MSU Ends Fiscal Year with Historic Fundraising Success | MSUToday

With support from alumni, friends and partners, Michigan State University raised a record $284.4 million in cash and gifts, surpassing MSU’s previous fundraising record of 272.6 million over 2019 and surpassing last year’s total of $232 million.

In a year marked by the opening of the Rare Isotope Beam Facility, a new university building for STEM teaching and learning, and expanding partnerships in Flint, Grand Rapids and Detroit, more than 170,000 individual donations have been given to support the university’s priorities to expand opportunity, advance equity, elevate excellence and strengthen community for all Spartans. Donors made more investments to support students and faculty than in any previous year.

“We are grateful to the Spartans and our friends for so generously supporting the success of our students, faculty and staff,” said President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. “Our community is investing in us like never before, increasing the university’s ability to pursue the goals identified in the MSU 2030 Strategic Plan to expand our excellence and impact.

MSU alumni led the way this year with a 26.6% increase in donations over the previous year, contributing $122.5 million of the total. Nearly 9,700 people contributed to MSU for the first time, representing approximately 14% of total donors.

More than 81% of all dollars raised came from 344 donors who donated $100,000 or more. The largest donation, totaling $17 million, came from alumnus Martin Vanderploeg to create a undergraduate scholarship program for first generation students and to support endowed faculty positions in engineering.

Of the total raised, over $251 million has already been received and made available for day-to-day operations and capital expenditures to support strategic priorities such as:

  • Increase opportunities for students by creating new and increasing investments in scholarship funds.
  • Enable faculty excellence through investments in staffed positions.
  • Support innovative efforts and partnerships to reduce health disparities.


Donations from foundations also increased, rising 25.5% to more than $74.6. millions of support. In particular, the
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation awarded grants totaling $25 millionto support public health schools, academic research and community health collaborations in Flint.

“Private philanthropy fuels MSU’s innovation, our student success, and community impact,” said Kim Tobin, vice president for academic advancement. “Our donors support the university’s mission in many ways, and the success of faculty and students would not be possible without the generosity of the entire Spartan community.”

In all, there were 48 donations of $1 million or more, totaling $157 million. Million-dollar donations in fiscal year 2019 brought in $143 million, making this year’s total the largest million-dollar commitment MSU has ever received.