Giving to the Ford School

Inspiring the next generation of leaders

A bold vision. A lasting impact.

The Ford School is a top-ranked policy school at the world-class University of Michigan. Our mission is to inspire and prepare our graduates to take on our communities’ and the world’s most pressing challenges.

The field of public policy involves difficult work that includes strong scientific inquiry and analysis, as well as leadership skills to navigate politics, advocacy and coalition building, communication across differences, and the ability to envision and make change. We have long been known and respected as the leading public policy school for rigorous, objective data and policy analysis, and effective communication.

Gifts provide scholarships that bring talented and diverse students to campus, support internship and applied learning experiences that shape career trajectories, and develop critical leadership skills to have a positive impact on individuals, organizations, and communities. They also underwrite game-changing faculty research that transform how we address society's most intractable challenges and arm policy communities around the world with first-rate academic insights and discoveries.

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Lynn Vendinello (MPP '89): Students can follow in your footsteps.

Research & action

Members of the Ford School community make data-driven discoveries to catalyze public policy change.
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Our alumni

Ford School graduates go on to create a positive impact on people and communities across the globe.
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Meet the problem-solvers, leaders, and advocates who benefit from your gifts.

2021 Eckstein prize

“The history of UI, the politics of expansion and modernization, and even the sociology of poverty and work all affected how people experienced applying for benefits. I even had to talk to computer scientists to learn about how state systems were designed.”
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Margaret E. Weston Endowment for Education Policy Intern

"I am gaining the analytical tools and policy foundations necessary for work in higher education policy research, analysis, and advocacy." Dana Fenster (MPP/MA '20)
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Riecker Michigan Delegation Fellow

"Working on Capitol Hill was something I did not think I would have the opportunity to ever do: I could never afford to spend a summer as an unpaid intern, and had few connections to Congress to leverage into finding job opportunities. Working for Senator Peters was a truly life-changing professional experience." Jackson Voss (MPP '18)
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Meet our donors

Vandenberg Lecture Series

"Hank has written a beautiful biography of Vandenberg, focused on the role of bipartisan compromise essential to the creation of the post-war international order."

Dean Michael S. Barr on Hank Meijer's book about U.S. Senator Arthur Vandenberg. The Meijer Family established the Vandenberg Lecture Series, which focuses on global issues and serves as an intellectual tribute. Their generous gifts also contributed to the Gerald R. Ford Fellowship and the Ford School Leadership Initiative.
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Giving Success

The Ford School community is strong. We are deeply grateful to everyone who invests in our mission and in our students. As part of the University of Michigan’s Victors for Michigan campaign (which closed with great success in 2018), the Ford School raised more than $47 million from more than 1,700 donors, and saw significant growth in key areas. In fiscal year 2020, more than 500 gifts were made solely by Ford School alumni, many of whom elected to give twice or more to support Ford School students in tumultuous times.


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