Donations to the University of Michigan Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) are essential to our operations. Your gift to one of our designated endowment funds (see below) will guarantee that U-M students will have an opportunity, in perpetuity, to study the cultures, histories, languages, and peoples of Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus and contribute to scholarship and involvement in the region. A gift to one of our endowments is the most significant way you can help secure the University of Michigan's position as a leader in the field of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
Gifts may be made to CREES and are deductible as allowed by law. Gifts may be made with cash, checks, or credit cards; matching gifts (please include the appropriate paperwork from the matching agency with your gift) and securities (stock gifts) are also accepted. A life income plan may provide immediate tax advantages and generate annual income streams for you or other named beneficiaries. The University of Michigan will help you select the plan that is best for you and your situation. Call toll-free 1.888.518.7888, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.giving.umich.edu.
Why Give to CREES?
The University of Michigan Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) is one of the nation's foremost institutes for interdisciplinary research and training on Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. A constituent unit of the International Institute since 1993, CREES has been a U.S. Office (now Department) of Education Title VI-supported center for this region since 1959. Regional strengths include Russia, Central Europe (especially the Czech and Slovak Republics and Poland), Southeastern Europe (notably former Yugoslavia), Central Asia, and the Caucasus (especially Armenia).
In addition to long-standing breadth and depth in the core area studies disciplines of history, political science, and Slavic languages and literatures, CREES has an unusually large concentration of faculty in anthropology, architecture, Islamic studies, Judaic studies, and sociology. CREES offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate concentration; undergraduate minors; master's degree; concurrent bachelor's/master's degrees; graduate certificate; and graduate-level dual degree programs with professional schools in business, law, and public policy.
Since the mid-1980s, CREES has sought to build its endowments that help support internships, faculty and student travel, visiting lecturers, and special courses on the region. We hope that you will contribute generously to our effort to build the Center's future financial security by sending your gift or a pledge today.
CREES Gift Funds
The CREES Endowment was established in 1987 with a challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The endowment supports faculty and student travel grants, visiting lecturers, conferences, special courses, and other regionally-specific projects. To make an online donation, click here.
The Czech Studies Fund will support lectures, conferences, film screenings, and other activities featuring Czech culture and society. Funds may also be used to make student travel awards and support the teaching of courses on Czech culture and history. To make an online donation, click here.
For more information on Czech studies at CREES, click here.
The Nicolaus Copernicus Endowment was established at the University of Michigan in 1973. The principal goal of this effort is to provide support for Polish programming and fellowships for students in Polish studies. Income from the endowment supports the Annual Copernicus Lectures and other public programming dedicated to advancing a deeper understanding of Poland, its people, and its culture. To make an online donation, click here.
For more information about Polish studies at the University of Michigan, click here.
The SEES Endowment Fund is used to support Southeast European studies at the University of Michigan. Gifts will support instruction in the Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language; programming initiatives such as lectures, conferences, symposia, and film series; student fellowships in Southeast European studies; and approved projects that ensure the continued advancement of a deeper understanding of the people, culture, and politics of the region. To make an online donation, click here.
For more information about Southeast European Studies at the University of Michigan, click here.
Gifts to endowment funds will be administered as a permanent endowment under MI law and then existing University policies.
For more information on the various ways you can support the University of Michigan Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, contact:
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
University of Michigan
1080 South University Ave., Suite 3668
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106