Memorials and Tribute Gifts

Honor Someone Special With a Gift in Their Name

If you have a loved one who has been impacted by Wayne State University, establishing a memorial or tribute gift is a meaningful way to honor them or celebrate a special occasion, such as a birthday, while supporting our mission. Your memorial or tribute gift will extend the legacy of your loved one and will make a difference.

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An Example of How It Works

John and his mother smiling When John's mother passed away, he knew he wanted to do something that would establish a lasting legacy for her. He remembered that during her lifetime she was always praising Wayne State for its tireless efforts to better the community.

John decided to make a gift to Wayne State in his mother's name using appreciated securities. Not only will his mother's legacy live on at Wayne State thanks to the gift, but John also qualified for a federal income tax charitable deduction and eliminated capital gains tax on the securities.

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Next Steps

  1. Contact the Office of Planned Giving at (313) 577-6481 or for additional information on creating a memorial gift at Wayne State.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you make a memorial gift to Wayne State through your estate, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal name: Wayne State University
Address: 5475 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
Federal tax ID number: 38-6028429