Campus Acronyms

UWF is not WARF, WAA or UWMF.


Wisconsin Alumni Association, was organized in 1861 and provides marketing, communications, services and programs that link alumni to the University, the University to alumni and alumni to each other.

The dues-supported, nonprofit organization is open to all alumni, students and friends of the University.


Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, is a private, non-profit organization that supports scientific research at the UW-Madison.

It patents inventions that result from University research, licenses the technologies to companies for commercialization and returns the licensing income to UW-Madison to support further scientific endeavor. WARF made its first grant of $1,200 in 1928 and has contributed more than $900 million to fund research, build facilities, purchase lands and equipment, and support faculty and graduate student fellowships.


University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, is the clinical practice organization for faculty physicians of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

It is the largest academic, multi-specialty physician group in Wisconsin and is dedicated to helping physicians meet the School’s missions of quality patient care, medical education and research.