Memorials and tributes come in various forms. By financial gifts or the perfect bench, the UND Alumni Association & Foundation can help you make the memory of your cherished friend, family member, alumna, faculty, staff or UND supporter last a lifetime.

Cash Gifts

In lieu of flowers, a request can be made to make a donation to the University of North Dakota. You can choose to support a specific fund or ask for a gift to any fund the donor prefers. If you are in need of an easy to remember url, please email and we can set it up for you. Checks are also accepted by making them payable to the UND Foundation and mailing them to 3501 University Ave Stop 8157, Grand Forks, ND 58202. 

Benches and Branches: Living Tributes

The University of North Dakota offers an opportunity for you to leave a lasting impact for generations to come, through a gift of dedicating a tree or bench.
Giving a memorial tree or bench is a way to leave a piece of yourself with your alma mater, or to memorialize a loved one who’s impacted your life.

Giving a memorial tree or bench
  • Gifts to memorial trees and benches can be made to the Campus Beautification fund 
  • Minimum $2,000 gift
  • Gifts support the general ongoing beautification of campus
  • Gifts to memorial trees:
    • Cover the cost of the tree, a plaque and care during the tree's first year of growth
    • Provide for replanting and replacement over time
    • Plaques are 11-by-17-inch stone depicting the UND seal
  • Gifts to memorial benches:
    • Purchase a bench made from recycled composite material and steel
    • Include a plaque
    • Plaques are 11-by-17-inch stone depicting the UND seal

For more information, email or call Cory Lien at 701.777.4353 or

Dedication ceremonies may be held upon request.

The donor may request a specific area for a tree or bench location, which must conform with UND guidelines. Location and tree variety must be approved by Facilities Management.