Make a Gift

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Astronomy Department. The department has made breakthrough discoveries in recent years, including the first giant void in the universe, half of all known black holes, and the edge of the solar system. We were ranked in the top 10 in research quality in the Kinney Study of the Science Impact of US PhD-Granting Astronomy Departments, and we want to maintain this momentum. To do this, we need to continue recruiting exceptional faculty and students — and to support them vigorously while they’re here.

To read about all of our campaign funding priorities, please click here:

Department Strategic Fund (Unrestricted)

A gift to this fund supports a variety of activities that enhance the research impact and intellectual vitality of the department, such as cross-departmental collaboration, speaker series, visiting lecturers, outreach, and seed funding for faculty research. Undesignated gifts are placed here.

Losh Undergraduate Student Support Fund

This fund supports a range of undergraduate activities, including summer research experiences, distinguished speakers, student clubs and outreach, and student travel to scientific meetings or observatories like Magellan.

Click here to learn more about this beloved professor and the fund that honors her.

Michigan Institute for Research in Astrophysics Fund

This fund supports efforts of the Michigan Institute for Research in Astrophysics to push the field's boundaries through cutting-edge conferences, visiting scholars, and frontier research campaigns.

Click here to give to this fund.

How to Give

  1. By credit card: Click on Michigan Online Giving and designate an Astronomy fund (such as “Astronomy Strategic Fund”) in the Other Area comments box in Step 1.
  2. Faculty and staff payroll deductions: Just complete the Payroll Deduction Form and forward it to the Astronomy Main Office in 830 Dennison for processing.
  3. By check: Send a check payable to The University of Michigan with your fund designation on the memo line to:

    Astronomy Department
    University of Michigan
    500 Church Street
    830 Dennison Building
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1042

Donors are eligible for Presidential Society Recognition, such as the President's Club ($15,000), the Tappan Society ($50,000) and the Hutchins Society ($100,000). In addition, your gift may provide you with federal and state income tax benefits. Please check with your tax advisor.

For More Information

Please contact the Astronomy Department at or visit Michigan Online Giving.

Thank you for supporting Michigan Astronomy!