In 1989, the EMU Regents founded the EMU Foundation, with the sole mission and purpose to provide additional financial support to students, programs, services, and the educational community of Eastern Michigan University.
The EMU Foundation is an institutionally-related nonprofit organization that solicits funds on behalf of the University, and manages donations that are made to help academic areas of need. The purpose is to increase the sources and amounts of private funds for the benefit of the University, and all fundraising activities and events undertaken by individual units of EMU are coordinated through the EMU Foundation. The funds are then used to support several areas, including student scholarships, programs, facility enhancement and development and faculty research and growth. The EMU Foundation is governed by an independent group of volunteers who serve as the Board of Trustees that elects its own officers.
The Eastern Michigan University Foundation is a private nonprofit corporation governed by the laws of the state of Michigan. It is a tax-exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation holds a Charitable Solicitation License from the State Attorney General's office.
The EMU Foundation complies with all laws that relate to the operation of a private, nonprofit corporation and it is audited annually by Plante & Moran, PLLC. Financial information is available upon request.