Why Support

The UWM School of Education (SOE) is changing the landscape of teaching and learning.

As the largest teacher preparation program in Wisconsin, SOE is crucial for training professionals to meet the growing spectrum of student needs in today’s classrooms.

Through ongoing research, innovative programming, and community partnerships, we are leading the way in early childhood education, higher education administration, adult education, counseling psychology, and more. We are the only institution in the state offering a doctoral degree in urban education, and our unique expertise is routinely tapped locally and nationally.

Classrooms are a kaleidoscope of ethnicity, religion, culture, economics, and abilities, and we are experts at identifying and nurturing culturally aware, compassionate, and highly skilled future teachers. We continually innovate, evaluate, and disseminate information to improve upon current practices in all areas of education. School districts throughout the region are overwhelmingly enthusiastic supporters of our graduates.

Many SOE students also juggle at least one job, in addition to caring for children or elderly adults. They may be the first in their families to pursue a college education or a graduate degree. They have the drive to succeed, but many have pressing obligations that may create barriers to their academic success.

What to Support

The School of Education invites alumni and friends to make a philanthropic investment that will help us prepare the next generation of educators.

  • Scholarships

    To increase student retention and ensure degree completion. In addition to providing rigorous preparation for new teachers from a variety of backgrounds, we strive to help experienced teachers complete advanced degrees and return to their classrooms in a timely mannerFor example, the Milwaukee State Teachers College (MSTC) Scholarship Fund—an endowed fund established by alumni of the MSTC Class of 1941, and now supported by other alumni and friends—has provided generous scholarships to more than 100 SOE undergraduates since the fund’s creation in 2001. Thanks to these awards, MSTC Scholars may spend less time working in outside jobs and more time focusing on their studies—and they will likely graduate with a lower debt burden.

  • Endowed Professorships

    To establish “forever funds” that will attract and retain world-class faculty members who can enrich our students’ experiences and enhance SOE’s research profile.

  • Funding to Ensure Research Excellence

    To broaden the discovery and dissemination of innovative approaches to teaching and learningFaculty research can transform current teaching methods and, thus, enhance classrooms in Milwaukee and beyond. For example, our studies of partnerships between the Milwaukee Public Schools, parents, and community groups have shown a clear impact on students’ growth as young readers.

How to Support

Please consider a gift to the School of Education. You may direct your donation to an individual department or program or to the SOE 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 the School of Education, visit uwm.edu/education or contact:

Carol L. Wacker, CFRE
Development Director, School of Education