Seeing the Long View

Philanthropy doesn't start and end with the gift

James Billman with an orchestra in the background

For most donors, gifts are years in the making—inspired and made possible by any number of defining experiences.

Take Dr. James K. Billman Jr. (’69, Natural Science and Honors College). His time at MSU—and the people he met along the way—helped him set the course for a career as a pathologist.

It also motivated him to become a steadfast and generous supporter of student scholarships, endowed faculty positions and the construction of a new facility—the Billman Music Pavilion—for the College of Music.

And if you take the long view of what’s to come, you’ll see that the after-effects of giving will be years in the making, too, perpetuating a cycle of defining experiences for the next generation.

READ MORE about the long-term effects of giving.