Qualifications for Membership

Bascom HallThe Bascom Hill Society (BHS) recognizes the highest philanthropic commitment to continued excellence at UW-Madison. You can become a member by meeting any of these gift levels:

  • $50,000 in gifts and pledges of cash or appreciated securities. Corporate matching gifts and gifts-in-kind apply.
  • $50,000 in irrevocable deferred gifts, which include pooled income funds, gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts.
  • $100,000 in revocable deferred gifts such as a bequest or revocable trust.

Bascom Hill Circle Membership

Your school or college annual fund gift(s) of $5,000 or more in any one calendar year qualifies you for membership in the Bascom Hill Circle level of the 1848 Society, the first step to full membership. Annual gifts of $5,000 or more to the Chancellor’s Annual Fund or the Great People Scholarship Annual Fund also qualify you for the Bascom Hill Circle of the 1848 Society.

As a member, you will be invited to Bascom Hill Society events. Memberships in the 1848 Society are renewable annually.