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$1,637,903 Amount raised
4,970 Gifts received

Open Educational Resources and Affordable Textbook Fund

Textbook costs significantly increase the financial burden on college students. No student should feel the need to drop out of classes because they can’t afford the required materials. Through the Open Educational Resources and Affordable Textbook program, the MSU Libraries offer students enrolled in many courses with costly textbooks a way to read those books without buying them. It also provides teaching, learning and research materials that are in the public domain or have been released under an open license. We need your support to expand this program.

This fund empowers MSU students by providing them with access to the textbooks they need to excel in every semester.

Help provide textbooks and other course materials for students!

The Open Educational Resources and Affordable Textbook fund was created to provide textbooks and other educational materials to reduce student costs. These resources include textbooks, videos, course modules, homework assignments and more. Your support of this program will help students succeed. Some books cost as much as $314. We don’t want undergraduates to have to choose between succeeding in a course and getting enough food to eat.

Each gift matters. 100% of the funds raised will go directly to purchasing materials that students can access for study at MSU Libraries.

Meet our champions

Dr. Michael H. VanderKolk (BS. ’74) and Mary DeDecker VanderKolk (Psyc. ’72, Nursing ’75) are alumni who continue to remain active in the medical field. Michael is a semi-retired general surgeon in Traverse City, who works part-time in Outpatient Surgery for Kalkaska Memorial Hospital. Mary retired from Northwestern Michigan College Nursing Faculty, but currently sits on the Michigan Board of Nursing.

In addition to serving the Northern Michigan community as proud Spartans, Mike and Mary have chosen to champion the Open Educational Resources and Affordable Text Book Program to directly impact the cost of higher education students face. They recognize that costs have risen significantly since their time in undergrad, and hope this program — paired with technology and the support of MSU Libraries — helps students with their personal finances.

111 Funded

$12,000 Goal

13,370 Amount raised

75 Gifts received

Challenge Money Awarded

  • Goal Reached
    $1,000.00

Donor Honor Roll

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  • Patricia Chavez-Wilson
    $25.00
  • Kim Swanson
    $200.00
  • Joseph Armovit
    $50.00
  • James Murdoch
    $20.00
  • Anonymous
    $25.00
  • Carl Hempel
    $100.00
  • Willie Wong
    $100.00
  • Sharon Senk
    $100.00
  • Marianne Hultgren
    $100.00
  • Teresa Sullivan
    $100.00
  • Seth and Jessica Martin
    $100.00
  • Harold Gilday
    $20.00
  • Nancy Lucas
    $25.00
  • Melinda Baker
    $100.00
  • Mathias Schueller
    $25.00
  • Julie Taylor
    $50.00
  • Rosemarie Klopfer
    $200.00
  • Lynn Barthlow
    $100.00
  • Heidi Pilath
    $10.00
  • Nicholas Gonzales
    $20.00
  • Anonymous
    $30.00
  • Stacy Lektzian
    $25.00
  • Emily Cordes
    $50.00
  • Anonymous
    $25.00
  • Eva Faulkner
    $50.00
  • Shari Olson
    $20.00
  • Linda D'Orazio
    $100.00
  • Scott Darragh
    $125.00
  • Arlene Weismantel
    $100.00
  • Robert Bignell
    $100.00
  • April Clobes
    $100.00
  • Michael Chaudhuri
    $100.00
  • Ronald Sams
    $100.00
  • Bruce Beier
    $50.00
  • Ranti Junus
    $100.00
  • Meheryar Kasad
    $20.00
  • Anonymous
    $50.00
  • Anonymous
    $100.00
  • Anonymous
    $50.00
  • Anonymous
    $100.00
  • Nancy Waldo
    $100.00
  • Anonymous
    $75.00
  • Karen Baum
    $25.00
  • Mary Schueller
    $100.00
  • Laura Walesby
    $50.00
  • Michael H. VanderKolk and Mary D. VanderKolk
    $5,000.00
  • Anonymous
    $100.00
  • James McLott
    $100.00
  • Dean Neff
    $100.00
  • Richard Anderson
    $20.00
  • xian wu
    $50.00
  • James Strader
    $100.00
  • Jeffrey Herrington
    $250.00
  • Anonymous
    $50.00
  • Anonymous
    $500.00
  • Jessica Mussell
    $20.00
  • Kathryn Portelli
    $100.00
  • Joseph Salem
    $100.00
  • Teresa Miller
    $100.00
  • Lorrey and Kathleen Bianchi
    $1,000.00
  • Anne Swan
    $100.00
  • Carole Armstrong
    $500.00
  • Maria Zagorski
    $50.00
  • Christine DeFord
    $75.00
  • Robert LaFave
    $20.00
  • Anonymous
    $60.00
  • Marcia Fast
    $100.00
  • Roger Millbrook
    $50.00
  • Kay Granskog
    $100.00
  • Lance Lewis
    $250.00
  • Barbara Jean Beers
    $10.00
  • Edward Busch
    $50.00
  • Nancy Kelly
    $100.00
  • Parker Finn
    $100.00
  • Dr. Lauren Julius Harris
    $1,000.00