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Giving to the School of Nursing

The University of Michigan School of Nursing enjoys a position of preeminence due in large part to private financial support that is essential to remain a leader in education, patient care, research and community service. Alumni are among the most loyal of supporters, and non-alumni, corporations and foundations are also important funding sources.
The U-M School of Nursing has a unique opportunity to make important contributions to the nursing profession and to our society as a growing nursing shortage impacts the lives of individuals and communities. People in the U.S. are already feeling the negative effects of a nursing shortage and some predict the shortage could last up to 20 years.
For the U-M School of Nursing to remain strong, it is essential to increase student scholarships and grants as well as funding for endowed chairs, faculty positions and research. Increased support will enable the School to develop new models for care delivery and nursing leadership, and to provide needed financial assistance to attract the best and brightest students and faculty.
Donations to the School of Nursing can be given by electing to give annually, by making a one-time gift, by honoring someone specific, or by making the School a beneficiary in your estate. For more information about the ways to give to the School of Nursing, please contact the Office of Development and External Relations, (734) 763-9710 or  Gifts to the School are tax deductible, per the current and applicable tax laws. Donors receive recognition from both the School and the University of Michigan.


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Building for the Future: Special Opportunity for Donors

With a ceremonial groundbreaking on April 5, 2013, UMSN began a major new project to meet its instructional space needs in an environment that will foster collaboration and community. Key features of the new building include active learning classrooms, a technologically rich clinical learning center with simulation and skills labs and simulated patient suites. The more than 75,000-square-foot structure on Kingsley Street, just north of the current UMSN North Ingalls Building, will also accommodate offices for student services and a small number of faculty offices (with the balance of offices/ administration remaining in the existing 400 North Ingalls building). The building is expected to open for fall term 2015 use; it's sure to be a celebratory moment when the U-M School of Nursing will occupy a new building for the first time in its history!
The $50 million in funds approved for this project by the University of Michigan will create a space—but it won’t yet be a school without generous support from donors. Equipping learning spaces to their full potential will create software needs and ancillary academic-related expenses. Various programs that will find a home in the new building need to be funded through support not identified in the "brick & mortar" appropriation secured for the construction project itself. With projected continued growth in academic and research programs and increases in student enrollment, UMSN anticipates adding numerous new faculty positions over the next decade. The list of what’s essential to supporting this growth and empowering our approach to contemporary and collaborative health education will be extensive and filled with exciting opportunities for donor participation.
If you would like to make an impact toward creating a healthier world, we want to talk with you about the future of nursing at the University of Michigan. You may give online (click on image below; architect's rendering of the front entrance to the new building ) or contact Colleen Zimmerman, Director of Development, U-M School of Nursing ( or (734) 764-1545), to learn more about special opportunities for donors.
Read more : New Building Project.
Give Online to Support Our Building for the Future Campaign


Other Donor Opportunities

Annual Fund – “Funds for the School of Nursing” 

Alumni Society Scholarships

Gifts in Honor or Memory

Ways to Give

Securing the Future


Banner photo on top of page courtesy of photographer Kazuya Sasahara.