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 Association Program
Alumni Association Programs + FY20 Metrics
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Collaborations during COVID-19 Pandemic
- Career webinars (e.g., “Mastering Virtual Collaboration”), COVID-19 resources page, activities zone, bracket for favorite places on campus, alumni-owned small businesses, global alumni video, alumni messages for the Class of 2020.
- Alumni Association contributed to the fundraising effort to support the University’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund, generating close to $100K.
- Michigan Alumnus magazine: first-person essays from cross-campus stakeholders about the impact of COVID-19 on their lives. A roundup of U-M experts across campuses on what life will be like after the virus.
Alumni Education Gateway: We 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.
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.
Alumni Volunteer: With 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 Blue: Our 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.