Created in 2011, the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s 1848 Society is a recognition group that celebrates donors who provide leadership-level support, starting at $1,000, to high-priority discretionary funds for the UW. These participating alumni, parents, and friends recognize the value of annual giving and its capacity to shape the future of this great university. Through their giving, 1848 society supporters ensure a transformational learning experience led by outstanding faculty and staff for all UW scholars. In appreciation of our donors’ trust and investment, the university is committed to using these dollars to maximize the effectiveness of its academic units.
Annual gifts directed to discretionary funds are essential because they are immediately accessible, allowing contributions to be used wherever the UW’s need is greatest. This type of continuous donor support has the power to award life-changing opportunities to students, build vital research connections, and establish the recruitment and retention of exceptional faculty.
Your affiliation with the 1848 Society is determined by annual gifts and pledges you make each year to these funds: