Why Support

Milwaukee Athletics builds passion and pride for UWM student-athletes through championship experiences in academics, sports, and leadership.

Each year, more than 300 UWM student-athletes compete in 15 varsity sports at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. For 31 consecutive semesters, our student-athletes have achieved a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a graduation rate of more than 74 percent. Through their athletic experiences and academic programs, our graduates are prepared for successful lives in their chosen careers and communities.

For nearly 20 years, Milwaukee Athletics has been the premier program in the Horizon League and has claimed the McCafferty Trophy, which is awarded to the conference’s all-sports champion, a remarkable seven times in the last 15 years. All told, Panther teams have won nearly 150 regular-season or Horizon League Tournament championships—including women’s soccer 2015. This continued success enhances UWM’s reputation and creates an exciting, vibrant campus for all of our students.

Milwaukee Athletics brings together the campus community, alumni, and Milwaukee fans— instilling a sense of pride and school spirit in our great university and in the talented student-athletes excelling in the classroom and on the courts and fields.

What to Support

A dynamic Milwaukee Athletics program relies upon private financial support from alumni and friends. We encourage you to learn more about these opportunities and welcome your strategic sponsorship and philanthropic investment.

  • Athletic Excellence Fund

    Your gift to the Excellence Fund is the best way to help provide an unparalleled student-athlete experience. It will further strengthen the experiences of Panther student-athletes, coaches, and teams in their continued pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.Contributions to the Excellence Fund are put to immediate use in the operating budgets of your favorite team(s) and support essential needs in each of our programs: recruiting, equipment purchase and maintenance, pre-season training, facility improvements, and more.

  • Scholarships

    Scholarships alleviate the worries of tuition costs and help keep student-athletes focused on their studies, athletic endeavors, leadership development, and community involvement. This support has a ripple effect thoughout the univeristy—UWM student-athletes are campus ambassadors and role models who help drive school spirit and a positive campus community  environment. Providing the maximum number and size of scholarships allowed by the NCAA enables UWM to compete for elite student-athletes. When the university competes at the highest athletic level, the UWM experience is strengthened for all students.

  • Basketball Practice Facility

    A new, state-of-the-art Basketball Practice Facility will enhance the performance of current Panther Basketball student-athletes, attract the most sought after recruits, and alleviate crowding in the Klotsche Center for all students participating in intramural and recreational sports. The two-story building will be located east of the Pavilion and will be connected via an elevated walk way. The facility will house practice courts, locker rooms, offices, a strength and conditioning area, and an academic support center for Men’s and Women’s Basketball.

How to Support

Please consider a gift to Milwaukee Athletics. You may direct your donation to a specific team or program or to the Intercollegiate Athletics General Fund.

Thank you!

Give Online
Please use the Direct My Gift To dropdowns and the Special Instructions box on the online giving form form to identify the specific fund(s) you would like to support.

Online Giving Form

Give by Phone
Make a gift or pledge over the phone by calling:

Tom Bjornstad
Director of Annual Giving

Give by Mail
Checks or money orders should be payable to “The UWM Foundation” and mailed to:

UWM Office for Development
3271 N. Lake Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53211

To make sure you receive proper acknowledgement, please print the following form and enclose it with your check. Be sure to indicate how you would like to designate your gift.

Printable Giving Form

Matching Gifts
You can maximize your gift to UWM if you or your spouse/partner works for one of the many companies with matching gift programs. Check with your Human Resources Department to see if they match employee gifts to UWM.
Will or Other Estate Plan
To learn more about including UWM in your will or other estate plan, visit our Planned Giving website.
Stock or Other Appreciated Securities
Gifts of publicly traded securities that have appreciated in value allow you to avoid capital gains taxes, while also receiving a tax deduction for your gift. UWM benefits by selling the stock without paying taxes on the gain, and you benefit from knowing that your contribution is larger than it would have been as a cash gift.

Please send (or ask your broker to send) the UWM stock gift form to the UWM Foundation prior to transferring the securities, to make sure you receive proper acknowledgement for your gift.

To discuss a gift of your IRA, gifts of appreciated securities, or any related paperwork, please contact:

Gretchen Miller
Director of Gift Planning and Agreements

Gifts in Memory or Honor of a Relative, Friend, or Favorite Faculty Member
Tribute and memorial gifts provide significant support for UWM, while allowing you to celebrate people and events with special meaning for you.

For more information, or to learn whether a fund has already been created in tribute to or memory of someone, please contact uwmgift@uwm.edu.

Real Estate and Personal Property
Real estate and personal property such as art and jewelry can be used to make a gift to UWM.

For more information about this type of giving, please contact:

Gretchen Miller
Director of Gift Planning and Agreements

For More Information

To learn more about Milwaukee Athletics, visit mkepanthers.com or contact:

Jenny Gryniewicz
Associate Athletics Director – Development