About the Foundation
The Wayne State University Foundation was established by the university's Board of Governors in 2000 to develop a centralized means of encouraging and managing financial support by private sources. The foundation operates as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and, though independent of the university, participates as a partner with units of the institution in realizing Wayne State's overall advancement objectives.
The foundation seeks to promote advocacy and generate meaningful financial support from private sources as an essential supplement to state appropriations, tuition and research-related income. Such private support allows the university to provide its students, faculty and scientists with opportunities for learning and discovery that otherwise would not be possible financially.
Private gifts supply the critical margin that enables Wayne State to excel in its educational mission and to enhance its public service. The generous contributions of individuals, corporations and foundations are essential to our ability to educate, discover and serve.