Two Great Locations, One Organization

Be a Victor for Nature!

Your Gift Makes a Difference!

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 discretionary money to be used wherever the need or opportunity is greatest, to major gifts that dramatically further our mission, your gifts make 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-Nichols has a wealth of opportunities and benefits for members and visitors. You can think of your gift as the plants and pollinators that keep our financial ecosystem healthy. Plan on coming back again and again – you’ll love it here!

What is Giving Blueday?
Giving Blueday is the University of Michigan’s annual day of giving. Scheduled to coincide with Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving following Thanksgiving weekend, Giving Blueday is a day for everyone who loves Michigan to join together to combine their support and maximize impact. The fourth annual Giving Blueday will take place on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, from 12:00 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. EST.

Victors for Nature

The University of Michigan has embarked on a high-profile fundraising campaign, notable for its intensive goals to financially help students. Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum enrich and, in many ways, complete the university.


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.

Planned Giving

Leave 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.

Major Project Priorities

Under the direction of Robert Grese, director of Matthaei-Nichols, our 2015 Strategic Plan identifies six major funding priorities. Protect our signature gardens, support our student interns, and help create a hiking-biking trail to connect Matthaei Botanical gardens with.

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.


Endowments are a wonderful way to make a lasting gift. We have endowments to provide for research, care of gardens and natural areas and student scholarships. You can create an endowment for $25,000 and that money will grow each year. Your gift will last a lifetime.