Every student who gets accepted to UW–Madison should be able to attend, regardless of financial background. Funded solely by UW alumni and friends, the Great People Annual Scholarship Fund supports students from low-income backgrounds who might otherwise not be able to afford a college education. In 2021, 63.5 percent of Great People Annual Scholarship recipients were first-generation college students.Your gift to this fund changes lives — and communities — by breaking the cycle of generational poverty and empowering bright minds to share their talents with the world.
The Raimey-Noland Campaign is a campuswide effort to increase diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging at UW–Madison. This means not only recruiting a larger percentage of students and faculty from underrepresented demographic groups, but also creating a more supportive campus environment where all talented minds belong and thrive. Furthermore, in the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, it means investing in research that addresses social and racial injustice everywhere.You can be part of creating a campus community that attracts new generations of bold leaders.
Wisconsin Alumni Advocacy Coalition
As a public university, UW–Madison is heavily affected by government policies and budgets. We need alumni and friends like you to speak up on the UW’s behalf. The Wisconsin Alumni Advocacy Coalition keeps members up to date on key issues and advocacy opportunities, so you'll be ready to take action when the time is right.Advocates are encouraged to participate at their own comfort level, whether that means communicating with legislators, signing petitions, or simply staying informed on the issues.
WAA Chapter or Affinity Group
Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) chapters are regionally based groups that bring together Badgers who live near each other (e.g., the Twin Cities Chapter, the Orange County Chapter, etc.). Affinity groups are nationally based groups that unite Badgers who share similar backgrounds (e.g., the African American Affinity Group, the LGBTQ+ Affinity Group, etc.). Both types of groups engage in activities such as social events, volunteering, fundraising for student scholarships, connecting with current UW students to support their educational and career goals, and more.
This social media ambassadorship program helps spread the word about important things happening on campus — from spirited Homecoming events to deep insights into groundbreaking research, art exhibits, campaigns, and more. When you join the Social Badgers program, the Wisconsin Alumni Association sends you content to share with your social networks on a regular basis. You'll be helping advance the university's mission — and as a bonus, you'll automatically be entered to win great Badger prizes each month!
Update your contact information.
You might be thinking: "What? But how does that help the university?" The truth is that being able to contact alumni all over the world is one of the ways the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) supports the UW's mission. It allows WAA to spread the word about alumni events, campus news, learning and volunteerism opportunities, and more. If alumni contact info goes out of date, it becomes much harder to raise awareness about … well, anything. Keep your info current and you'll always be in the know about events, programs, and services that matter to you.
Chancellor's Annual Fund
The Chancellor’s Annual Fund is a unique discretionary fund whose impact can be felt across the entire university. Discretionary funds provide leadership with the flexibility to respond to the most pressing problems — both on campus and across the globe — as they arise and evolve. Gifts to this fund allow UW–Madison’s chancellor to direct resources to explore new research possibilities, support students, invest in top faculty, and more.Your support for the Chancellor’s Annual Fund will become part of the UW’s remarkable research, as well as help students build the skills they need to succeed and flourish well beyond our university’s walls.