Give to Spectrum Center

The University of Michigan is committed to transforming our students’ education by extending academic excellence from the classroom into real-world experiences that develop a global purview and a creative, entrepreneurial mindset.

The Spectrum Center is committed to enriching the campus experience and developing students as individuals and members of communities using sexual orientation and gender identity and expression as our framework. Our work is accomplished through a student-centered intersectional lens. An investment in the Spectrum Center can help us succeed in our vision of creating an inclusive campus, free of discrimination and where social justice inspires community engagement and equity.

Why Give to the Spectrum Center?

Annual Gifts are imperative because funds raised through Annual Giving can be used to meet the immediate needs of the Spectrum Center.

Why does U-M need my support EVERY year?

While endowment funds are earmarked both in how they can be used and when, Annual Gifts are funds that the Spectrum Center can use immediately and where needed most. Each academic year, the University faces unexpected challenges. Annual Gifts from donors like you are vital to ensure our ability to overcome obstacles and live out the Michigan difference.

Your gift to the Spectrum Center supports:

  • Education: Training 259 allies on campus and in the community and hosting speakers panels which reached 2000+ participants through 31 classes, units, and organizations in the past year.
  • Collaborative Learning: Connecting University students with LGBTQ teens through a mentorship program at Ann Arbor’s teen center. University students can also support one another in navigating the coming-out process through a peer-led support group and one-on-one mentorship.
  • Community Engagement: Reaching out and including diverse communities in our efforts. In addition, we coordinate on programs that include events around National Coming Out Week, Transgender Awareness Week, Graduation, and more.
  • Leadership and Professional Development: Giving students the opportunity to gain experience working in higher education and organizing for LGBT causes. Our focus is on connecting students with financial need to leadership opportunities throughout campus.

Giving Opportunities

How does U-M solicit for gifts?

Alumni and friends are contacted via mail, email, and Telefund, U-M’s student telephone fundraising program. Michigan is a big place, so you may be contacted by the general Annual Giving office or by someone at a school, college, or unit on campus. As a whole, we strive to make giving to the University and allocating your gift to the area you wish as simple as possible. So when you are contacted remember you can support student life no matter who reaches out to you.

There are many ways you can give to the Spectrum Center:

  • Annual Giving: A fund that is put to use where most needed within a fiscal year.
  • Outright Gifts: Gifts of cash, securities or “gifts in kind” make an immediate impact. Gifts in kind include artwork, books and equipment that may be useful to the Spectrum Center.
  • Planned Giving: A giving strategy that allows you to make a meaningful charitable contribution while possibly enhancing you and your family’s future financial well-being.
  • Bequests: One of the simplest ways to give, you can leave a gift from your estate within your will.

We would be happy to talk about any of these options with you.

Learn more about Spectrum Center!

Student Life is committed to student learning and the development of the whole student. We facilitate transformation and enrich education through new opportunities for learning and development; fostering an environment for the success of all community members; developing a deeper understanding of ourselves and others on an inclusive campus; enabling students to practice positive physical, emotional, social, intellectual, mental, and spiritual health; preparing students to succeed during and after their university experience; resolving complex issues through advocacy, services, and compliance; and providing programs and facilities for the physical, social, psychological, academic, and recreational needs of the campus community. 

To do all this, and much more, Student Life needs your support—every gift matters.

Your Contribution

Your gifts of cash, pledges, or appreciated securities will enhance the experience of all University of Michigan students. Wills, estate, and planned gifts allow you to create a lasting legacy that will allow our students to grow and thrive for generations to come. Thank you for giving to the University of Michigan.

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Planned Gifts

Legacy gifts from generous alumni and friends provide the future support needed to achieve the University’s long-term commitment to excellence. A bequest is the easiest and most tangible way to accomplish this. If you have already included Student Life in your estate plans, but have not previously notified us, please let us know. We would like to properly thank you for your support, ensure your wishes are met, and plan with you for the future.

To learn more about these opportunities to support Student Life, please contact Student Life Development at 734-647-7309 or email