How to Give

Walking on Bascom HillAnnual Giving

Because of alumni and friends, the UW will never stop transforming lives.

Your gift, big or small, makes all the difference to continuing the Wisconsin experience you remember.

If you would like to help maintain UW’s excellence for future generations, please make a gift in to one of the university’s annual funds.

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Gift PlanningGift Planning

You can help ensure the future success of the UW-Madison through gift planning today. Depending on the arrangements you choose, you also can:

  • Reduce your income taxes
  • Avoid capital-gain tax
  • Increase your spendable income
  • Retain payments for life

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At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, scholarships are more important today than ever before. For many talented and gifted young people who dream of going to college, the financial resources may not be available to help them make that dream a reality.

Scholarships provide the essential leg-up that give these promising students the chance to pursue their educational goals.

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Bascom Hill aerialCorporations & Foundations

Corporations and foundations are important partners in the education, research and outreach that takes place on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

UW Foundation’s Corporate & Foundation Relations (CFR) team serves all of UW-Madison’s schools and colleges and works to advance campus-wide initiatives.

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Bascom HallBequests & Wills

A bequest may be in the form of cash, securities, real estate or other property. You should specify that the UW Foundation is to receive a certain amount or percentage of your estate, particular assets or the remainder of your estate after providing for heirs.

To discuss making a bequest or for assistance in drafting language, please contact us.

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RowingMatching Gifts

Employer matching-gift programs can double or even triple your gift to the university.

Search to see if your employer matches charitable gifts:

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Printable FormsPrintable Forms

To send a gift to UW Foundation by mail, please print the gift form and mail it with your gift. You may make a gift to the University of Wisconsin via monthly or quarterly electronic fund transfers.

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Grainger HallNaming Opportunities

Gifts that qualify for naming opportunities are a meaningful and lasting way to impact life at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The gift can serve as an avenue for paying tribute to a loved one or deserving organization.

Naming opportunities are available for endowed scholarships, endowed chairs and professorships, capital projects and other unrestricted endowments.

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Presenting in front of a classroomEndowments

Some of the most effective and far-reaching gifts are those given to create an endowment. Endowed funds are critical to the financial stability of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The present and future revenue streams that endowed funds generate allow colleges and departments to hire faculty, implement programs, advance research and support outstanding students.

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DocumentsSecurities and Stocks

Gifts of appreciated property have been considered the “best value” in charitable giving. That is because there are multiple benefits to making a gift of this type. In addition to a charitable contribution tax deduction, you generally are able to avoid paying capital gains tax on the increase in value of the assets.

Learn how property like this is valued, its benefit to you as a donor and how to transfer these properties.

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