Inspire from Within

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Faculty and staff gifts

WSU employees commit themselves every day to bringing Wayne State closer to its mission of academic and research excellence and student success. They generously support a variety of initiatives which contributes to the positive impact felt by countless individuals in our community. When faculty and staff members show their support, it demonstrates to alumni and friends that those closest to the university believe in its mission.

Whether you can give a lot or a little, we hope you will join us in making a financial contribution to the area of Wayne State that matters the most to you

Inspire from Within, the Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign

No matter your philanthropic interests, there's a place for you to Inspire from Within at Wayne State. Support the area that means the most to you, including departmental support, scholarships, urban health research and more.

Ways to give
  • Payroll deduction- Interested employees should complete and submit this form.
  • Credit card- Use our secure, online giving page or call 313-577-2263.
  • Cash/check- Make checks payable to Wayne State University and mail to:
    • Wayne State University Gift Processing
      PO Box 441970
      Detroit, MI 48244-1970
  • Make a planned gift- Achieve your charitable objectives by making a planned gift today. Wills, securities, retirement assets; learn more here.¬†
Warriors who inspire

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Sarah Brownlee
Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Science and Geology

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Andrea Tangari
Associate Professor of Marketing
Mike Ilitch School of Business

Theresa Perlman

Gail Evans-Hoze
Academic Advisor, Industrial and Systems Engineering
College of Engineering

Fareed Y. Shalhout
Associate Director of Student Programs
Educational Outreach and International Programs

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Kanye Gardner
Director of Continuous Quality Improvement
School of Medicine

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Darryl Gardner
Director of the Office for Student Success and Operational Excellence


Q. Why are Faculty and Staff being asked to give to Wayne State?

A. Faculty and staff are being asked to support WSU through the Inspire From Within campaign because your collective support has the potential to make a big impact on the future of our university. Support from our campus community also demonstrates that we believe in the work we do and the opportunities we create, which sends a powerful message to our external supporters. Since tuition pays for less than half of what it costs to educate a student, Wayne State relies significantly on philanthropy. Alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff are key sources of support for the University.

Q. What can I give to?

A. What you support is entirely up to you. You can designate your gift towards any Wayne State University area- student basic needs, urban health research, scholarships and more.

Q: Is my donation tax-deductible?

A: All donations made to Wayne State are tax-deductible. With every donation, our alumni, parents and friends receive a postal thank you letter along with the tax-deductible receipt.

Q. How does payroll deduction work?

A. Payroll deduction is one of the most convenient ways to make a gift. When you enroll in payroll deduction, your gift is automatically deducted from your paycheck for the exact amount and timeframe you stipulate. You can find the payroll deduction form here.

Q. Can I designate multiple areas for my gifts to go towards?

Yes, you can select multiple initiatives that are important to you, and designate your gift to be split evenly between them when you fill out a payroll deduct form.

If you want to make gifts of different sizes to multiple initiatives, you can fill out separate payroll deduct forms (just be sure to check "This is a new payroll deduction").

Q. How is my gift going to benefit Wayne State, my colleagues and me?

You are a valued part of the Wayne State community, and when the University benefits, the community benefits. Many of our faculty and staff members are also alumni, parents of Wayne State students, members of the local community, or students themselves, all of whom stand to benefit alongside Wayne State.