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

Memorial Tree

The University of North Dakota offers an opportunity for you to leave a lasting impact for generations to come. By gifting a memorial tree or bench, you leave a piece of yourself with your alma mater or memorialize a loved one who has impacted your life.

Gifts to memorial trees and benches can be made through the Campus Beautification fund, which supports the ongoing beautification of campus. Please note that the prices for benches and trees may vary.

Gifts to memorial trees: $2,500

  • Covers the cost of the tree, a plaque and care during the tree's first year of growth.
  • Provides for replanting and replacement over time.
  • An 11-by-17-inch granite plaque will be ground-mounted near the tree and engraved with the UND logo.
  • Plaques may include a message approved by UND (maximum of 220 characters, including spaces).


Gifts to memorial benches: $6,500

  • Covers the cost of the concrete pad, bench and plaque.
  • Benches are six feet long and made from black powder-coated steel with the UND flame logo at its center.
  • An etched, bronze plaque will be mounted directly below the UND flame logo. Plaques are 2-by-10-inches, 1/16-inches thick, and are adhered with screws.
  • Plaques may include a message approved by UND (maximum of 220 characters, including spaces).

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

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.