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Special Funds

Director's Strategic Fund

This discretionary fund will enable the Museum director to allocate funds for unmet needs and unanticipated opportunities.  Discretionary funds are also used as matching funds for grant applications, often leveraging additional support.

Docent Enrichment Fund

This fund supports educational and social programs for the Museum's student docents.  Gifts will be used for the docent recognition program, speakers for trainings to enrich docent learning, books and other media for a docent library, and social and recreational activities.

Exhibits Fund

Gifts support expenses related to remodeling older exhibits and creating new exhibits.  Costs include the casting of bones, the development of new exhibit labels, and the purchase of equipment, specimens, and materials needed to update exhibit cases. 

Farrand Memorial Lecture Fund

The Farrand Memorial Lecture Fund was established to honor the retirement of Museum Director William R. Farrand (1931-2011) in 2000.  This endowment funds an annual public lecture on a natural history topic. Past topics have included dinosaurs, mastodons, Mars exploration, and biodiversity.

School Field Trips Scholarship Fund

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History welcomes about 20,000 school children, with their teachers and parent chaperones, each year.  The Museum's donor-funded School Scholarship Fund helps schools and students afford the trip.  These funds aid public schools with high percentages of students who qualify for federal free or reduced-price lunch programs, and selected non-profit and independent programs that serve primarily homeless, disabled, minority, and/or high poverty populations.

Winter Term Theme Semesters

Every winter term (January-April) the Museum organizes its program around a coordinating theme.  Past themes have included "The Exhibit Museum Goes to Mars," "Biodiversity," "Mastodons and the Ice Age," and "Explore Evolution."  The winter term 2011 theme was "Water".   Funds are needed to support travel and honoraria for nationally and internationally known speakers, teacher training workshops, and Discovery Days.

To make a gift to one of these funds, contact Nora Webber, Assistant Director for Development, at 734.936.5834 or via email. You can also make a gift at the Giving to the University of Michigan website by clicking on "Make a Gift Online".