Support what you love about Michigan Medicine on Giving Blueday

March 15, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Giving Blueday is tomorrow. For this community day of giving, we are celebrating philanthropy and inviting patients, families and our team members to support what they love about Michigan Medicine.

“I recognize that I can contribute to my favorite programs at U-M any time of the year, but there is a powerful and special energy about coming together as a community of donors during Giving Blueday to raise funds for programs that carry the most meaning to me personally,” said Clare Kolevar, a senior administrative assistant in the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine and a Silver Club Advisory Council member. “The Silver Club Memory Programs will forever hold a special place in my heart because my mother was a member of the Silver Club during her final two years of living with Alzheimer’s.”

During last year’s Giving Blueday, 1,638 donors made gifts totaling more than $430,000 to Michigan Medicine. About 8 percent of gifts came from staff and faculty — a record since Giving Blueday began in 2014.

Supporters rallied around a wide range of areas. This year, 37 featured areas hope to keep the momentum going.

Areas seeking support include cancer, pediatric and other research funds; medical school student-run programs; patient support operations; and many more. Visit the Michigan Medicine Giving Blueday website to see all the impactful projects and programs featured for support.

There are many ways to get involved.

  • Give a gift: Make a gift to support your favorite cause within Michigan Medicine or elsewhere at U-M. In many campaigns, a matching gift will double the value of your contribution.
  • Spread the word: Give your social media accounts a #GivingBlueday makeover. Share images on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the day.
  • Thank a friend: Post to social media using #GivingBlueday and recognize a health care professional, or give a shout-out to a friend or community member who gave a gift to U-M.
  • Follow along: The Giving Blueday team will be highlighting milestones throughout the day. Search #GivingBlueday on social media channels or visit to keep up.

“They say that it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to care for someone with Alzheimer’s,” Kolevar said. “The Silver Club was a special part of that village for me. With gratitude and a sense of joy and satisfaction, I’m happy to donate on Giving Blueday to help future Silver Club members in memory of my mom.”