University of Michigan

Development and Fundraising

What is development?

It’s often used as a synonym for fundraising. But at Michigan, development is about more than money: it’s about a lifelong commitment to …

  • learning
    “From group dynamics to critical thinking and problem solving, I have developed and honed many skills through every component of the program--professional development, philanthropy, and my planned giving project in the College of Engineering. The lessons I've learned from this rigorous, intense experience will easily translate to the professional world, and have provided me with a greater understanding of the development of identity within organizations, my relationships with others, and my own values and strengths.”
    —Rebecca Mitchell, D-SIP ‘13
  • leading
    “During my first year at Michigan State’s College of Law I organized a group of students to create a criminal law clinic on campus—a program unique to the state. D-SIP’s focus on being a leader in my community through philanthropy inspired me to organize and direct these efforts.”
    —Zachary Risk, D-SIP ’07

  • caring for others
    “Gifts ignited from a donor's passions and interests can inform not only the physical, but the social and intellectual landscape of an organization—we've been able to see firsthand how giving back is a practice that connects us all through our humanity.”
    —Vivian Yu, D-SIP ’12

Since its launch in 2007, 163 U-M undergrads have completed D-SIP. Of these, 140 have since graduated from Michigan, including 36 who have pursued and secured great jobs in development.

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