneficiary.
    • Making a gift of real or personal property.

    Every gift plan is tailored to your needs, and state laws vary, so we always recommend consulting with your financial or legal advisor if you have questions about your gift.

    Naming Opportunities

    Named gift opportunities advance the College of Education's strategic priorities. Named gifts may bear the donor’s name or may be named to honor a spouse or other family member, a colleague, a favorite professor or mentor, or an organization deserving recognition. The specific terms of these gifts are determined in consultation with the Director of Development, Christa Reid and the EMU Foundation.

    Donors interested in exploring the possibility of making a larger lasting investment in the College of Education should contact Christa Reid at 734.487.0496 or by emailing [email protected].

  • Greatest Needs

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    Many College of Education (COE) students at EMU struggle to meet the financial challenge of getting their degrees. At the University as a whole, more than 60% of students receive some level of scholarship aid. More than 75% must work part-time or take time off to meet financial obligations, often delaying their dreams of a college degree. Many students within the College of Education also face financial challenges near the end of their educational journey during times of student teaching.

    To keep Eastern affordable for the increasing number of COE students who need financial support to participate at Eastern, we seek support from our alumni and parents, faculty, staff and friends for the following priorities:

    Need-based and Merit-based Scholarships

    To help offset the education costs for students and to accelerate their academic experience.

    Student Emergency Funds

    When financial challenges arise due to unplanned circumstances, the College of Education's Student Emergency Fund helps provide funding to our students during a time in which they need it the most.

    Study Abroad Support

    To address the financial challenges of study abroad initiatives that develop increasingly important global perspectives and language proficiency.

    Program and Faculty Support

    To offset the costs of program expenses, research projects and/or professional conferences for qualified faculty who might not otherwise be able to share all of the great work they are doing.

    To learn more about any of these areas of designation contact Christa Reid at 734.487.0496 or to make an immediate gift, visit the Make a Gift page.

  • Contact

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    For more information on how you can support the College of Education, contact:

    Christa Reid
    Director of Development
    734.487.0496
    [email protected]

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