Frequently Asked Questions
Gift and Records Administration Help
Call toll free: 1 888 518-7888
Local number: 734 647-6179
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern time
Or email us anytime.
University's Official Name: Regents of the University of Michigan
Tax-Identification Number: 38-6006309
Please contact Gift and Records Administration with your questions about:
- Your gifts to the University
- Whether the University has received your gift and/or whether it has been processed
- Information on a pledge reminder you received in the mail
- How to make a credit card gift over the phone
- Information on a gift receipt or whether you need a new receipt
- Information on the processing of a credit card gift, a payroll deduction gift or a recurring gift
You can also view your giving history, open pledges, and recurring gifts on the My Pledges & Gifts section of the U-M Online Giving Website.
If you're unable to find the fund you're looking for please use this donation form to make your gift. You can describe the area to which you want to give and we'll match your gift up to the right fund. Your official receipt will indicate where your funds were assigned.
Please contact Gift and Records Administration to notify us of:
- A change in your marital status
- A change of your home address or phone number
- A change of your business address information
- A change of your email address
- The death of an alumna or alumnus
You can also update your name, address, email address, phone numbers, spouse/partner information and education information on our secure Profile Update form.
I would like to register. How can I get an account and password?
To register for the U-M Online Giving Website you must have a uniqname or friend account and password.
What is a U-M Uniqname?
A U-M uniqname is your official University of Michigan computing ID and may have been part of your @umich email address if you are an alumni/ae, faculty or staff. Your uniqname or friend account and password are required in order to login to your personal information on the Michigan Online Giving Website.
What is a Friend Account?
A Friend account is a U-M guest computing account. It allows someone who does not have a U-M uniqname and UMICH Kerberos password to authenticate to the U-M computing environment allowing them to log in to the environment and be identified. Friend accounts can be used by donors and friends of the University who are not alumni/ae, faculty or staff.
Why should I log out when I’m finished visiting U-M Online Giving Website?
As with all websites containing personal data, it is important to log out from your session to help keep your information secure.
How can I update my Alumni Record online?
You can update your alumni profile online if you are logged into the Michigan Online Giving website. Please note that while you can make changes, they may not be reflected for 3-5 business days.
How do I update my personal information if I don't have an account?
- By email: Please contact Gift and Records Administration to submit your request. Title your changes "Alumni Record Update"
- By U.S. mail or fax: Write your changes, indicate whether they are for home or business information and include a day telephone number. Mail or fax to:
Gift & Records Administration - Development Services
3003 S. State Street, Suite 8000
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1288
- Or call Gift and Records Administration at 734-647-6179
I recently made updates to my personal information and the changes are not appearing. What should I do?
All changes made to your record will be reflected within 3-5 business days.
How can I forward or redirect my umich.edu email address?
- Please visit Information and Technology Services for more details and assistance at the Forwarding or redirecting your U-M email using the MCommunity directory page
- Beginning in March 2012, new alumni who used Google Apps UMICH email, calendar, and other tools as students will maintain access to these services when they become alumni.
What is a preferred email address?
This address is where you would prefer to receive general University email correspondence. Please feel free to list other email addresses that would serve as alternate means of contact for University staff should the need arise.
What is U-M’s policy on the use and release of personal information?
The University of Michigan is committed to protecting your personal privacy. You may wish to review the "Policy Regarding the Use and Release of Donor and Alumni/ae Information," developed by the Office of the Vice President for Development, taken from the U-M Standard Practice Guide section 602.
Information on Giving to U-M
I’m not sure which funds I want to support. How can I find U-M giving opportunities?
You can use our U-M fund search tool to find the funds you want to support. You may add more than one fund to your giving basket and complete your donation in one transaction.
How can I give to the same funds that I supported last year?
If you are logged into the Michigan Online Giving website and have given to U-M in the past, you can easily view the funds you’ve previously supported.
I can't find the fund I'm looking for. How can I make my donation?
