Why Give?

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Because we’re proud

Alumni and friends like you assure that the UW-Madison will never stop transforming lives. Your gift, whatever its size, makes a huge difference in assuring the Wisconsin Experience will be available to new generations of students.

Gifts like yours sustain the university and bolster the value of a UW degree. They are investments in the future of the university and the students, faculty and staff who will shape the future of Wisconsin and the world.
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Because we can make a difference

Through gifts from alumni and friends like you, the university has:

  • Helped undergraduates afford to stay on campus
  • Retained faculty members in a competitive market

Inspire and support the next generation of Badgers by making a gift to the Annual Fund.
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Hear firsthand why giving matters

Financial support from scholarships enable students like Amanda to explore the many opportunities the UW has to offer.

The College of Letters & Sciences HONORS and Writing Fellows programs gave Amanda a sense of place at this large university and helped her discover her passion for teaching.
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The Need is Real, The Time is Now

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Support the University of Wisconsin to help continue the tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and public service.

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The role of great public research universities in the world has never been more important. In addition to generating life-changing research, UW-Madison educates a significant number of our future leaders in science, engineering, business, public policy, history, education, law, journalism, and more.

State tax dollars plus tuition built the University of Wisconsin-Madison into one of the top 20 public universities in the world. The university leverages these core dollars to attract double that amount in gifts and grants, making UW-Madison one of the top three research universities in the country. The funding model, however, is shifting dramatically.

Fifty years ago, state funding covered 90 percent of core educational costs; as of 2014-15, it covered about 40 percent of the core budget and 15 percent of the overall UW-Madison budget. That has meant the university has had fewer core dollars to attract outside funding and maintain the quality of a UW-Madison education.