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    • Touch the lives of others while creating a lasting legacy
    • Find peace of mind through a wide variety of tax benefits
    • Help the University of Michigan achieve its goals for current and future generations
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The Benefits of MERS

A Way to Give and Receive

This opportunity, known as the Michigan Endowment Return Strategy, or MERS, provides benefits in addition to the traditional charitable remainder unitrust benefits, including the following:

  • Expected out-performance over a long-term horizon with reduced market volatility.
  • Based on the endowment's past performance, it is possible that MERS may reduce higher beneficiary payments over the long run and a larger benefit for Michigan.
  • Access to sophisticated investment management and asset diversification.

Why Invest in MERS?

The primary advantage of MERS over other investment strategies is the expected out-performance of Michigan's endowment portfolio over a long-term horizon with reduced market volatility resulting in higher beneficiary payments over time and a larger benefit for Michigan. As with most investment opportunities, we need to remind you that past results do not guarantee future returns. Please contact the Office of Gift Planning to learn more about how the Michigan Endowment Return Strategy might fit as part of your current and long-term philanthropic and financial plans

How MERS Works

A donor makes a gift of cash or marketable assets, receives a charitable deduction, and an annual income stream. The assets are invested in a separate trust. The payments may increase over time to protect against inflation. The donor directs how the proceeds will be used.


The University of Michigan has 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt status; our federal tax ID number is 38-6006309.

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