The power of philanthropy: Faculty and staff share why they give

Philanthropy at UM-DearbornNot every great philanthropist is a household name.

While large donations get a lot of attention, the truth is that gifts big and small make a huge difference.

Some of our greatest philanthropists include the faculty and staff at UM-Dearborn who have made gifts over and above the generosity of their daily work. More than 17,000 faculty, staff and retirees have made gifts university-wide in the past five years, supporting more than 3,000 different funds.

Here, UM-Dearborn faculty and staff donors share their perspectives on the power of philanthropy.

  • “I give because UM-Dearborn is preparing students to make the world a better place. I can’t imagine a better reason than that.” — Amy Finley, director of student success, who supports the student food pantry, Alternative Spring Break projects and other student projects.
  • “I give to UM-Dearborn because I’ve seen first-hand how scholarships make a real and lasting difference in the lives of our students.” — Susan Gedert, CASL communications editor and alumni affiliate coordinator, who supports the CASL Alumni Affiliate scholarship.
  • “Giving to UM-Dearborn is the best way to directly affect the community we live in.” — Noel Hornbacher, director of financial services, who supports athletics.
  • “I want to encourage a new generation of students to reach their goals. Having been on the receiving end of a scholarship in my own undergraduate years, I think it’s important to pay it forward.” — Susan Baker, Czarnecki Collegiate Professor of Accounting, who supports scholarship funding, department development funds and the student honor society.
  • “Help out whenever you can—a little money can go a very long way.” –Susan Everett, chair, Department of Education, who supports the CEHHS Curriculum Knowledge Center.
  • “I made my first gift to UM-Dearborn this year. A gift of any size can make a world of difference to our students.” — Tyler Guenette, Opportunity Scholars success coach, who supports the Opportunity Scholars Program.

These are just a few of the many UM-Dearborn faculty and staff donors who make a difference. Every gift collectively creates opportunities for students, employees and members of our community. Faculty, staff and retirees can give to any part of the university they find important, from scholarships and academics to research and beyond during Give from Within––the faculty, staff and retirees fundraising campaign.

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