Gift Giving

Great things are happening at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, thanks in large part to the generosity of the alumni and friends who contribute to the School of Law annually. We encourage you to support our students and our mission by giving online. Learn more about ways to give as well as the campaign goals in support of three projects: the Courtyard renovations, endowed scholarships, and additional funding for the law clinic. 

Types of Gifts

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    Cash and Check

    Cash and check gifts are easy to make and receive. Donors who itemize are entitled to a charitable gift income tax deduction.  Checks should be made payable to:

    Detroit Mercy Law
    Office of Alumni Relations and Development
    651 E. Jefferson Avenue
    Detroit, MI 48226
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    Credit Cards

    Credit card gifts are a quick and easy way to make your contribution (and you may increase your affinity card points). The University is pleased to accept gifts through Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. To make a credit card contribution, you may mail your information, call one of the telephone numbers listed below, or donate online through our secure web site.

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    Securities

    Gifts of securities can be an advantageous way to give. When appreciated securities are given to the University outright, the donor's itemized charitable deduction is the fair market value of the appreciated securities, not the original cost basis. Such gifts eliminate capital gains tax liability and provide income tax savings. To make a contribution by electronically transferring your securities or using stock certificates, please call one of the telephone numbers listed below for instructions. Gifts of securities.

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    Pledge Commitment

    Pledging allows you to make intentional decisions about your financial giving. When you plan ahead for your giving, you make conscious choices about spending your money in ways that reflect your faith and values. Pledge Commitment Form. 

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    Planned Gifts

    Additional methods of giving allow donors to make substantial contributions while providing even greater tax benefits, and in some cases, providing a stream of income for the donor and/or designated beneficiary. Such gifts qualify the donor for the University's Heritage Society. Some of these methods include: Gifts by Will (Bequests); Charitable Trusts; Gift Annuities; Real Estate; Tangible Personal Property; and Retirement Plans. More Information. Contact Julie Hein, Director of Development, School of Law at 313-596-0274 or heinja@udmercy.edu.

Giving FAQs

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    What are the different methods I can use to make a gift to the School of Law?

    There are many ways to give and ensure the future strength of Detroit Mercy Law including cash, checks, credit cards, securities, pledge commitments and planned gifts.

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    Is there a Donor Honor Roll?

    Yes. All donors to Detroit Mercy Law will be recognized in the annual Donor Honor Roll which is published by the University.

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    I want to make a gift but would prefer not to do so online. What should I do?

    Please send your check payable to "University of Detroit Mercy School Law" to:
    Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund
    651 E. Jefferson Ave.
    Detroit, MI 48226

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    Can I designate my gift to a specific program at the School of Law rather than to the general Law School Annual Fund?

    Yes. Gifts to Detroit Mercy Law can be designated to specific programs, such as:

    • Detroit Mercy Law Scholarship Fund
    • The Law Library
    • Clinical Program (for example, the Immigration Law Clinic and the Veterans Law Clinic)
    • Endowed Scholarships
    • Courtyard Renovation Project
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    I have additional questions. Who should I contact?

    For more information, please contact the Director, Alumni Relations and Annual Fund.

Contact Us

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    Contact Development or Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Directors

    Julie Hein

    Julie Hein
    Director of Development,
    School of Law
    313-596-0274
    heinja@udmercy.edu

    April Ellison

    April L. Ellison
    Director, Alumni Relations
    and Annual Fund
    313-596-0202
    ellisoal@udmercy.edu
    Room 209