Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE –  The fund raising branch of Northern Michigan University has changed its name from the NMU Development Fund to the Northern Michigan University Foundation.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The organizationÂ’s governing board approved the name change at its September meeting.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The change better reflects the organizationÂ’s purpose and mission, according to Martha Van Der Kamp, executive director of advancement.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  “Our former name, the Development Fund, was quite unique and described only a small part of what we do. We acquire, steward and disburse private gifts for Northern, so NMU Foundation is a more accurate description of our operations. The new name also is in keeping with the industry standard,” said Van Der Kamp.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  In addition to the name change, the NMU Foundation and the university have entered into a legal agreement that recognizes the Foundation as a separate entity, working on NMUÂ’s behalf.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  “While operationally little has changed, we have been advised that this type of formal agreement helps to ensure the highest level of privacy for our donors,” Van Der Kamp said.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The new name began appearing on materials at the change of the calendar year.

Prepared By
Cindy Paavola
Director of Communications