Wayne State University

Foundation Gifts

Local and national foundations support a wide variety of funding priorities across Wayne State, including research, academic programs, community outreach and other initiatives that help make the university a premier institution of higher learning and research, as well as a vital community resource within the city of Detroit. 

  • Wayne State University has a robust research enterprise. In 2015, the university had research expenditures of $214 million. The Carnegie Foundation has designated Wayne State as a university with very high research activity, a classification shared by less than 3.5 percent of universities nationwide.
  • More than 27,000 students attend Wayne State, engaged in learning through more than 340 academic programs.
  • 75 percent of Wayne State alumni live and work in Michigan.
  • Community engagement is an essential part of the university's mission. Numerous programs connect Wayne State students, faculty and staff with the people and vibrant culture of the city of Detroit.

To learn more about foundation giving, contact the Corporate and Foundation Relations team.

Heidi Coates
Assistant Vice President, Corporate and Foundation Relations
313-577-6483
dd3555@wayne.edu

Julianne Bjarnesen
Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
313-577-3479
dc1615@wayne.edu

Julie Burtch
Director, Foundation Relations
313-577-9026
fp4469@wayne.edu

DeJuan Woods
Director, Corporate Relations
313-577-9525

Gayle McAleenan
Foundation Relations Officer
313-577-8847
fz8071@wayne.edu

Cherisse Montgomery
Corporate Relations Officer
313-577-1162

Andrea Mahone
Prospect Research Analyst
313-577-8864
Fax: 313-577-6489
bv7610@wayne.edu

Lynne-Marie Lile
Development Associate
313-577-6476
Fax: 313-577-6489
am6124@wayne.edu