In the second year since the public launch of UW–Madison’s All Ways Forward comprehensive campaign, WFAA passed major milestones on its road to the goal of raising $3.2 billion in total donations. The second major matching gift — the Nicholas Match for student support — was completed in 2017, adding $100 million. Total gifts and pledges topped the $2 billion mark in the summer of 2017.

Private support is increasingly vital to the UW’s health, and that trend is unlikely to change. The WFAA endowment grew to $2.7 billion by June 2017, and between July 2016 and June 2017, WFAA transferred more than $253 million to the university. Private gifts and grants now make up about 17 percent of UW–Madison’s budget, making them the third-largest share of the university’s revenue.

Of course, what matters most is the effect that these gifts have on campus. Philanthropy helps maintain the UW’s unique identity and standard of excellence. UW–Madison is the least expensive of the top 25 American universities, and in 2017, 40 of its graduate programs were ranked in the top 10 nationally. The impact of the UW’s research continues to grow: this year the UW ranked sixth among universities in the number of patents acquired.

This section of the report highlights some of the ways that philanthropy continues to move the UW forward: funds that support cancer patients, build the student experience, aid the veterinary hospital, promote the arts, and much more.

WFAA continues to help UW–Madison to pursue the four priorities that Chancellor Rebecca Blank laid out at the start of the campaign: faculty support, student support, the educational experience, and research and innovation.

We know that the University of Wisconsin matters to you, and we greatly appreciate the generosity that Badgers have shown in helping the UW capitalize on the opportunities that define the future. Thank you for helping to keep UW–Madison moving All Ways Forward.

Development Stories from the Annual Report

Nick Named

The Nicholas family honors Ab Nicholas ’52, MBA’55 with a gift to Recreational Sports.

Veterinary Superheroes

Karen Walsh ’81, MA’89 and Jim Berbee ’85, MS’87, MBA’89 help meet the needs of Wisconsin’s four-legged patients.

Dig This Music

With assistance from the Hamel family and the Mead Witter Foundation, the School of Music’s new performance facility starts to take shape.

Garding Against Cancer

WFAA welcomes basketball coach Greg Gard and his wife, Michelle, and helps them to fight for cancer patients and their loved ones.