On her first day working from home and settling into an uncertain and troubling few months, Nell Dority, Senior Director of Corporate Relations for the Business Engagement Center, was asked to find financial support for the University of Michigan’s and Michigan Medicine’s upcoming battle against COVID-19.
Dority extended a donation opportunity to the University of Michigan Credit Union (UMCU). She knew that UMCU had a long history of stepping up to the occasion for the well-being of its community.
“UMCU’s philosophy is people helping people, and we achieve that through our commitment to supporting the University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine and the community. We have and will continue to place a strong focus on philanthropic initiatives that can help the University and Michigan Medicine as much as possible, and our latest donations were a testament to that,” said Tiffany Ford, UMCU President and Chief Executive Officer.
At the beginning of March, UMCU donated $30,000 to Michigan Medicine for personal protective equipment as the national health crisis quickly escalated. Shortly after, UMCU made an additional donation of 100 3D-printed face shields to help faculty and staff at Michigan Medicine who are on the front lines of fighting the pandemic.
“We greatly appreciate UMCU for its compassionate and timely financial response at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Tony Denton, senior vice president and chief operating officer of U-M Health System-Michigan Medicine.
“Their support has made a difference in our overall effort to ensure everyone at Michigan Medicine has proper personal protective equipment.”
Through myriad partnerships, in-kind donations, sponsorships and more, UMCU has shown its commitment to the University, and the community since its inception over 60 years ago. This includes gifting a $1.5 million endowment to create the University of Michigan Credit Union Arts Adventures program at the University Musical Society (UMS) and University of Michigan Museum of Arts (UMMA) to ensure access to the arts for thousands of southeast Michigan community members, U-M students, faculty and staff.
“At UMCU, creating strong connections and partnerships in Ann Arbor is a top priority because when our contributions can make a difference, we know the community thrives. We’re truly grateful to be able to make a positive impact for the University and Michigan Medicine right now, and will continue to in the future,” said Ford.
Dority and the Business Engagement Center team are prioritizing solutions and support for COVID-19 with industry partners on campus. She shares, “We’re grateful to organizations like UMCU who are fighting this battle with us. It is in working together that we will meet the needs of those in our community affected by COVID-19 and move beyond to solutions that we all need.”