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Posted on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 : 10:27 a.m.

U-M in early planning stages of next fund-raising campaign

By Paula Gardner

The "Michigan Difference" generated $3.2 billion for the University of Michigan - and now school officials are considering what kind of fund-raiser would be effective this decade, the Michigan Daily is reporting.

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According to the report, U-M President Mary Sue Coleman and key leaders, including deans, are establishing goals for the next effort.

No specifics have been worked out, according to the report. Read the full story.


Kai Petainen

Fri, Jan 13, 2012 : 6:35 a.m.

"The construction of 22 new campus buildings was financed by money raised from the Michigan Difference campaign" wow. that's awesome stuff. amazing campaign. amazing donors.


Thu, Jan 12, 2012 : 4:26 p.m.

Rather than reply to M; I totally agree. The U-M fund raising campaigns have gotten far more agressive and are every bit as bad as tellemarketers. I may have to just have to hang up the minute they call. I am a proud alum and like to donate when I get the donation info through the mail. I like to donate once a year and do not want to badgered in the process. Too bad the "do not call list" doesn't apply. Hopefully, we'll see many dozens of alums making similar posts.


Thu, Jan 12, 2012 : 5:06 p.m.

That's the part I hate. I really, truly love this city and school. I liked it so much I stayed after graduating. It just sucks the hassling they do.


Thu, Jan 12, 2012 : 4:12 p.m.

U-M's campaigns are the pushiest I've ever seen. I get called called several times a month and always ask them I will not be donating, and they still call. It's such a bad image for such a prestigious university. They look like beggars, not scholars. The "ladder" is also insulting. That's where they start with a high value (Can you donate $1000?) and then work down, asking for $500, $100, $50, and so on. Even if you start with "I'm not donating anything today, I still owe you $8,000 in student loans and am broke," they STILL ask you for five more different dollar values. It's insulting and embarassing.