The Impact of Gifts

The Kohl Initiative — Finding Common Ground

Announced in May 2019, the Kohl Initiative is already impacting the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs by expanding the school’s public outreach mission, advancing the training of future public leaders, and supporting influential research led by faculty and students.

Nursing students

Research and Innovation: America Needs Nurses

By 2030, the American health care system will need a million new nurses, and the UW School of Nursing is working to mitigate that shortage with a supply-meets-demand approach. The school launched an accelerated bachelor of nursing program in 2017 that is now training students to become registered nurses in just 12 months.

Professor James E. Jones Jr. LLB'56

Faculty Excellence: An Enduring Tribute

The late Professor James E. Jones Jr. LLB’56 was a visionary and a trailblazer for civil rights, labor law, and UW Law School. He returned to the university in 1969 to become UW Law School’s first African American faculty member. A passionate educator, Jones went on to create a teaching fellowship in 1973 in support of underrepresented faculty pursuing tenure-track positions. UW Law’s William H. Hastie Teaching Fellowship remains the oldest program of its kind — and nationally, it is one of just a handful in existence.

Kramer Endres

Educational Experience: Empowering Future Generations

At just 25 years old, Kramer Endres ’17 became the youngest donor to pledge an estate gift to the UW. He forged a connection with the UW long before he became a Badger. Growing up on Lake Wisconsin, Endres was diagnosed early in his life with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, undergoing many surgeries at UW Hospital. Despite his physical challenges, Endres was not deterred from his long-term goals.