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Nannes 3L Challenge

The third-year challenge provides students with an opportunity to begin giving back to the Law School, to gain experience in philanthropy before leaving campus, and to see the direct impact of their gift on campus life. While the format of the Nannes challenge has evolved over the years, the goal has remained the same: encourage students to give back to the Law School now and in the future, by educating them on the importance of alumni support.  
For the first 200 3Ls and graduate students who pledge to support the Law School Fund annually for the first four years after graduation, alumnus John Nannes, '73, will contribute $250 to the Law School student organization(s) of the students' choice.  Organizations receive the funding this year, allowing students to see the immediate impact of their pledges on the Law School. This has proved to forge a powerful connection between the idea of giving back and the ability to make an important difference in the life of the Law School community through philanthropy.

The 2012 challenge that ended October 12th, 2012 was one of the most successful yet, with 211 3Ls pledging to give back a record total of $51,165 dollars to the Law School during the first four years after graduation. The students were able to designate $250 dollars of John Nannes’ gift to the organization of their choice; 67 student organizations received a total of $52,750 dollars this year in Nannes funds.  Thank you, John and Class of 2013!


What is the Nannes 3L Challenge?
Each fall, a committee of third-year law students conducts the Nannes 3L 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.
Why is giving to the Law School Fund important?
  • 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.
Do I have to match John’s $250 gift?
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.
When and how do I begin making gifts post-graduation?

A student pays nothing when they commit to the 3L Challenge. 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. You will be able to make your gift online or complete the response form included
in the direct mail reminder.
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.
Make your gift online
Or mail to:
University of Michigan Law School
Development & Alumni Relations
701 S. State Street, 4th Floor
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Questions:  Call 734.615.4500


Dates: September 30 – October 11, 2014
Submit the challenge online or complete a challenge form.
Be sure to review the list of Student Organizations that you may direct John Nannes match to.
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