Nannes Third-Year Challenge:
Frequently Asked Questions

“The Nannes Challenge is a fantastic concept and really does incentivize and encourage sustained alumni giving. The increasing financial burden of attending law school makes it all the more important that those that have the ability to give, get in the habit of giving. Where my natural inclination would have been to delay giving to the school until much later in my career, I am now committing myself to pledge in my third year so that student groups can benefit."

Sanjeet Ganjam
Asian Pacific American
Law Students Association

What is the Nannes Third Year Challenge? How does the Challenge work?

Each fall, a committee of third-year law students conducts the Nannes Third-Year Challenge. John Nannes, ’73, makes a contribution to the Law School, and students signing up for the Challenge can designate $250 of his gift to the student organization(s) of their choice. In exchange, the students commit to make a gift to the Law School Fund in each of the first four years after they graduate.

"Funds from the 3L Nannes challenge made up the bulk of our funds this year. It’s an easy and effective way to help Michigan law and its students. Bring able to host events with guest speakers for students to learn from andnetwork with is a great asset to the students and the school as a whole."

Andrew Park
Asia Law Society

Why should I Join the Challenge?

  • The Law School currently receives less than 2% of its budget from the state (in 1953, the state provided 40.9% of the Law School’s budget).  Tuition revenue alone is not enough to cover the remaining expenses.
  • The Law School Fund supports the debt management program and provides need-based financial aid for current students.
  • Alumni participation improves the school’s ability to leverage major gifts from individuals who are paying attention to what UMLS alumni are doing.
  • Alumni participation bolsters the school’s ability to secure grants from national foundations and corporations.
  • Currently, our educational programs rank at the top but our alumni participation in annual giving lags significantly behind our peers. 

 How much is $250 really?

It's $5.21 a month over the four years.  That's the equivalent of foregoing a beer or a venti latte once a month.  


No, the idea is to educate students on the importance of annual giving—emphasis on the four-year giving commitment, not on the total dollar amount. We strongly encourage you to match John Nannes' $250 gift over the four years, but this is not required. If you can only commit to giving $40 every year for the next four years, or $20 for two years and $50 for the two after that, that's fine -- whatever is affordable and meaningful to you.

If I Give less than $250, will John Nannes still donate $250?

Yes, no matter the size of your gifts over the next four years, John Nannes will still give $250 right now.  

"I have had a phenomenal experience at Michigan Law, and felt that it was important to give back. Nannes is a great way to give back to the law school, because not only will it remind me to give in the future, but I can help support student organizations this year."

Diana Cieslak
Henry M. Cambell Moot Court

How many student organizations can I choose?

You can give to as many organizations as you want. You can also designate different amounts to each organization. For example: you could give $200 to one group and $50 to another.

"Alumni donations are very valuable to our group, as they allow us to arrange events for students that would not otherwise be possible.  For example, alumni giving has enabled the Criminal Law Society to organize prison tours, police ride-alongs, and career panels featuring local attorneys and senior law students. The Criminal Law Society also uses this money to arrange special speaker events on topics including capital punishment, white collar crime, exoneration of the erroneously convicted, and police discretionary power."

Amy Livingston
Criminal Law Society

How can I Join the Challenge?

First, get a Challenge form.  You can contact a member of the Nannes 3L Committee, print or submit a form on the website or pick one up:

  1. Box in Law Library Reading Room
  2. Box in Aikens Commons - Upper Level

"I think it's important for alumni to give back because it's important for Michigan Law as an institution to continue to give incoming students the same types of support that the alumni received when they were students. As times change, the needs for Michigan law similarly become more important and require increased support from our alumni community."

Steven Hanton
Black Students Alliance

When and How do I start making gifts post-graduation?

A student pays nothing when they sign the Challenge form. By completing the form, the student agrees to make a gift every year for the first four years after graduation. The first gift is not due for more than one full year after graduation. The UMLS Development Office will send you reminders in May and November annually.” You will
be able to make your gift online or complete the response form included in the direct mail reminder.

"I came to this school and it's been great so to see the reach and resources available to everyone. Especially with respect to student organizations, there's an incredibly rich diversity of opportunities for enrichment. This wouldn't be possible if there were no funding. By giving back, each of us can ensure that things remain strong in the future. Even a small individual contribution from someone like me counts toward the larger scheme. It would be selfish and short-sighted to deny the importance of giving back."

Kevan Ventura
Future Advocates in Training

How will the Law School use My Gifts after graduation?

Gifts will be placed in the Law School Fund, the annual fund of the University of Michigan Law School.  This Fund supports programs that keep Michigan among the top law schools in the world – programs that have set this institution apart for more than 150 years.

"Alumni have benefited, and continue to benefit from, their law school experience. It makes sense that you give back to support those who come after you, and to allow them to have the same experience. Michigan Law continues to be a close community even after law school—giving back makes the community stronger and by giving back, you benefit yourself as well."

Stijin Van Osch
The International Law Society





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