Giving to the College of Arts & Letters

The College of Arts & Letters (CAL) at Michigan State University aspires to be a national leader in arts and humanities research and education for the 21st century. This ambition requires resources to attract, recruit, support, and retain the best, most innovative and most diverse faculty, graduate, and students. Faculty research, teaching excellence, and enriching student experiences are at the heart of a leading-edge arts and humanities education in which the enduring strengths of the liberal arts combined with new and emerging scholarship committed to digital fluency, civic leadership, and innovation deepen our understanding of the world and address the most complex challenges of our time.

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How to Give?


MSU’s online gift processing system is easy, secure and efficient. The online gift processing system authorizes transactions in real time and does not record or store credit card information. Explore the many ways to make a difference through Empower Extraordinary – The Campaign for MSU:

By Phone

If you are interested in learning more about our mission or making a gift to College of Arts & Letters, please contact Christine Radtke:

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Christine Radtke
Senior Director of Development
(517) 432-6693

By Mail

Please make your check payable to “Michigan State University” and include the name of the fund you wish to support on the memo line of your check. Mail to:

College of Arts & Letters
Office of Development
479 W. Circle Drive, Rm. 317
East Lansing, MI 48824-1044

Where to Give?

Faculty Endowments

Excellence in arts and humanities research and creative activity requires recruiting, hiring, and retaining the very best faculty from traditionally under-represented groups.  Endowed Chairs, the standard of faculty distinction and recognition, are a powerful means to attracting the next generation of MSU faculty—which has a direct impact on future generations of students. As out of classroom experiences, including opportunities for research or other experiential learning become increasingly more important to a students’ academic experience, the role of a faculty member likewise becomes more critical.

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The Power of Faculty Endowments

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Commitment to Research and Student Well-Being

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Leaving a Lasting Legacy for Future Spartans

Undergraduate & Graduate Education

A 21st century arts and humanities education must offer extensive and supported opportunities for students to deepen their awareness of their place in a global world, to cultivate digital fluencies and ethical thinking, and to engage in professional development in order to make a successful transition to meaningful work. To this end, we will created an Undergraduate Arts and Letters Citizen Scholars Program that has aspiration, reward, and elevated expectation dimension and Graduate Fellowships that support research, scholarly, and creative endeavors.

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The Impact of Investing in Graduate Education

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Creating a New Tomorrow Through Donor Support

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Changing a Life Through Undergraduate Scholarships

Programs & Experiential Learning

Acting as a catalyst for extraordinary impact, donors strengthen our liberal arts experiences through their sophisticated understanding of emerging modes of scholarship, communication, and creative activity in a digital age. Their support is visible through initiatives and programs such as The Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel, Summer Circle Theatre, and art exhibitions. These programs are designed to enhance student experiences, our network with other institutions, and the many communities with whom we interact.

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Transforming Student Experiences with New Spaces

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Strengthening Cutting-Edge Research and Teaching

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A Family Commitment to Spartans

MSU Alumni Association Annual Funds

Making an Annual Gift

Thousands of alumni and friends choose to support the college-wide discretionary fund each year. They help support innovative programs and special projects for students and faculty that otherwise could not be offered.

Annual Donor Recognition:

Loyalty Levels:
SPARTAN LOYAL…………………………….$100/year
SPARTAN PROUD……………………………$500-$999/year

SPARTAN STRONG………………………….$1,000-$2,499/year
SPARTAN GREAT……………………………..$2,500-$4,999/year
SPARTAN BOLD……………………………….$5,000-$9,999/year
SPARTAN INSPIRED………………………..$10,000-$19,999/year
Recognition is renewable annually. Lifetime recognition begins at $50,000.