There are many ways to support SNRE’s Blue Leads Green campaign, whether you are ready to give today or choose to commit to a future donation that will impact generations to come.

The simplest and most common way to give is to write a check, but a variety of immediate and planned gift options are available and explained below. If you would like personal assistance or have questions, please feel free to contact the SNRE development office at (734) 763-1577. We are happy to help.



Outright gifts

If you want help SNRE right away, we are ready to accept your donation via check, wire transfer, or online via credit card. Other assets also can be gifted to SNRE today with significant tax benefits for you.


Make checks payable to the University of Michigan. Please include a message regarding the specific designation of your gift and mail it to:

Development Office
School of Natural Resources and Environment
University of Michigan
440 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1041

Credit card

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Please use U-M’s Leaders and Best secure giving portal.



Please call U-M’s toll-free Office of Gift Administration Gift Help Line at (888) 518-7888 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.


Electronic funds transfer

To make a recurring monthly gift, please mail an authorization form, along with your credit card number or a voided check, to:

Gift and Records Administration
University of Michigan
3003 S. State Street, Suite 8000
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1288

Appreciated securities transfer

Gifts of appreciated securities, including stocks or bonds, held for at least one year often result in a contribution larger than what you may have been able to give in cash. This method of giving offers two substantial tax savings. First, you pay no capital gains tax on the appreciated portion of the securities. Second, you receive a charitable deduction equal to the fair market value of the security on the date of the gift up to 30 percent of adjusted gross income, with a five-year carry-over period.

Real estate

A gift of your appreciated real property—such as your home, vacation property, vacant land, farm, or commercial property—can make a real difference at SNRE. You may avoid paying capital gains tax while you receive a charitable income tax deduction. All or part of your real property may be gifted to SNRE by executing or signing a deed transferring ownership. Your gift will generally be based on the property's fair market value as established by an independent appraisal.



Planned gifts

Ensure a legacy of support with a planned gift to SNRE. Our development team can assist you with estate planning that incorporates your commitment to our mission—and the environment at large.


Leave a lasting impact on SNRE through your estate plan, and you’ll receive an estate tax charitable deduction, as well as lessen the burden of taxes on your family. We can provide language to include in your will or trust specifying a future gift to SNRE, whether it is a bequest of a set amount or percentage, or a residuary bequest that leaves SNRE a portion of the estate’s residue.

Retirement assets

Retirement funds make excellent gifts to SNRE. Were these assets passed down to your family, much of their value could be lost through estate and income taxes. By designating SNRE as the beneficiary of all or part of your retirement accounts, the full value of the gift is transferred tax-free at your death, and your estate receives an estate tax charitable deduction.

Charitable gift annuity

Through a charitable gift annuity, you transfer property to SNRE and, in exchange, we pay you a fixed income for life. A portion of your income stream may even be tax-free, and you will receive a charitable deduction for your gift of the remainder to SNRE. Your gift annuity can be funded with cash or appreciated securities, and you may opt to defer your income until a future date, such as your retirement.

Charitable remainder trust

Avoid the high cost of capital gains tax upon the sale of your appreciated assets or sold property, or escape the unknowns of a fluctuating stock market. A charitable remainder trust can provide you with the stability of a fixed income, we well as a charitable income tax deduction for the remainder portion of your gift to SNRE.

Charitable lead trust

Pass on some of your assets to your family while reducing or eliminating gift or estate taxes by establishing a charitable lead trust with SNRE. When you make a contribution of property to fund a trust that pays SNRE income for a number of years, you will receive a gift or estate tax deduction. After a period of time, your family receives the trust assets plus any additional growth in value. Zero tax, family limited partnership, and increasing payment lead trust options also are available.



Make a pledge

During the period of U-M’s Victors for Michigan Campaign, pledges of up to five years in duration are welcomed for endowment, facilities, or annual giving objectives.