Giving Programs

Thank you for your interest in supporting academic and outreach programs of UW-Marathon County!
Credit card donations are accepted online through PayPal by clicking "Donate" below, by U.S. mail or in-person at UWMC Foundation office.

Online Donations ... for any purpose.

  • Just click "Donate" below!  Donations via PayPal or any credit card will be recorded as “unrestricted” contributions, unless otherwise requested. 
  • To designate your contribution for a specific purpose or giving program, please note the program of your choice when prompted in the PayPal payment confirmation screen to "Add special instructions to the seller," or contact the Foundation office at 715-261-6280 with your designation.
  • Contributions may be designated for any purpose.  For more information on any giving program, contact the Foundation office at 715-261-6280 or

Donations by Mail

Checks made payable to the UWMC Foundation may be mailed to:

UWMC Foundation
518 South 7th Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Phone: 715-261-6280 

Annual Fund

Your support of the UWMC Foundation Annual Fund Campaign is an investment in the future of the campus and the many services that it provides. These gifts will make an immediate and important difference in the lives of students, faculty, and the community. The Annual Fund campaign kicks off in October and continues on through winter and spring, but Annual Fund gifts are welcomed at anytime. Please fill out the donor card.

Veninga Lecture Series

The James F. Veninga Lecture on Religion and Politics is a public lecture series named in honor of a beloved former Dean at UW-Marathon County and founder of the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS).  Since 2012, these lectures have explored the relationship between religion and politics and informed people about how religious practices and movements have influenced public policy and social norms.  The program seeks to improve understanding and help us find common ground in an increasingly divisive world.  Your support will enable us to continue this vital program. For more information, please visit the WIPPS website.

Endowed Scholarship Fund

This fund is committed exclusively to making scholarship awards based on financial need and academic merit. While gifts of any amount are welcomed, this Fund is primarily composed of named scholarships supported by endowed gifts. A $10,000 endowed fund—the minimum required for a named scholarship--will normally generate an annual scholarship of $500. An endowed scholarship is one of the most important gifts that anyone can make—helping to ensure a legacy that will have an immediate benefit on recipients.

Please see the Endowed Scholarship Fund Giving Form to fill out the pledge form.

Distinguished Faculty Society

A $1,000 lifetime membership (payable over 3 years if so desired) helps establish a legacy that recognizes, encourages, supports and retains outstanding faculty. Earnings on this endowed fund are used to underwrite an annual fellowship, with the recipient being named a Fellow of the Society. Members are invited to attend an annual reception and dinner, held in the fall, the highlight of which is a brief presentation by the winner of the previous year’s award. The newly selected Fellow is introduced to the members. The Foundation has now established an endowment for the Distinguished Faculty Society in excess of $100,000.

Please see the Distinguished Faculty Society Giving Form to fill out the pledge form.

EATS (Educational Assistance Through Scholarships)

This annual fundraising event, held in the fall, involves an evening of fine gourmet foods donated by local chefs, plus a silent auction of unique items. All proceeds are awarded in scholarships to UWMC students.

For more information, please visit the EATS website.

Capital Improvements Fund

UWMC and its sister campuses that comprise the UW Colleges represent a unique partnership among counties, private donors, and the State of Wisconsin. The UW System provides program support through legislative funding, while local governments—in our case Marathon County—provides needed facilities. The County, however, cannot do everything that is needed, and thus support from corporations, foundations, and individuals is important for ongoing capital improvements.

Capital Improvement gifts have helped make possible projects such as: construction of the Art Building, establishment of the Wausau Homes Writing Center, a refurbished Planetarium and certain residence hall improvements. Opportunities for significant giving to improve facilities are ongoing and the Foundation welcomes your inquiries. We also welcome gifts for purchase of new instructional equipment-computers, laboratory equipment, pianos and musical instruments, for example.

While most donations for capital improvements are allocated for specific projects, and thus funds received are expended, some donors seek to meet long-term needs by giving to the Fund so that future needs—including technology and equipment—can be met as needs arise. For example, $50,000 was allocated by the UWMC Foundation to help fund the Art Building.

Please contact Foundation Executive Director Brad Zweck at any time to discuss giving to the UWMC Foundation.