Why Support

Freshwater. No resource is more valuable. No resource is more stressed. No responsibility is more pressing than to preserve our freshwater resources for the future. More than any other natural resource, freshwater benefits humankind and the world in which we live.

Building on 40 years of research excellence, UWM launched the nation’s first School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS) in 2009. Our mission is to promote the health and sustainability of freshwater systems worldwide, through strategic science, the creation of innovative technologies, and the preparation of the next generation of freshwater leadership.

SFS will revolutionize our use and stewardship of the Great Lakes and other global freshwater resources—by engaging our brightest minds, giving them an unparalleled workplace, providing them with the latest research tools, and spurring them toward new discoveries.

What to Support

Your generous philanthropic investment in the following areas will help our students, faculty, and staff make critical advances in freshwater study and research—advances certain to impact our environment and the health and safety of citizens in Milwaukee and around the globe.

  • Graduate Student Fellowships & Faculty Positions

    To support students and faculty already at the school, and also to fund the growth of our academic and research programs. We will double the size of our program and enhance the diversity of our faculty and students.

  • Funding to Develop and Bolster Centers of Research Excellence

    To focus on environmental health and safety, water policy, and management. These centers will leverage industry interests, capture and support economic opportunities, and play a significant role in public health in Milwaukee, throughout the region, and nationwide.

  • Capital Funds

    To grow our world-renowned water research campus on the shores of the Great Lakes and design and construct the nation’s most technologically advanced freshwater research vessel. A truly 21st century “floating classroom,” this vessel will be designed with modern automation, hybrid propulsion and navigation systems, and state-of-the-art analytical, robotic, and underwater exploration tools. It will serve as a Great Lakes icon and improve the management and protection of one of the world’s most precious natural resources.

How to Support

Please consider a gift to the School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS). You may direct your donation to an individual department or program or to the Friends of Water 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 Freshwater Sciences, visit uwm.edu/freshwater or contact:

Eric Leaf
Assistant Dean of Advancement, School of Freshwater Sciences