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Be Part of a Championship Team Western Michigan University’s Office of Development & Alumni Relations

Be Part of a Championship Team When it comes to your career, you want to make the right move. Those who come to WMU’s Office of Development & Alumni Relations join people bound by a shared set of values and a culture of service and engagement. Take a moment to learn about: Our Culture | Our University | Our Community

Our Culture

! The New Model for Higher Education Fundraising* !

The Office of Development & Alumni Relations is committed to two basic principles: Service and Engagement. These principles are translated into strategic action through an operational model organized into three functional areas: !

* Marts & Lundy Senior Partner Roy Muir’s assessment of WMU’s organizational model.



Gift Development!

Our Core Values They shape the culture and define the character of our office. They guide how we act. They influence our decisions. SERVICE

We are united in shared purpose of serving donors, alumni and all who want to help make WMU great.


We are effective at building existing relationships and activating new ones. We create events and experiences that involve and inspire.


Ours is an organization of people who want to be here, who enjoy being here, and who value the service they provide to the University, its donors and alumni.


Our communications are consistent, motivating and engaging. The stories we share connect person-to-person and prompt actions that change lives.


Our relationships are essential to our success and we treat the tracking of those relationships as a core responsibility of the University.


Ours is an organization comprised of professionals who proudly represent the University on all fronts, to all audiences, at all times.

We are Storytellers is the Office of Development & Alumni Relation’s engaging and informative website, designed to share compelling WMU stories and serve as a portal to make a gift; or access events, experiences and services.

A Distinctive Model with Measurable Results Total Giving in FY2012: $41,575,189 Total Donors in FY2012: 25,844 Total Unique Visits to 100,170 “The gift totals never tell the full story. The impact of our donor’s generosity is most clearly communicated through the transformational experiences made possible by those gifts.” – Jim Thomas, Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations August 10, 2012

People and organizations that excel at engagement are capable of doing great things in the world – they can make a difference.





Our University

A TOP 100 PUBLIC UNIVERSITY WMU is annually ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the TOP 100 PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN AMERICA

One of four such universities in Michigan ranked among the TOP 100 (Western Michigan, Michigan, Michigan State & Michigan Tech)

Western Michigan University Fast Facts •  Founded in 1903 •  1,200 acres of campus, 151 buildings •  WMU is Michigan’s 4th largest research university, attracting a diverse, culturally-rich student body of more than 25,000 students. •  WMU offers more than 240 academic programs to students pursuing degrees through the doctoral level. •  A $100 million gift, the largest ever to a Michigan college or university, was made to WMU in 2011 to launch the new WMU School of Medicine (WMed). •  Home to one of the nation’s oldest honors colleges. •  WMU was chosen by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious honor society, to have one of its chapters. •  The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies WMU among the nation’s fewer than 200 research universities.

225,000 Alumni Western Michigan University’s alumni base is among the Largest 100 in America. WMU alumni live in all 50 U.S. states and more than 140 countries. Three WMU Alumni are listed among Forbes 250 wealthiest Americans.


NCAA Division 1 Western Michigan University successfully competes in sixteen NCAA Division 1 sports

WMU is the reigning CCHA Champion and has made two consecutive appearances in the NCAA hockey tournament.

To Learn More About WMU Points of Pride: Events Calendar: Top WMU News Stories:

Our Community

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo, the home of WMU’s main campus, is midway between Chicago and Detroit. With a population of more than 325,000, Kalamazoo is the sixth largest metropolitan area in Michigan and among the 150 largest in the country. It's large enough to support all the amenities and entertainment found in larger cities; and yet, you can be in the heart of farm country in 20 minutes.

One of the Top Places to Live

Money Magazine has twice included Kalamazoo in its annual list of Best Places to Live. Kalamazoo was also on the most recent list published by The Daily Beast of the 25 Best Cities in America for recent college graduates! Kalamazoo is also home to the world-renowned KALAMAZOO PROMISE - a program that guarantees college tuition to graduates of the Kalamazoo Public Schools.

You know a little about us. Now it is your turn! Are you motivated by a culture that is based on principles of Service and Engagement? Do you enjoy working both independently and in a dynamic team setting? Do you believe it is the outcomes of fundraising that count, not just the activity of fundraising? Are you prepared for every encounter – with a purpose, a great strategy, a solid agenda, and a great story?

If you are interested in a conversation about joining our championship team, please make a confidential inquiry to: Learn more at

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