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Giving matters:
Give back what the community needs

Your gift matters

CEHD's leadership in education, human development, and research depends upon the generosity of alumni and friends. When you invest in education, dividends go to everyone.

Your gifts fund scholarships, diversity initiatives, investment in faculty, and other areas that strengthen our academic mission while ensuring collaboration with community practitioners. Your support makes innovation possible while sustaining CEHD’s ongoing work to improve lives.

Our students benefit from a supportive and challenging environment with special opportunities such as research experiences, study abroad and internships. Our faculty are among the best in the world, conducting field-changing research and engaging all students in learning. Our graduates go on to be leaders and in their careers and in their communities – instilled with a commitment to improving lives for children and families.

Gifts of all amounts have an impact, and you can make a difference with your support.

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In 2018-19, donors supported these priority areas:


Student support
$3.2 million

Faculty & staff support

$3.9 million

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New perspectives on education and human development

The Improving Lives campaign seeks to increase private investment to expand our work and capacity for discovery and engagement. This support will ensure the college can attract and retain brilliant faculty thinkers and leaders, recruit the most promising students, and provide the facilities necessary to continue our vital research.
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Impact of giving

Collaboration to inspire learning

Ruth and Harlan Hansen

For three decades, Harlan was a professor of early childhood education at the U of M, inspiring future teachers and sharing his expertise on classroom management and discipline with schools. Read about the Ruth and Harlan Hansen Scholarship.
Read about the Ruth and Harlan Hansen Scholarship

We believe that education plus human development
equals virtually limitless possibility.

Giving to departments and centers

CEHD departments and programs have priorities specific to their student body and research areas. If you would like to support a unit within CEHD, please visit our directory to find your area of interest or contact the development team.