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WMU Foundation

In 1976, a dedicated group of Western Michigan University alumni and friends foresaw the importance and necessity of private funding for public higher education—and the WMU Foundation was established.


The Foundation is an independent, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that operates to raise funds for Western Michigan University. It exists as an independent agency to offer greater flexibility in fund management by operating as a private, not-for-profit corporation. The WMU Foundation maintains private fund accounts from one fiscal year to the next, as well as keeping the confidentiality of donor information.

The WMU Foundation's EIN number is 38-2138856. 


MISSION

The mission of the WMU Foundation is to promote and provide donor investments to Western Michigan University. It accomplishes this mission by maintaining and enhancing an endowment fund, the income from which provides supplemental financial assistance for current University demands. 

The WMU Foundation also fulfills its mission through:

  • Cost-effective fund-raising programs, conducted by the Office of Development & Alumni Relations, that seek participation from the WMU family
  • Prudent and responsible administration of funds entrusted to it by its donors
  • Effective distribution of its resources to areas of priority within WMU

 

The WMU Foundation is administered by the Executive Director/Secretary, who also serves as the Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations, and a volunteer Board of Directors, who oversee how funds can best be used to address the most urgent campus priorities.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lynn Chen-Zhang '91, President, Executive Committee Chair, Designated Director

Stephen K. Parker '79 '07, Vice President

Robert M. Beam '65 '71, Director

James S. Brady '66, Director

Jeanne H. Carlson '68, Director

Philip Chludzinski '80, Director, Finance Committee Chair

Kristen R. DeVries, Secretary, Executive Director, Designated Director

Alessandro (Sandro) DiNello '75, Director 

Sandra L. (Sandi) Doctor '83, Director

Steven A. (Steve) East '90, Director, Real Estate Committee Chair

Stephanie M. Fletcher '66 '72, Director

Joseph L. Gesmundo, Director

L. Leonard Harrison '76 '86, Director, Investment Committee Chair

Joseph B. Hemker '76, Director

Robert L. Herr '67, Director, Audit Committee Chair

William D. Johnston '70 '74, Director

Jennifer L.B Lentner '96, Director

Michael W. Lewis '71, Director

Larry Leuth '74, Director

Matthew D. Mace '98, Director

Kenneth V. Miller '67 '70, Director

Edward B. Montgomery, Designated Director

Floyd L. Parks '55 '64, Director

James K. Sholl '82, Director

Edd Snyder '70, Director

Janice J. Van Der Kley, Treasurer, Designated Director

Mark D. Weishaar '80, Director, Committee on Directors Chair

Christopher C. Womack '79, Director