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Our goal to Give Rise is within reach…
give now, and help us reach it.


We are defined by what we give to each and every student: opportunity.

The bold vision we have for our university demands that we give our students everything they need to succeed. It requires that we continue building our programs of distinction. It demands that we rise to every occasion for students from abroad, for students in need, and for students who will lead the way to our future. And it asks that we open doors to success, well beyond the boundaries of campus. So give your support. Give to help us execute our vision. And give rise to opportunity for every student.


Your support will put these goals within reach.

Support Each
Student’s Success

Eastern wants to give students the support they need — financial, academic, and social — to thrive here. Your support will create more academic and need-based scholarships and strengthen academic support programs.

Advance EMU’s Programs of Distinction

Investment in EMU's standout programs and older facilities will strengthen EMU for decades to come. Your support will help provide for faculty research, experiential learning opportunities for students, and modern, upgraded spaces.

Help Students Excel Beyond the Classroom

Knowledge becomes more meaningful when it is applied. Your support will give faculty resources for experiential learning projects, create scholarships for high-need students, and expand study abroad opportunities and scholarships.

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Donations to EMU mean a lot to me personally, and they are the reason that I'm here today.”


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I definitely think I'm reaching my full potential here at Eastern. I've seen major growth in myself ever since day one.”


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Being able to have involvement in the world of medicine at such an early time in my academic career is so exciting.”


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I got a scholarship here at Eastern, and as an international student, that scholarship meant a lot for both me and my family.”



Each of our donors has a unique reason for giving.

GameAbove was able to provide a way for Jillian Boone (BA09) to give back to EMU through channels she hadn’t thought of before. Many alumni think that the only step to making a difference is to have name recognition or to be able to contribute financially. GameAbove helped Jillian realize that everyone has something to give.

EMU alumnus Michael Bailey Smith (BS88) contributes much of his success to his beginnings at Eastern Michigan University. The former actor and football player proudly calls EMU home, and his time with the University helped set the stage for a lifetime of opportunity. That’s why being involved in giving back is important to him.

For EMU Foundation Trustee, Betty Brown-Chappell, and her husband, Michael Chappell (BS70), giving has become essential to their family. The couple had very different experiences with Eastern Michigan, yet their shared mission of giving back to the University is what makes the two a charitable force to be reckoned with.

Alumnus Keith Johnson (BBA81) is hoping to guarantee that all students are able to continue their education no matter what life throws at them. As a donor to the College of Business Student Emergency Fund, Keith is providing the chance for those experiencing financial hardships to shift their focus back on completing their degree.