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How to Make a Gift

Making a gift to Michigan Law can be as simple as writing a check or contributing online. Or you may require professional assistance from our Development & Alumni Relations staff. Whatever your needs, we are happy to help.

Your gift to the Law School qualifies as a contribution to a non-profit organization, since the University of Michigan has 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt status. The University's federal tax ID number is 38-6006309

Outright Gifts

Choose one or more of these methods to benefit the Law School now:

  • Online Credit Card Giving  (Note: You may make online pledge payments to any fund, endowment, or other account at the Law School by noting this designation in the Comments field of Step 3.)
  • Credit card or cash/wire transfer: Please call toll free 888.518.7888 and press option 2
  • Securities: Please call toll free 877.647.9090 or email
  • Check: Please make the check payable to the University of Michigan. If your contribution is a memorial gift, please note on the memo line the name of the person you are honoring or remembering.
  • Gifts in Kind: If you wish to make a gift in kind to the Law School, including the Law Library, contact one of our major gift officers.
  • Matching gifts: Please send your gift along with the matching gift form from your employer; we'll do the rest.  Find out if your company participates in a Matching gift program.

Checks and matching gifts with forms may be mailed to:

University of Michigan Law School
Development & Alumni Relations
701 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-3091

Estate and Planned Gifts

Choose one or more of these giving methods to benefit the Law School for generations to come.

  • Bequest
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Retirement Assets Options
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Donor Pooled Income Fund
  • Charitable Lead Trust

Legacy or "planned" gifts help to ensure the excellence of U-M for generations to come. Please visit the gift planning section to find the most effective way to remember Michigan in your own plans.

  • Types of planned gifts: Information about gifts of assets, gifts by will, gifts that pay you income, charitable lead trust, and gifts of retirement-plan benefits
  • Estate Planning: This feature will help you decide which type of gift is most appropriate given your life situation.

Use of Your Gift

If you do not specify a purpose: Michigan Law will designate your gift for the Law School Fund, which supports all facets of the School's mission.

If you wish to designate your gift for a specific purpose: To ensure that your wishes are fulfilled, we encourage you to talk with a member of our Development & Alumni Relations Staff.

Tax Benefits

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 the Law School from your adjusted gross income. In addition, gifts of appreciated property 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.