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You can make a credit card gift using the Online Giving site.


You can make a gift via check or credit card by printing out this form and mailing it to:

Rackham Development and Alumni Relations
915 E. Washington St, Suite 1530
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070


Please call Melissa Herter, 734.764.1125 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday Eastern Standard Time, to make a credit card gift.

Matching Gifts

You can increase your gift to Rackham by making use of your company’s matching gift program.

If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to Rackham may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

Gifts by Bequest, Trust, Gift Annuity, or Stock Transfer

A bequest intention, charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, or stock transfer can help you meet your personal, financial, and philanthropic goals. For more information, including sample bequest language, and to learn which option may be right for you, contact any Rackham gift officer.

  • Sarah Phillips, 734.647.2644
  • Andy Steinhoff, 734.647.4572
  • Jill McDonough, 734.615.2133

Give Now

You can make a credit card gift using the Online Giving site.

Who We Are

Jill McDonough

Jill McDonough

Director of Development and Alumni Relations

With more than 27 years of experience in development, Jill has worked at Rackham since 1999. She earned her B.A. from Villanova University and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan.

Phone: 734.615.2133

Kyah Dubay

Kyah Dubay

Development Communications Officer

Kyah joined Rackham’s development and alumni relations team in June of 2017, bringing content marketing experience and a passion for higher education with her. She is a two-time graduate of Central Michigan University, where she earned her B.A.A in Integrative Public Relations and an M.A. in Communication.

Phone: 734.764.5536

Melissa Herter

Melissa Herter

Donor Relations Officer

With six years professional development experience, Melissa directs and manages the annual giving and stewardship programs at Rackham. She is a U-M alumna and earned her B.A. in Sport Management and Communication from the School of Kinesiology in 2007.

Phone: 734.764.1125

Sarah Phillips

Sarah Phillips

Gift Officer

Sarah joined the Rackham Development & Alumni Relations team in 2016, bringing more than eight years of professional fundraising experience, primarily in higher-ed fundraising, to her position. She has a B.S. in Anthropology from Ball State University and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Saint Xavier University in Chicago.

Phone: 734.647.2644

Andy Steinhoff

Andy Steinhoff

Gift Officer

The University of Michigan is one of Andy’s great loves. She happily returned to Ann Arbor after practicing as an attorney and living in Los Angeles for seven years. As a U-M alumna (A.B. Organizational Studies) and student athlete, she is thrilled to be home and to have the opportunity to connect with Rackham’s amazing students and alumni.

Phone: 734.647.4572

What Your Gift Can Do

$1 to $750

Any size gift is pooled to support graduate student funding in one of the following awards or grants.


Conference Travel Grants

Provides opportunities for Rackham graduate students to become familiar with, and participate in the life of their academic professions by attending domestic or international academic conferences.

Emergency Funds

Helps meet the financial needs of Rackham graduate students who encounter an emergency situation or one-time, unusual, or unforeseen expenses during their degree program. Situations eligible for funding include such events health emergencies, major accidents, expenses related to the death of an immediate family member.


Student Research Grant

Supports Rackham graduate students who need assistance to carry out research that advances their progress toward their degree and defrays costs of conducting clearly defined research projects.


1 Internship

Graduate students pursue their academic work during the summer when they are not taking formal classes. Funding during the summer allows them to collect data, accept unpaid internships in their area of professional expertise, or pursue partnerships with government, industry, or community organizations. These experiences open up new horizons for students to link their academic work with important practical challenges and can be crucial preparation for future careers.


1 International Research Award

Defrays the cost of conducting research projects abroad for doctoral and master’s students, including travel and living expenses, hiring temporary research assistants or transcribers, or purchasing fieldwork equipment or archival materials and other research-related expenses.


1 Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Speeds the process of completing a dissertation and will permit candidates to work full-time on the final stages of their dissertations.

1 Debt Management Award

Designed to lighten the financial burden for students with sizable loan debt who will pursue public interest careers in the fields of Social Work, Social Science, Public Policy, Public Health, Nursing, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology.

Naming Opportunities


Named Candidacy Award

Provides vital funding when a student begins work on their dissertation.


Professional Development Sponsorship

Underwrites an internship or professional development workshop at Rackham such as the Dissertation Writing Institute.


Endowed Fellowship

Leave a lasting, named legacy by supporting graduate students with a fellowship that will enable students to stay focused on coursework and research rather than find a job outside of their studies.

Expendable Fellowship

Much like an endowed fellowship, this award supports graduate students and provides expendable funds to be used at the Dean’s discretion for graduate funding. A donor may specify certain preferences for selected award criteria.


International Fellowship

The Rackham International Student Fellowship assists outstanding international students, particularly those who may be ineligible for other kinds of support because of citizenship.

Recruitment Fellowship

Funds are used to attract exceptional students to the University of Michigan. This funding includes tuition, stipend and health insurance.


Endowed, Named Fellowship

A gift of $1 million or more will establish an endowed, named fellowship that provides a student with complete funding for 1 year. A fellowship may be named as the donor desires, and the recipients will carry that name through graduation.