Stories from UW Faculty and Staff

Seasons of Giving

Individuals make charitable gifts throughout the year. Some choose to make gifts early in the year and others later. Your reasons for giving may vary across winter, spring, summer, and fall.

Time for a “Spring Cleaning” of Your Charitable and Estate Plans

Spring is a wonderful time to think and plan for the year, including charitable planning. Here are some suggestions for your to-do list.


We like to help the charities that helped us, and sometimes we can benefit again.

Off to a ‘QuickStart’

On a typical morning at Doorco Holsteins in Brussels, Wisconsin, Austin Vandertie BSx’22 would be helping his parents milk the 40-cow herd, feed calves, spread manure, or harvest crops on an expanse of land farmed by three generations of his family before him.

UW–Madison receives gift supporting organic agriculture, releases call for proposals

On the heels of the 2018 Harvest of Ideas — a two-day forum designed to explore how the University of Wisconsin–Madison can advance organic agriculture — the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences received a significant gift to support graduate students, outreach and communications in organic agriculture.

High school students experience CALS thanks to generous donation

More than two dozen high school students from Chicago area high schools participated in the 2019 CALS Agricultural Experience, an immersive visit to the college and UW–Madison campus, April 11-13.


Due to the unforeseen hardships brought about by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Renk Agribusiness Institute awarded 9 scholarships to assist students in the continuation of their studies at UW-Madison this fall.


Each year, the Renk Agribusiness Institute awards scholarships to undergraduates majoring in Agricultural Business Management (ABM), Agricultural and Applied Economics (AAE), or pursuing the certificate in Business Management for Agricultural & Life Sciences.

Seven CALS faculty receive college and department professorships

At CALS, we have the good fortune to be able to offer a number of college and departmental professorships and chairships.

Virtual celebration for UW–Madison’s new Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery building now live

The UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) is celebrating completion of the new Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery (MSABD) building today, November 6.

Where There’s a Will, There’s More Than One Way to Be Charitable

It’s a common New Year’s resolution: time to write or update the will! As you consider drafting or updating your will, keep in mind which assets your will can and can’t control.

UW–Madison’s Farm and Industry Short Course announces tuition guarantee for students with family income below $60,000

Training future farmers on the latest science-based management and production techniques is at the core of the College of Agricultural and Life Science’s mission.

The Giving Season Is a Great Time to Establish Your Charitable Legacy

December is the heart of the giving season and is when many of us who are a bit older turn to thoughts about our legacy.

Gifts from Donor-Advised Funds

Many of our supporters have established donor-advised funds to provide support for the various charitable organizations in which they believe. A donor-advised fund is an account offered by a sponsoring organization that accepts a donor’s gifts and then makes charitable donations according to the donor’s directions.

Focusing on Future Leaders

With deep roots in Madison, the Bolz family name is well known across the UW campus and beyond. Their generous endowment for the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the Wisconsin School of Business is a prime example of their longstanding commitment to giving back.