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Ways to Give

Consider the many giving levels and options available to you and make your own impact on the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Immediate or long-term, large or more modest - every gift makes a difference.

Annual Fund

Gifts to the Music, Theatre & Dance Fund (364820) are immediately accessible for current critical needs. When you contribute to the annual fund, you also give the much-needed gift of flexibility. Deans and program directors can use these funds immediately for their most pressing initiatives. Make your gift online or print out a donation form to mail in your contribution. For more information, contact Ashley Lawrence at 734-647-2035.

Matching Gifts

Many employers match gifts made by their employees, doubling or even tripling your gift. Find out if your employer matches gifts.

Planned Giving/Bequests

Planned giving comes in many forms, tailored to mutually benefit both you and the university. Some gifts provide financial and tax benefits for you and your heirs; others provide immediate tax deductions and capital gains savings or a stream of income for the donor’s life. For more information, contact Ericka Bigelow at 734-763-0632.


The School has numerous strategic endowments already in place that support a variety of initiatives, including programs, scholarships, and endowed faculty appointments. Your gifts to these endowment funds are invested by the University and held in perpetuity. Revenue generated is then used to support whatever area the endowment designates. A gift of $50,000 or more entitles you to establish your own named fund, and gifts can be pledged over five years. Donors can contribute any amount to already existing funds set up to support almost all disciplines within the School. For more information, contact Ericka Bigelow at 734-763-0632.


A gift of stocks and bonds to the School provides you with an income tax deduction based on the value of the securities at the time you make the gift. You avoid capital gains on the appreciated value of the securities and the School can immediately use the proceeds for the purpose you specify or for the general support of essential initiatives. For more information, contact Ericka Bigelow at 734-763-0632.

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