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Be a Victor for Nature!

End of Year Donations

Many donors choose to make their gift in support of Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum during this time of the year. The university requires sufficient time to process gifts prior to December 31, 2019, in accordance with IRS rules and regulations. Please note the following deadlines and options for year-end giving:

ONLINE GIFTS BY CREDIT CARD can be made up until 11:59pm on Monday, December 31, 2019 to be counted for tax year 2019. To make your gift online click on the “Donate” button on this page, or visit!/env/mbgna.

GIFTS BY CREDIT CARD BY PHONE can be made by calling (888) 518-7888 (toll free) or (734) 647-6179 (local), M-F 9 AM – 4 PM EST, between December 16 and 31, 2019.

GIFTS BY CHECK BY MAIL must be postmarked by December 31, 2019. Please note: cash and credit card gifts by mail cannot be accepted after December 13, 2019.

Thank you for your support.

Your Gift Makes a Difference!

With over 800 acres of outdoor gardens, trail, nature preserves, children’s areas, and the largest University-owned conservatory in the United States, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum (Matthaei-Nichols) relies on the generosity and involvement of donors for all that we do. From membership gifts that provide support for immediate priorities, to major gifts that dramatically further our mission, your gifts make a difference.

Giving Priorities

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are transformative places where students, faculty and members of the community can connect with and learn from nature. Our land and water ecosystems—home to approximately 20 percent of Michigan’s native flora and to several key endangered plant and wildlife species—are rich in unrealized research and teaching opportunities.  With the help of generous supporters who care about the natural world and share our vision, we’re pursuing a strategy of preservation and growth.

  • Internships
  • Field study and research
  • Campus Farm
  • Nature Education
  • Endowment
  • Collections:
    • Peony Garden
    • Great Lakes Gardens
    • Bonsai and Penjing Garden
    • Gaffield Children’s Garden


Join Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum and help support our work in environmental education, stewardship, and enjoyment. Membership is a wonderful way to show your support, stay connected, and receive many exclusive benefits.

Donation box in conservatory

Tribute and Memorial Gifts

Give a unique gift to celebrate or remember friends and family. Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum can help you commemorate a special occasion or remember a loved one with an enduring gift.

Planned Giving

Create a lasting legacy to a well-loved place through planned giving. Planned giving offers the opportunity to make a larger gift than is possible within one’s lifetime.

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