Give Green, Be Gold this Giving Day

During Wayne State University’s sixth annual Giving Day, the Mike Ilitch School of Business and other WSU schools and colleges will aim to inspire Warriors around the world to make a collaborative impact on the student experience and a wide variety of key campus projects. The entire Wayne State community will come together on Thursday, April 7, for this 24-hour fundraising campaign.

Giving Day celebrates the Wayne State experience by empowering alumni and friends to support the causes they care most about—projects that affect students, faculty members and programs in the heart of Detroit. Last year, the Ilitch School raised $54,520 during the campaign, increasing the number of individual donors by nearly 50% over the previous year.

This Giving Day, Mike Ilitch School of Business alumni and friends can support one of these highlighted projects as well as a range of other areas that have a direct impact on the school and its students.

Alumni Council Student Experience Fund

The Mike Ilitch School of Business Alumni Council will match every dollar given in support of the school’s student experience fund (up to $3,250) doubling your potential Giving Day impact. Investing in this fund empowers the Alumni Council to seize opportunities to enhance the student experience by financing the Ilitch School’s most engaging and innovative programs as they arise. Examples of past programming include the Elevator Pitch Competition and the 25 Under 25 student awards.

Student Emergency Fund

The purpose of the Mike Ilitch School of Business Student Emergency Fund is to provide scholarships to students currently enrolled in the Ilitch School who have outstanding student account balances and may be at risk for dropping out of school. Eligible students apply for this scholarship through the school’s Frederick Hessler Student Success Center. Funds may be used for tuition, fees and other educational expenses.

Robert and Patricia Forsythe Fund for Global Education

As Robert Forsythe’s successful tenure as dean of the Ilitch School comes to a conclusion, we reflect on his leadership in implementing and expanding several student-focused programs that offer additional experiential learning opportunities for students. Keeping with his strong belief that international travel can be a life-changing experience for students, Dean Forsythe spearheaded efforts to expand the Ilitch School’s international and study abroad programs, and he worked to make these programs more accessible to students from all backgrounds. Funds will be used to increase support for students interested in study abroad post-pandemic.

The M.B.A. Response Student Organization

The Wayne State University chapter of the M.B.A. Response (MBAR) is a collection of high-achieving graduate students who offer pro-bono consulting services to underserved small businesses and organizations. An emphasis is placed on women- and minority-owned entities that otherwise lack access. Project scope and provided services are tailored to meet the needs of each organization and have evolved from an initial focus on COVID-19 pandemic response to long-term sustainability and success. This fund will be used to establish a scholarship fund for MBAR to recruit and retain members and make it easier for them to balance their service to the community with academic, career and family commitments.

Make your mark during Giving Day 2022

A gift of any size makes a difference. The WSU community can take part in the excitement on April 7 by giving online to the WSU projects that inspire them. Giving power can be increased by participating in matching fund challenges. For more information, visit the Giving Day website. To help spread the word, learn more about becoming a Giving Day ambassador.

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