Parents’ FAQ

What is the Parents’ Fund?

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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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It is a general fund that meets specific student needs on campus, including career development, classroom enhancement, research opportunities, and student organizations — all the things that make the UW a world-class place to learn.

Who gives to the Parents’ Fund?

The university relies on the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends of the university. Since 1989, more than 125,000 parents have contributed $7.2 million to the UW.

I already pay tuition for my son or daughter. Why should I also give to the Parents’ Fund?

Most people are surprised to learn that private gifts account for more of the UW budget than tuition. With decreasing state funding, it is private gifts that help the UW continue to provide critical student resources.

How are the Parents’ Fund dollars allocated?

The great thing about the Parents’ Fund is that you get to choose which part of the university your gift will support. Parents choose to support campus libraries and scholarships, as well as their student’s school or college. No matter what area of campus you choose to support, students will see the benefits of your giving.

How do I give?

Giving to the Parents’ Fund is quick and easy through the online gift page.