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The University of Michigan has a deep tradition of giving from alumni and friends. The School of Kinesiology invites individuals, corporations and foundations to consider investing in our students, faculty and research.

Ways to Give

Give Now

Annual gifts from alumni, parents and friends provide critical funds that are immediately available and vital for the success of the University. They help meet emerging challenges and contribute toward student aid, research opportunities, global initiatives, and much more. Be a Victor for Kinesiology by making an online gift. 

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Estate & Planned Giving

Planned Giving helps you meet your personal, financial and estate planning goals by making a lifetime or bequest charitable gift. There are many options that allow you to take advantage of charitable giving deductions while providing you with income. Please contact Louis Perdue at perduel@umich.edu or 734-615-9678 to discuss further details.

Faculty & Staff Giving

Join thousands of faculty, staff, and retirees who have already made gifts as part of the Victors for Michigan campaign. Gifts can be made outright or set-up as a payroll deduction through our online giving page.

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Foundation Giving

The Office of Advancement works to initiate and cultivate relationships between the School of Kinesiology and private organizations. Whether you are looking to engage with the school or you are a member of the University community with questions about potential foundation partners, we look forward to helping you. Please contact Louis Perdue at perduel@umich.edu or 734-615-9678 to discuss further details.

Matching Gifts

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. Or, go online to your employer’s matching gift webpage and submit a claim. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to U-M may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

To see if your employer will match your gift, please visit the Leaders & Best website's Matching Gifts page: https://leadersandbest.umich.edu/how/matching.

Note: Gift pledges to the University may be fulfilled only through payments from the donors of the gifts. Matching gifts from employers are not eligible to be included in pledge payments.

Parent Giving

Your child is on an amazing adventure here at the School of Kinesiology. During their time at U-M, students discover their true voice, develop their own ideas, and blaze new trails into the future. They collaborate with world-class faculty and form lifetime friendships with other students from around the world. They encounter new perspectives and transformative experiences in extraordinary learning environments, on and off campus. They become the leaders of tomorrow.

Be a Victor for Kinesiology by making an online gift.

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Business Engagement Center

The University of Michigan’s Business Engagement Center (BEC) is industry’s front door to the University of Michigan.They form partnerships between companies and university faculty and students, to advance shared research and education goals.

The BEC is a pathway connecting dynamic organizations with remarkable talent and resources. "We inspire successful collaboration and act as a catalyst to create meaningful, invaluable partnerships. We connect the world’s brightest minds with the world’s greatest companies, sparking innovation and change through collaboration."

The BEC pushes for results for the University, our School, faculty, students, and the organizations they work with. They help form collaborations to make an impact locally, nationally, and globally. Established in 2007, the BEC is sponsored jointly by the U-M Office of Research and the Office of University Development, and is housed in the North Campus Research Complex.

The BEC supports faculty and students by:

  • Connecting students with real-world experiences through internships, jobs, and professional projects;
  • Arranging visits for partner organizations;
  • Helping in the development of Master Research Agreements;
  • Assisting in securing industry letters of interest and support;
  • Soliciting corporate philanthropy for fellowships and professorships;
  • Bringing together faculty and industry for purposes of research, recruiting, consulting, and speaking opportunities.

Download the BEC flyer.

Why I Give


"One of my life goals is to help current and future Kinesiology students ease their financial burdens. I feel that it is important to help alleviate one of the realities of higher education -- the cost."

-- Mike Stack, MVS '04



Victors for Kinesiology (Annual Fund)

Examples of giving opportunities are provided below.

Victors for Kinesiology (Annual Fund)

Read how donors -- like you! -- have already made a difference in the lives of our students and faculty with our campaign priorities:

This is our world, and what we make of it is truly up to us. Click here to donate now:

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Creating a Legacy

Michael Cantor and Dr. Mark Rosentraub

A donor can create a legacy by endowing a named scholarship, research fund, fellowship, or professorship that will impact future generations of leaders and best.

  • Endowed Scholarships. Scholarships provide vital resources for our undergraduate students. They create an environment where obtaining a Michigan education is a reality and may be the difference to enable a person to attend Michigan. Donors who establish a named endowed scholarship have the opportunity impact the life of a student year after year.
  • Endowed Research Funds.  Research is an integral part of the mission of the School of Kinesiology. The research currently being conducted within the school covers many areas including childhood obesity, sport concussions, diabetes, stroke, and Down Syndrome. Endowed research funds provide funding, in perpetuity, for either a general area of research or a specific research topic.  The endowment ensures that the important research continues and that that research can be adapted to remain relevant in today's ever-changing world.
  • Endowed Fellowships. Graduate students set out to solve some of society’s most complex problems. At Michigan, graduate support from donors is critical to allow these emerging leaders take their discoveries and learning to the next level. In the School of Kinesiology, fellowships allow the School to attract the brightest and best graduate students from across the world to come to Michigan and generate new insights about physical activity, health and wellness, and sport management.
  • Endowed Professorships. Faculty educate and inspire; they help define a student’s experience at Michigan. The knowledge and engaged learning opportunities that world-class faculty bring to the classroom make institutions stand apart. Endowing a professorship in the School of Kinesiology allows for the recruitment and retention of top scholars to conduct groundbreaking research and provides resources for fruitful exploration.

    The photo above shows Dr. Mark Rosentraub (right), The Bruce and Joan Bickner Endowed Professor of Sport Management, with his doctoral student, Michael Cantor and his mother.


Contact Us:


Our office is located in:
Kinesiology Building
1402 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2013


Louis Perdue

Major Gifts Officer Senior
Associate Director


Ph: 734-615-9678

Fax: 734-763-1507


Marlon Wright

Associate Director, Development


Ph: 734-647-2689

Fax: 734-763-1507


Joe Gagliardi

Development Director Senior


Ph: 734-615-4272

Fax: 734-763-1507