Alumni Association FY20 Year in Review

The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan is an independent and worldwide organization that nurtures lifelong relationships with and among Michigan alumni and the University. Governed by the Board of Directors, the Alumni Association is a committed partner and supporter of the University of Michigan and offers programs and services for all alumni and schools/colleges and units across U-M’s three campuses.

This Year in Review provides a data-based snapshot highlighting alumni engagement with the University through their participation in various program areas. Underlying all that we do is the belief in the value of education to the well-being of society, and a commitment to integrity, diversity, and service through lifelong connection with alumni as well as meaningful cross-campus collaboration.

Alumni Demographics

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Engaged Alumni
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Countries

215,221 engaged domestic alumni. 20,431 engaged global alumni.

Year In Review Map

Program Engagement

Alumni Association Program

Alumni Association Programs + FY20 Metrics

FY20 Metrics

Membership

Membership enables the Association to support alumni in every stage of their lives, whether it’s about planning a trip, looking for the next job, or simply looking for a way to connect with the Wolverine community.

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Active Members

Michigania

Camp Michigania provides alumni families unique experiences on Walloon Lake while promoting lifelong connections among alumni. In FY20, Michigania continued curating top-notch programs with campers, including a Mott Children’s Hospital partnership, 24 faculty forums, and programs facilitated with student groups.

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Alumni Campers

Travel

With Michigan Alumni Travel, alumni can cross a few of those long-standing destinations off their bucket list or go the more immersive route with the Insider Series.

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Alumni Travelers
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Annual Trips

Online Communities

Alumni can join and start discussions around what matters most to them, and this is where the Alumni Directory can be found. Through this platform, alumni can connect locally with clubs and across the U.S. and the globe.

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Unique Users

Alumni Education Gateway

The Alumni Education Gateway brings the academic resources, courses, current events, seminars, and research of the University and its faculty to global alumni in an easy-to-navigate digital format.

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Unique Users

Alumni Career Program

From career webinars to preferred career coaches, alumni can find new ways to move ahead at every stage of their career.

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Webinar Attendees

Club Officers

With club officers’ leadership and support, Wolverines’ power is harnessed collectively – whether they are on the other side of the state or the other side of the world.

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Active Club Officers

Alumni Student Recruiters

Alumni volunteers can give back to the University and share their U-M pride and loyalty by encouraging academically talented students to apply to – and attend – the University.

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Alumni Student Recruiters

Community Service Day

Clubs across the country band together every year for the Community Service Initiative. Collectively, we harness the power of Michigan alumni and direct it towards the greater good.

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Volunteers in FY19*

Club Scholarship

Each year, alumni clubs provide scholarship support to nearly 300 of the best and brightest students from their local areas.

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Scholarship Recipients

LEAD Scholarship

The LEAD Scholars program helps to create a more diverse campus by awarding merit-based scholarships to accepted, underrepresented students. For many, this is how the dream of attending Michigan becomes a reality. Their chosen fields are as diverse as their stories – from medicine to business and the stage, to the vast reaches of space. They stand united in their bonds as LEAD Scholars.

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Current LEAD Scholars
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LEAD Alumni

Alumni Volunteer

Michigan alumni volunteer in different ways. In FY20, club officers and alumni student recruiters continued giving their time, talent, and treasure in supporting our University’s mission.

Giving to the University

U-M alumni who are also Alumni Association members gave to the University more than 10X compared to non-members in FY19 ($4,000 vs $400). They also gave more than 12X in lifetime recognition giving ($50,000 vs $4,000).

Partnership Highlights

Collaborations during COVID-19 Pandemic

Program Highlights

Alumni Education GatewayWe continued to forge relationships across campus to curate relevant content to alumni. Strong partnerships were formed with various units across campus. In FY20, the “Continuing Education Taskforce” was formed with multiple stakeholders, including Engineering, Medicine, Dental, Legal, and Social Work, with a goal to amplify continuing education credit courses offered and share best practices around course delivery.

Alumni Career Program: In FY20, we partnered with Rackham and Ross to execute highly engaging virtual and in-person events. Through these collaborations, units were able to remove budgetary constraints and invite high-quality speakers. Kinesiology, Taubman, UMSI, Stamps, and Athletics have marketed the program to constituents to improve career coaching during the significant unemployment rates amid the pandemic.

LEAD Scholarship

Through alumni support, we can work together towards the goal of creating a college experience without racial or financial barriers, fostering a truly diverse community where underrepresented students from every walk of life gather to learn, grow, and explore the endless opportunities ahead.

Since its inception in 2008, the LEAD Scholars program has provided merit-based, 4-year, renewable scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for 243 Black, 180 Latino, 39 Native American, and three White students.

International Alumni Engagement

With the theme of “New Age Technology and Innovation,” the U-M Bangalore Alumni Event brought together over 200 alumni and friends in India to participate and engage with Michigan and each other. 22 U-M delegates, including President Schlissel and three deans from the Ross School of Business, School of Information, and Taubman College of Architecture, were in attendance. President Schlissel awarded the Hermelin Award to Ross MBA alumnus Gopal Srinivasan.

New Programs

Alumni VolunteerWith efforts and partnerships from multiple stakeholders across all three campuses, a digital solution, “Alumni Volunteer,” has been completed and will be launched to the alumni community in early 2021.

Gen BlueOur new Student Life Membership connects every Wolverine with the people, the resources, and opportunities they need to take their Michigan experience to the next level. Benefits are more than just perks – we have curated a repository of programs and services to help our future alumni succeed in their college career.