More than 100,000 alumni and friends give back to Michigan State University each year, donating to programs and scholarship funds that are meaningful to them. These donors ensure that MSU students are provided with an extraordinary education and are graduating, on average, with lower student debt than students from other institutions across the state of Michigan.
To celebrate National Student Philanthropy Month in February, students can visit locations across campus to write thank-you notes that will be mailed to donors thanking them for their generous donations.
Visit this page in January to learn where on campus you can go to craft a hand-written note expressing your gratitude to the donors of the university.
When you’re a Spartan, you’re part of something far bigger than campus’ 5,200 acres. We’re a global community 500,000 strong, and we’re passionate about making the world a better place. Spartans give regularly of themselves to benefit their communities and Michigan State. To celebrate this selfless Spartan spirit, the Global Day of Service was established in 2013. Each April, students and alumni across the globe volunteer on a single day to benefit their communities, demonstrating the power of the Spartan network. Projects are as diverse as the people planning them and include park clean ups, planting trees, building houses and providing meals.
Dating back to 1873, graduating seniors have attempted to “pay it forward” by supporting future Spartans and leaving their mark on campus through class gifts. Starting with “The Rock” in 1873, gifts have included the band shell (1937), smokers lounge in the MSU Union (1956), flag poles for the Administration Building (1982), the Library fountains (1983) and donations to the Sparty Mascot Program (2012). Other class gifts have been more eclectic; the class of 1886 donated a tree to replace one that had been taken by tornado damage, and the class of 1996 gave pencil sharpeners for campus buildings.
Now, students have an opportunity to support whatever part of the Spartan experience is meaningful to them as part of the Senior Class Campaign. Whatever your passion is, there is opportunity for you to pay it forward to the next generation of MSU students. By giving at least $50 within your senior year, you earn a philanthropy cord to wear during graduation. The green and white cord shows your commitment to and support of Michigan State.