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Strategic Giving.

Corporate Giving

To learn more about how your company can benefit from a strategic giving program, contact the BEC staff. The BEC can assist you in creating a customized philanthropic program that aligns directly with your business objectives and boosts your company's visibility on campus. For more information, click here.

Featured Strategic Giving Partner: BorgWarner

BorgWarner sponsored three teams of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations in 2012. All three teams were invited to the BorgWarner Headquarters to present their projects to the Executive Council. Pictured from left to right: James R. Verrier, Gerald Lou, Tim Richardson, Marie Moreno, Queenie Li, John McGill, Brett Gilman, Stefan Klein, Rupa Obulreddigair, Timothy M. Manganello, Chris Lanker, Tanu Aggarwal, Benjamin Kosinski, Tian Lian.


BorgWarner’s relationship with the University of Michigan has highlighted an important part of the company’s mission, “to contribute generously of our talents and our wealth in the communities in which we do business.” The philanthropic ideology behind this mission and vision has made them an ideal partner for the University of Michigan. Through their continued research funding and focus on student experiential development and learning, BorgWarner and the University have created a working collaboration that offers a fresh perspective to industry challenges and results in real life business solutions.


Applying classroom theory to real world challenges is a passion shared by both BorgWarner and the University. As a result, BorgWarner sponsors many student focused opportunities including numerous Tauber Institute for Global Operations Multidisciplinary Team Projects and LeadershipAdvantage Program, and is the key sponsor for the SAE Formula Car Team.  These sponsored team opportunities challenge students to work collaboratively and think analytically about business and engineering problems while engaging with industry, giving students real world practical experience outside of the classroom.


BorgWarner recognizes the value of continued research opportunities and education. Through a recent $2 million gift, the company along with Executive Chairman Tim Manganello, created the first endowed department chair in the College of Engineering. This generous endowment is expected to supplement the Mechanical Engineering Department’s funds for research and teaching by approximately $100,000 annually. “It will allow us to explore new ideas that may be high-risk but also high-gain, in research and education.” says department chair Kon-Well Wang.

Additionally, BorgWarner has dedicated $400,000 to name the galleria in the new mechanical engineering building addition. This new addition will enhance research activities through state-of-the art labs and collaborative workspaces.

The partnership between BorgWarner and the University of Michigan is a proven example of how a company’s continued investment to community development is an investment for industry development.


You can increase your individual gift to U-M by making use of your company's matching gift program. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please enter your employer's name in the search box below. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it here completed and signed with your gift. Through the matching gifts program, the impact of your gift may be doubled or possibly tripled. In some instances, companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.