Giving Blueday: Record-setting day of giving

April 12, 2023

On March 15, the Ford School community raised the bar once again for the number of donors in a single day, garnering more than $43,000 for student support. It was part of U-M’s Giving Blueday celebration, a day devoted to philanthropy for U-M causes that people love most.

A record-setting 152 donors unlocked a $25,000 challenge gift from Ford School Committee member Penny Naas (MPP ‘93).

“I give back to the Ford School because I believe in its work to educate and prepare future policy leaders to address our world’s global challenges,” Naas said. “I know that my impact on the issues I care about can be increased exponentially by supporting others. Giving back is important because one can only do so much as an individual—our impact is magnified by coming together as a community, pooling our resources to support the Ford School, and helping to develop future leaders.”

The school also came in 2nd place for the U-M faculty and staff challenge, earning a $2,500 bonus in addition to bragging rights. 

“We are deeply grateful,” said Director of Development Sue Johnson. “Our community showed how much they care for our students and the important work of the Ford School and came together to make a tremendous impact on Giving Blueday.”

2023 Giving Blueday stats:

  • 152 donors
  • 154 gifts totally nearly $18,500
  • $25,000 challenge gift unlocked