Wisconsin Dividends

The Dividends newsletter is produced by the Office of Gift Planning as a resource for those who may be working on their charitable financial plans. Each issue features a member of the Wisconsin Legacy Society and his or her commitment to the University of Wisconsin – Madison, as well as informative articles on a variety of gift planning topics. If you are interested in receiving future issues of Dividends, submit your information here.

Featured Stories

’69 grads Richard and Jennifer Arndt are establishing scholarships in gratitude for their educations—and their love

They met at a UW fraternity mixer (more on that later), earned three degrees from the university, and are incredibly grateful for the affordable education that launched their careers with no debt, so there was little question whether Richard and Jennifer Arndt (both class of ’69) would make a significant gift to the University of... Read more »

Estate gift will further fund scholarship established by Sue and Don Whitaker

Sue H. and Donald R. Whitaker both earned their PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went on to distinguished careers as college professors. In gratitude they established a scholarship in the School of Education that will be further funded with a gift in their estate plan. “Our education at UW-Madison provided us with... Read more »

Dr. Julie Underwood, former dean of School of Education, makes estate gift

Education Professor Dr. Julie K. Underwood, who for a decade served as dean of the nation’s top public university School of Education, is making an estate gift to the University of Wisconsin-Madison through the UW Foundation. Dr. Underwood, who stepped down as dean last year but still teaches Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and Educational... Read more »

Joan DeBruin ’70 funds scholarships with a trio of gifts

When her husband, Jared, passed away in 2011 after nearly 42 years of marriage, Joan Dickinson DeBruin ’70 honored him by designating the balance of their IRAs at her passing to fund University of Wisconsin-Madison scholarships in both of their names. In 2012 she established a charitable gift annuity and immediately started donating back a... Read more »

Tom and Karen Falk Give $10 Million for Scholarships, Faculty Support

Tom Falk caddied his way into higher education. Karen Falk worked behind the counter of a Rennebohm Drug Store to help her pursue her degree. In the 1970s, when they attended UW-Madison, that was enough.


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