About U-M Development-OUD
Office of University Development Mission
The Office of University Development maximizes private support for the University of Michigan through high-quality collaboration with the development programs of schools, colleges and units. We also provide fundraising leadership through the stimulation and facilitation of healthy, productive and lifelong relationships with our colleagues, alumni, friends, foundations and corporations.
Office of University Development Leadership
Jerry A. May, Vice President for Development
Barbara Ackley, Assistant Vice President for Development, International Giving and Presidential Development Activities
Tom Baird, Assistant Vice President of Development, Campaign Strategy
Dondi Cupp, Associate Vice President for Development
Shari Fox, Assistant Vice President for Development
Mike Hilliard, Senior Executive Director of Leadership Giving
Karen Isble, Senior Executive Director of Campaign, Information, and Technology Services
Tom Szczepanski, Senior Executive Director Annual Giving, Marketing and Student Engagement
Offices Within the Office of University Development
University Development organizational chart (PDF)
The Office of University Development provides all U-M development offices in colleges, schools and units with central services in everything from gift planning to events.
Office of the Vice President
Led by Jerry A. May, the Office of the Vice President for Development provides the leadership and specialized knowledge necessary to promote and expand private gift support.
Annual Giving Programs
The Annual Giving Programs Office cultivates annual giving to the University through increased participation by alumni and friends. We assist academic and non-academic units with their annual fundraising to increase gift support for the University. At U-M, annual giving includes gifts of less than $25,000 given by alumni and friends on a regular basis.
Business Engagement Center
The Business Engagement Center (BEC) maintains relationships with more than 1,000 companies, and is contacted by nearly 200 new companies each year. The BEC provides a gateway to the University for businesses. Through the BEC, businesses are connected with University resources including research opportunities, new technology, high-tech facilities, student and alumni talent, continuing education programs, and strategic giving opportunities. BEC staff work collaboratively with units to help build and expand partnerships with businesses. For more information, visit: bec.umich.edu
Development Communications and Donor Relations
The Office of Development Communications and Donor Relations promotes meaningful ways to keep donors and fundraising volunteers involved in the life of the University and informed about how their gifts make a difference at Michigan. We work closely with units to ensure that donors understand the current state of the University and feel valued and encouraged to make gifts.
Prospect Development and Analytics
Prospect Development and Analytics partners with fundraisers throughout the U-M development community to assess the full spectrum of available data in order to provide a framework for strategic, actionable fundraising plans. The team provides focus for portfolio and pipeline management best practices and helps to identify and clarify the gift potential of prospective and current donors through the modeling and analysis of biographical, philanthropic and financial information, as well as by maintaining a robust prospect management system on the donor database.
Development Legal Services
Development Legal Services is part of the Office of the General Counsel, but is physically located with the Office of University Development in Wolverine Tower. We advise the development staff and others at all three U-M campuses on the legal and tax aspects related to gifts. For more information about Development Legal Services, follow this link to the Office of the General Counsel: http://www.umich.edu/~vpgc/.
Development Services has the primary responsibility for recording, maintaining and extracting information from the Donor Alumni Relationship Tool (DART), the authoritative source of alumni and donor data. We provide strategic and operational support to Development programs at the University of Michigan in the areas of technology and gift and records administration. We work collaboratively with departments across the University to maximize the effectiveness with which information is utilized for Development activities.
Gift and Records Administration
We record and receipt all gifts and pledges to the University, including checks, cash, credit cards, gifts of securities and gifts-in-kind. We prepare and reconcile numerous financial reports for the development community. We ensure compliance with IRS regulations, Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) accounting standards, and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) counting standards for all gifts to the University. We continually work to maximize the effectiveness of gift recording, receipting and acknowledging our valued supporters. Gift and pledge volume is well over 186,000 transactions per year. We also maintain the alumni and friends records stored on DART which are utilized to serve the alumni relations, development, and communication needs of the University. We add new graduates, update existing records and cleanse data. We add more than 10,000 new graduates annually to DART which currently has over 1,000,000 entities. Data integrity and accuracy are critical to successful Development programs and we are always striving to improve the quality of information stored on DART. We process hundreds of thousands of biographical updates annually.
Reporting and Information Analysis
Provides data assistance, including the use and deployment of data, as well as the analysis of data. We can help in every stage of information use, from creating communication and solicitation efforts in DART all the way through to creating complicated data visualization reports, and everything in between.
Strategic Partners in e-Communications and Solutions
Provides fundraising and stewardship related services such as email and eNewsletters, onling giving forms, event registration forms, blogs and social media initiatives, online surveys and consultation. We also maintain the Philanthropy Network, the Reunions website, the Development Services Help Site and a variety of internal websites.
Web & Data Integration
Advances the philanthropic and development/university community by developing proactive fundraising solutions, DART Development for BBIS and BBEC extensions, streamlining development information business processes, testing and rolling out new products and tools for cross-department collaborative projects and internal project management.
Provides information technology infrastructure (IT) design, management and support to the Office of University Development's (OUD) network and desktop environments.
The Office of Foundation Relations works tirelessly to initiate and cultivate relationships between the University and private organizations. Whether you are looking to engage with the University or you are a member of the University community with questions about potential foundation partners, we look forward to helping you. Learn more at: foundationrelations.umich.edu.
The Office of Gift Planning assists donors and/or their professional advisors with making gifts through bequests, life-income agreements or other deferred gift options. The office directs a University-wide gift planning marketing program, administers and tracks all planned gifts for the University and provides support to development officers in planned gift discussions.
Major Gifts ensures that the University aggressively identifies, qualifies and engages alumni and friends who are capable of making commitments of $100,000 or more, regardless of their college/school, program affiliation or interest. We are responsible for geographic regions in which we maintain strong volunteer networks, manage portfolios of leadership gift prospects with complex University affiliations and collaborate with school, college and unit development staff.
Finance and Administration
Responsible for the Office of University Development's budget. Our work includes allocating department budget spending, processing business transactions and auditing all transactions to ensure they comply with University and office guidelines.
Recruitment and Human Resources (RHR) works with current U-M development staff, potential team members and industry colleagues to build Michigan's exceptional development team.
Development Community Learning (DCL) provides programs including orientation, training geared to every career level and opportunities for networking within the development community.
University and Development Events
University and Development Events takes pride in creating welcoming and memorable experiences that express the University of Michigan's quality as a world-class center of learning and that build the relationships vital to its future. We plan over 150 events per year, including official academic ceremonies, local and national development events and President's House events. Our office is an event planning resource for campus departments.
The Office of University Development is located in Wolverine Tower on the Ann Arbor South Campus.