Please use this donation form to make your gift. You can describe the area to which you want to give and we'll match your gift up to the right fund. Your official receipt will indicate where your funds were assigned.
What should I know about giving to an endowed fund?
If we raise a sufficient level of gifts we may establish a permanently endowed fund, which will be administered as a permanent endowment under Michigan law and University policies. Otherwise, the gifts will be spent for the purpose described.
I would like to set up a pledge gift, can I do this online?
Please contact Gift and Records Administration to set up a new pledge.
- Call toll free: 1 888 518-7888
Local number: 734 647-6179
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern time
I made a pledge through telefund where can I see the pledge information?
You can view your open pledges on the My Pledges & Gifts section of the U-M Online Giving Website. Please allow 3-5 business days for changes to be reflected on the Michigan Online Giving website.
I currently work for U-M and would like my gift to be deducted monthly from my payroll, can I do this online?
Yes. Current employees are eligible to set up payroll deductions. Visit the Leaders & Best Online Giving site and follow the instructions as you check out. For bi-weekly paid employees, Gifts are deducted from the 2nd pay of the month.
This transaction will not affect other payroll deductions such as United Way donations or parking permits. If you prefer you can also manage all of your payroll deductions on the Wolverine Access site.
How long do monthly payroll deductions last?
The monthly deduction is continuous until you choose to stop the deduction by contacting Gift and Records Administration.
I currently work for U-M and have monthly gift deductions applied to my paycheck, but I have forgotten what I am donating to. Can I view my giving history?
Yes. You can view your giving history on the My Pledges & Gifts section of this site (Note: you must be logged into the site to access this page). Please note that this data reflects your history as of 60 days ago. Any changes within the last 60 days may not be reflected in your giving history.
I currently work for U-M and have monthly gift deductions applied to my paycheck, can I make any changes?
Yes. You can make changes in one of the following ways:
- Visit the Wolverine Access site.
- Email Gift and Records Administration.
- Speak with a representative by calling 734 647-6179 or 888 518-6179 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern time.
- Use the Chat feature.
I would like to give monthly from my credit card, can I do this online?
Yes. Visit The Leaders & Best Online Giving site to select the funds you wish to support. Add one or more fund(s) to your giving basket and proceed to checkout. Choose “Monthly Credit Card“ as your payment method. Your credit card will be charged your monthly gift amount on the 10th of each month. You can view your monthly credit card gifts on the My Pledges & Gifts section of this site (Note: you must be logged into the site to access this page). Please allow 3-5 business days for changes to be reflected on the website.
Please note: The tribute gift option is not available for monthly credit card gifts.
How can I find out if my company has a matching gifts program?
You can increase your gift to U-M by making use of your company's matching gift program.
If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to our school may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.
Find out if your company has a matching gifts program »
Note: Matching gifts from employers are not eligible to be included in pledge payments. Gift pledges to the University may be fulfilled only through payments from the donors of the gifts.
How can I give a gift of securities, or ‘gifts in kind’?
I received a call from Michigan Telefund. Can I learn more about the program?
Read about our Michigan Telefund program, which trains and employs several hundred Michigan students to contact donors about annual giving by phone.
Where can I find charitable gift planning resources?
Legacy or "planned" gifts can help you support U-M for generations to come. You can choose from a variety of creative ways to contribute, including:
Are there tax benefits to making a gift to U-M?
The University of Michigan has 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt status; our federal tax ID number is 38-6006309.
- Your gift may provide you with federal and state income tax benefits:
- If you itemize deductions on your federal income tax return, you may be able to deduct your contribution to U-M from your adjusted gross income. In addition, gifts of appreciated property you owned for longer than one year may avoid long term capital gains tax. Check with your tax advisor for deduction and capital gains tax requirements and limitations for your situation.
- Your state may also allow a credit or deduction. Again, check with your tax advisor regarding applicable state law.