Intergroup Relations

Giving to IGR

The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a pioneering program that promotes social justice through education.  As a partnership program of Student Life and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, we are in the unique position to enhance the academic learning and holistic development of students.  IGR serves as a model for Intergroup Dialogue in higher education which has spread to many campuses across the United States and Canada.

Your gift to IGR allows us to continue empowering students by building intercultural understanding, breaking down stereotypes, and providing students with the skills needed to be conscious global citizens.

Your gift to IGR supports:

Helping Students Build Intergroup Relations Skills 
Through academic courses, workshops, and dialogue peer facilitation opportunities, we aim to educate, empower, and train students in ways that help them become engaged global citizens and work toward a more just society. 
Enhancing IGR Community Engagement
IGR opportunities such as youth dialogues and other programs empower students to create a welcoming campus culture and beyond, by improving students’ understanding of social identities, intergroup dynamics, and power and privilege in society.  We provide students with unique skills in community building, facilitation, effective communication, and allyhood.
Expanding Research Opportunities
We provide undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to conduct innovative research on intergroup relations and social justice education, using a student empowerment model. This research provides important information on the outcomes of intergroup dialogues and social justice education, while training students in leadership and research skills. Research results also help to continuously improve our social justice and intergroup dialogue programs.
Following are our current funding priorities:
 Facilitator training workshops, Two-Day Overnight Immersion Experience
 Facilitator practicum workshops
 Expanding course offerings
 Faculty affiliates
 Guest lecturers
 Graduate research assistant
 Undergraduate research assistant
 CommonGround Facilitation Training
 Summer Youth Dialogues
 Growing Allies


Why does U-M need my support EVERY year?

Unlike endowment funds, which have specific requirements on when and how they can be used, Annual Gifts are funds that IGR can use for its immediate needs.  Each year, we face unexpected challenges when working to grow and improve our programs for students.  Annual Gifts from donors are vital to ensure our ability to overcome these obstacles and to improve student experience.

Ways to give to IGR:

·         Outright Gifts- Gifts of cash, securities or “gifts in kind” make an immediate impact. Gifts in kind include artwork, books and equipment that may be useful to IGR.

·         Planned Giving- A giving strategy that allows you to make a meaningful charitable contribution while possibly enhancing you and your family’s future financial well-being.

·         Bequests-One of the simplest ways to give, you can leave a gift from your estate within your will.

How to Make Your Gift

In addition to the information provided below, please feel free to call us anytime if you need assistance.

·         Online giving- Use our simple and secure online form to make a gift right now using your credit card.

Giving to IGR

·         Cash, Securities, Gifts in Kind- Find out how to give by mail, transfer or payroll deduction. Discover the advantages of gifts of securities and the opportunity for gifts in kind.

·         Matching Gifts- Take an extra moment to see whether your employer will leverage your giving with a matching contribution.

How does U-M solicit for gifts?

Alumni and friends are contacted via mail, email, and Telefund, U-M’s student telephone fundraising program. Michigan is a big place, so you may be contacted by IGR, the general Annual Giving office, or by someone at a school, college, or other unit on campus. As a whole, we strive to make giving to the University and allocating your gift to the area you wish as simple as possible.  So when you are contacted, remember you can support IGR no matter who reaches out to you, just request that your gift go towards IGR.

We’re here for you!

To speak to us about giving opportunities please contact:

Matt Burrows
Senior Director, Parent & Family Giving and Student Life
Heidi Kirby
Associate Director, Student Life
Kyle Nowels
Assistant Director, Student Life
Pam Drake
Senior Development Assistant, Parent & Family Giving and Student Life
Student Life Development Office
Wolverine Tower, Suite 9000
3003 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1288