Taubman Institute welcomes new gift officer
The Taubman Institute has a new ally in its quest to support the lifesaving work of U-M’s most promising clinician-scientists.
Maria Muller has been assigned by the university’s office of medical development to serve as the Taubman Institute’s lead development officer. She’ll be working with benefactors and prospective supporters to create giving opportunities that fulfill the aims of donors while underwriting important institute efforts such as the Emerging Scholars Program.
Muller brings a robust background in higher education fundraising. A native of Ohio, she began her development career at Harvard University, shepherding major gifts for Harvard’s business and public health schools, the Kennedy School of Government and the fundraising activities of the university president’s office among others.
Returning to her Midwestern roots, Muller served as a major gifts officer for the U-M College of Engineering, working with alumni and individual supporters, facilitating corporate support of scholarships, internships and other initiatives. But the special rewards and challenges of engaging support for medical research really appeal to her, she says.
“People want to be actively engaged, and at the Taubman Institute we have very special opportunities for that,” Muller said. “There is a way to help our donors be part of the dynamic conversation about healthcare, and to experience the transformative power of individual philanthropy -- right here where we are aggressively working to save people. For a development officer, that’s rarefied air.”
“We are delighted, and very fortunate, to have Maria as our colleague and champion,” said Taubman Institute Director Eva L. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D. “The scholars and I, along with Mr. Taubman, are very impressed by her acumen, energy and enthusiasm. I know our generous supporters will greatly enjoy working with her.”
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