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EMU Foundation

Annual Giving

Annual giving is the ongoing support provided by thousands of EMU alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and students every year.

Ways to contribute

  • EMU Fund: The EMU Fund – formerly the Partnership for Excellence – serves the areas of greatest need across the University and Foundation. Your unrestricted gifts to this fund make an immediate impact in these areas of opportunity.
  • Specific Funds: Donors often choose to support specific areas of the University. You always have the option of designating your support to the areas and programs most meaningful to you. Search the complete list of funds on our “Make a Gift” page.

Strength in numbers: every gift matters

The number of people who support us each year is just as significant as the number of dollars raised. Every gift – and every donor - is important.

Why it counts:

  • Stay connected: We want you to stay involved with EMU! Your gifts to EMU are just a part of what makes you an active alumni. Have you activated your free alumni association membership? Visit www.emich.edu/alumni to get started.
  • Boost our rankings: Institutions like U.S. News & World Report track the percentage of alumni who give back to their alma mater as a part of the calculation for rankings. These rankings, in turn, have an effect on enrollment and add prestige to our alumni. Help us boost our participation level and stay ranked as one of the “Best in the Midwest!”
  • Send a message: Participation rates matter to most foundations and major donors. Strong support from alumni, family, faculty, staff, and students show these entities that EMU is worthy of future investments.

The more people who support EMU through a gift of any size, the more EMU can do for our students and our community.


For more information on Annual Giving and giving options, contact Carole Booms at cbooms@emich.edu.

EMU Foundation is located at 112 Welch Hall, 850 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI, USA 48197 Phone: 734.484.1322