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Make a plan today to help the victors of tomorrow.

Wills, estate, and planned gifts allow you to create a lasting legacy that will enable the best and brightest minds to experience LSA's powerful, pragmatic, and purposeful education. Your support will foster problem solving in a changing world, yielding ideas and innovations that make a difference in Michigan and around the globe.

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Spirit for Life

Taking the Long View

Tyler Barrett (B.S. ’97) and Kelly McGill-Barrett (B.B.A. ’97) have spent many years as University of Michigan boosters. They’re scholarship donors, student mentors, and, back in the day, Tyler was even a cheerleader—a result of a spring break bet.

The Barretts both credit the skills, life lessons, and friendships they developed at U-M with their desire to give back. Already longtime scholarship donors, the couple cemented their legacy by creating the Tyler and Kelly Barrett Scholarship, ensuring that more talented students can come to LSA regardless of their financial situation. Although they’ve only recently turned 40, the couple will also add to the Barrett Scholarship through a gift from their estate.

“I like the idea of contributing to something over time, and to be able to direct our future donations there—and I like that we will be able to see the scholarship’s impact and know that it will continue for generations to come,” says Tyler.

A Family Legacy

In 1973, to celebrate Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus’s 500th birthday, University of Michigan Sociology Professor Peter Ostafin (Ph.D. ’49) joined with several others to organize a symposium and establish the Copernicus Endowment to honor the man’s intellectual and scientific legacy.

Today, four decades later, Ostafin's daughter Marysia Ostafin (A.B. ’74) is the program’s executive director, and she’s giving back to ensure that this important program continues long into the future. Recently, Ostafin established the Hubert-Ostafin Fund, which will support the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies through a charitable gift annuity and a charitable remainder trust, which provide a lifetime income stream—as well as support to the University in the future. Her gift will ensure that the program her father established continues to produce important research and knowledge in perpetuity.

“I’d suggest to anyone considering where to put their support as they retire to consider gifts that mirror their own interests and passions and support them with whatever contribution they can,” she says.

Michigan Memories

A Gift That Keeps Giving—and Evolving

Larry (A.B. ’68) and Susan (B.S.Ed. ’70) Kessler are showing their appreciation of their experience at LSA through a bequest that will create the Kessler Institute for the Study of Psychology. The institute, which aims to foster deeper research and new discoveries in the field, will support undergraduate and graduate student research as well as research by faculty members and visiting professors. The institute will also bring prominent speakers to campus to spark intellectual exchange, and it will fund an endowed directorship to drive its vision. Additionally, the focus of the Kessler Institute will change every five years in order to address psychology’s most pressing topics.

“Many great ideas are born out of lateral thinking and alternative curriculums,” says Larry. “We hope the institute results in new and continually relevant ways of thinking, which can ultimately be pragmatically applied to make people’s lives better.”

“I am delighted that we have made the decision to give back to the psychology department at U-M,” says Susan. “Larry’s choice of a psychology major has influenced us in so many ways, whether related to his business career or our personal lives.”