Your legacy

A lasting impact

As you reflect on your own legacy, consider the long-term impact you can have on the College through an endowment or planned gift — today, tomorrow or years from now through your estate.

Our alumni and friends play a transformational role in moving us forward. Their partnership supports our mission to be the preeminent college of engineering serving the common good.

Many ways to make an impact

By endowing a scholarship, fellowship, professorship or department chair, you can make a difference in the lives of others while recognizing someone important in your own. Planned gifts ensure your legacy and connection to Michigan Engineering is established for generations to come. 

Planned Giving

Gifts through bequest

A bequest is a simple designation in your will or living trust that specifies a future gift of cash, securities or tangible property to Michigan Engineering.

Charitable gift annuity

In exchange for a gift, the University of Michigan agrees to pay a fixed amount each year to one or two beneficiaries (annuitants) for life. When the donor passes, the University receives the gift which benefits a purpose previously determined by the donor.

Charitable remainder trust

Irrevocably transfer cash, securities or other property to a trust. Each year, the trust pays a percentage of its value to you and/or other designated individuals. At the end of the trust term, the remainder will benefit Michigan Engineering. 

Charitable lead trust

Irrevocably transfer cash, securities to a charitable lead trust. U-M receives annual fixed payments from the trust throughout its term. When the trust ends, the remaining assets are distributed to your heirs or others that you designate. 

Gifts of retirement plans or life insurance

A retirement plan can be a tax-efficient and simple way of including Michigan Engineering in your estate plan. Simply name Michigan Engineering as a beneficiary on your plan’s beneficiary designation form.

Gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds or real estate

Make an immediate gift by directly transferring stocks, bonds or other securities to the University of Michigan.

Gifts of brokerage

Make an immediate gift by directly transferring stocks, bonds or other securities to the University of Michigan.


Scholarships help students make the most of their college experience. Not only do scholarships reward academic achievement, but they also enable students to take on new challenges and push past old limits. For many students, scholarship support from the Michigan Engineering Fund makes a critical difference in their decision to come to U-M.


Our graduate students become some of the most promising researchers and academic leaders. Endowed fellowships help rising scholars achieve their goals by easing the financial pressures of graduate education.


Ranking among the top engineering institutions worldwide, we have more talented educators who deserve recognition than we’re currently able to honor. These gifts contribute to our strength by rewarding outstanding faculty members for their accomplishments and providing a flexible means of attracting leading talent to specific disciplines.

Endowed department chair administrative positions

Endowed department chair administrative positions provide leadership resources needed to move our departments to the next level of prestige and advance long-term, strategic priorities.


Michael Drake

Executive Director of Research, Interim Executive Director of Advancement

Tax benefits

Your gift may provide you with federal and state income tax benefits. Your state may also allow a credit or deduction. The University of Michigan has 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt status; our federal tax ID number is 38-6006309. As always, you should consult a qualified tax professional for tax advice.