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.
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.
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.
This annual fundraising event, held the first Saturday in March, 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 a delightful evening of fine wine and gourmet dining, count on the annual EATS event.
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.