Tax-Deductible Gifts to Michigan State University Horticulture

The Department of Horticulture at MSU is proud to be recognized as the first horticultural department in the country, established in 1857 when MSU first opened its door as a premier land-grant institution. Horticulture at MSU is exceptionally well positioned to grow and respond to the needs of horticultural constituencies throughout the state and beyond. This expectation is based on many advantages: established and developing program and faculty strengths in extension, research, and teaching; exceptional access to facilities and equipment; strong relationships with a wide variety of constituency groups including consumers and the diverse horticulture industries in Michigan; the priorities of MSU; and the continuing financial support of industries and public and private agencies and institutions.

Reasons for Giving:

Private support involves gifts and grants given to the University by people--alumni and friends-and institutions-corporations, foundations and organizations-who are committed to helping MSU fulfill its mission. Motivations for giving are often varied, all are important to The Campaign for MSU. Many individuals view their support as a means of accomplishing personal goals, supporting values and beliefs. Some give simply because they view their support as a good investment. Others value the knowledge and experiences they have received and desire to ensure the same for future generations of students. Perhaps your motivation is to:

  • Remember someone you love or respect-by naming a scholarship, a professorship, a lectureship-even a building.
  • Maintain an interest or affinity in a particular program you want to see grow and succeed.
  • Demonstrate your leadership and your support for higher education.
  • Support your financial or estate planning through philanthropic tax advantages.

Whether you want to make a difference-for a student, a professor, a department, a program-- or challenge others to give, you can show your gratitude for your MSU experience through a gift. All gifts are valuable to The Campaign for MSU because they help us remain among the best public universities in the nation providing the highest quality education.

If you are interested in making a special donation not identified below, please contact:

CANR External Relations
319 Agriculture Hall
Michigan State University
E. Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 355-0284
Fax: (517) 353-4595

If you are interested in making an immediate gift, please consider the following opportunities:

Its easy to make a secure credit card gift online:

  • Click on a designation code below
  • Your selection will automatically appear in the University Development GIFT CART
  • Enter a donation amount
  • Select who should receive donor credit then select Continue
Department Donor Opportunities:
Department of Horticulture Discretionary funds are used to support a wide variety of activities that include teaching, research, extension, and student scholarship. 
Department of Horticulture Endowment Fund - your donation is continually preserved and only a percentage of the investment income is spent annually.  Given their permanence, endowments assure excellence by making certain that quality teaching, research, and outreach can be conducted forever.
Horticultural Teaching and Research Center - our nearest off-campus farm facility located on College Road, provides faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students field, facilities, and equipment to conduct research, provide hands-on learning opportunities, and showcases extension activities.
Southwest Michigan Horticulture Research Experiment Station - for complete information on SWMREC, please visit their web site.
Michigan Vegetable Industry Fund -
Pomology (Fruit) Research - these funds are intended to enhance research for Michigan's various fruit industries.
Horticulture Student Organic Farm Fund
MSU Student Organic Farm Endowment Fund - this fund will support the Student Organic Farm and provide scholarships for students completing the IAT Organic Farming Certificate Program.
Floriculture Endowment Fund - will enhance programs in the floriculture arena, with an emphasis on extension and outreach programs.
Garden Donor Opportunities: 
Horticultural Gardens - your donation will support garden beautification, educational programs, new plantings, structure maintenance, student employment, and many other wonderful activities for the gardening enthusiast to enjoy.
Anniversary Plaza - located to
Anderson Rose Garden 
C. E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum -
Horticulture Friends of the Garden
Kathleen and Milton Muelder Japanese Garden Fund - your donation supports this garden which was dedicated in the memory of Kathleen D. Muelder.
Mawby Fruit Collections - your donation supports fruit production, a working laboratory for horticulture students, and a beautiful public facility.
Brian Vidosh Memorial Fund - gives students a start in ornamental horticulture through internships.
Horticulture Gardens, Bricks, and Garden Walk
Rose Carlson Endowed Internship Program for the Horticultural Demonstration Gardens and the 4-H Children's Garden - donation supports a hands-on learning internship for a student in the MSU Horticulture Department.
Norma Guyer Endowed Visiting Educator Program - provides a unique opportunity for educators to work in the Michigan 4-H Children's Garden, and in the Department of Horticulture.
Master Gardener Idea Garden
Scholarship Donor Opportunities:
Department of Horticulture Working Scholarship Fund 
Victor Ray Gardner Scholarship Fund
Carl J. Sellner Endowed Scholarship Fund - provides scholarships for students with an emphasis in fruit production and management.
Darla Paselk Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund - your donation will support students in the Floricultural section of the Department of Horticulture.
John L. Arend Excellence in Graduate Student Research in the Department of Horticulture
Leon R. Christensen Memorial Scholarship Fund - the goal of this scholarship is to assist students of horticulture in completing their studies in the field as well as continue encouraging the entrance of qualified people into the horticulture professions.
Michigan State University Horticulture Club Endowed Scholarship - you donation support MSU horticulture students who are actively involved in the Horticulture Club.
Jordan B. Tatter Scholarship Fund in Horticulture - will provide annual scholarships to students at MSU pursuing a career working with the fruit and vegetable industries.
George and Elva Koths Endowment Fund
Lynn and Stella Bowers Scholarship Fund
John H. Clupper Memorial Scholarship Fund - your donation will be used to support undergraduate scholarships in the Department of Horticulture.






















































Gifts can also be mailed to:
Michigan State University
Department of Horticulture
Attn: Lorri Busick
A288 Plant and Soil Sciences Building
East Lansing MI 48824-1325

Thank you for supporting MSU Horticulture