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Faculty, staff and retiree giving

In Fiscal Year 2020, MSU received 5,025 gifts totaling $4,146,121 from faculty, staff and retirees. On Give Green Day in 2021, MSU received 1,223 gifts totaling $155,967 from faculty, staff and retirees.


Year after year—even strange, unprecedented years like this one—the same people who devote their careers to Michigan State University are also devoting critical financial support to the students, programs and causes they care about.

Recently, MSU's faculty, staff and retirees were a critical part of another successful Give Green Day on March 16.

Spring 2021 Stories


Marian Stoll and Roger Hoopingarner; a bee on a daisy

Pollinating the Next Generation

Emeritus professor Roger Hoopingarner devoted his career to protecting pollinators. His recent gift to fund an endowed professorship in apiculture (bees!) will ensure that MSU’s great work in entomology can continue through a top-notch faculty member. 

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Coach Tom Izzo and alumnus Mat Ishbia

Because of Tom Izzo

Alumnus and former MSU basketball player Mat Ishbia credits much of his success in business to lessons learned under the mentorship of Coach Tom Izzo. Now, he’s paying it forward in a way that will transform MSU Athletics.

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an MSU student gives two "thumbs up"

Thank you for your Give Green Day Support

Faculty, staff and retiree donors supported students with gifts throughout Give Green Day, providing 13 percent of the $1.16 million raised.

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Wadland family

A Family Invested in Service

Family physician, Bill Wadland, spent two decades as a department chairperson in the College of Human Medicine, and all three of his children became Spartans. Bill and his wife Betty are now supporting MSU medical education in rural areas with a new endowment. 

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Barbara Sawyer-Koch

Remembering Barbara Sawyer-Koch

Forward-thinking community leader and philanthropist left a legacy that will help create a better society and benefit people for generations.

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Arthur T. Wilcox

Former Student Honors Faculty Mentor

In a decades long display of serendipity, a professor’s legacy impacted a former student and his family through multiple degrees, wars, jobs and a new generation. Now an endowment ensures the legacy lives on.

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New Tax Law and 2021 Charitable Giving

The CARES Act of 2020 not only aims to provide financial relief from the Coronavirus pandemic but also could influence your charitable giving decisions in 2021.

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