Greek Life

The Office of Greek Life supports the fraternity and sorority community at University of Michigan and, works with the four self-governing Greek councils and their affiliated groups to provide support to students with recruitment, intake, event planning, educational programming, social, philanthropic, and logistical needs.  Contributions will provide the Office the opportunity to enrich the lives of the sorority and fraternity members through workshops, forums, and more. With your generous donation, we can continue to provide quality academic, personal, social, and service opportunities that will empower our students to serve, lead, and conduct themselves with high integrity, in accordance with sound values.

There are multiple opportunities to support Greek Life.

Mary Beth Seiler Leadership Development Fund

This endowment honors Mary Beth Seiler for her 37 years of service to the Greek Life Community. Gifts support leadership development, training, and educational opportunities to foster a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment.  Examples include:

  • Annual Presidents Weekend retreat for recently elected chapter presidents of all four councils
  • Training for council executive boards, chapter officers, and alumni advisors
  • Annual Emerging Leaders conference for aspiring leaders within the Greek community
  • Scholarships to attend regional and national leadership conferences
  • Educational programs for members and new members
  • Support for council sponsored leadership programs
  • Staff members to facilitate leadership programs

NPHC/MGC Support Fund

Gifts to this fund will support the fraternities and sororities in the historically African-American National Pan-Hellenic Council and the culturally-based Multicultural Greek Council including programming and educational opportunities for chapters and members. Examples inlcude:

  • Support for culturally-based programming that is planned and executed by each council and offered to the campus community
  • Allow for councils to adequately support the member chapters in innovative, educational, and cultural event planning and preparation
  • Attend national conferences and bring national speakers to campus for chapter and personal development 
  • Develop new and innovative ways to promote the councils, educate members, prevent risk, and engage with the university community

Office of Greek Life Gift Fund

Gifts to the Office of Greek Life support the Michigan Greek Leadership Initiative (MGLI). MGLI is the collective of the various leadership programs and activities offered through Greek Life and currently primarily funded by students, such as:

  • Annual weekend retreat for chapter presidents of all four Greek councils
  • Fall and Winter retreats for the officers of the four Greek councils
  • Interfraternity Development Council for new members of IFC fraternities
  • Junior Panhellenic for new members of Panhellenic sororities
  • Multicultural Greek Council all-member retreat
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council all-member retreat
  • Women Leading Women for new officers of Panhellenic sororities
  • Numerous educational programs for all Greeks on issues such as risk management, hazing, sexual misconduct, alcohol and other drug education, and multicultural awareness

      Ideas for new initiatives include:

  • Weekend Greek Leadership Conference held on campus for all members of the Greek community, utilizing U-M staff expertise as well as bringing other experts to campus
  • A programming fund that would provide grants to individual chapters to host programs they believe would benefit the Greek community and perhaps the rest of campus
  • Programming in the area of mental health

Giving Additional Information

There are many ways you can give to Greek Life

  • Annual Giving- A fund that is put to use where most needed within a fiscal year.
  • 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 Greek Life
  • 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.
  • We would be happy to talk about any of these options with you.

 

How to Make Your Gift

  • We have provided information on how you can make your gift below. In addition, 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.
  • 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 the general Annual Giving office or by someone at a school, college, or 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 student life no matter who reaches out to you.

 

We’re here for you!

We're passionate about connecting donors with Michigan. We welcome questions about Annual Giving and hearing from you about your reason for participating. If there’s something specific you’d like to support and you don’t see it on our communications, please contact us. We’ll help you get your donation to the right place.

 

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