Why Support

The School of Information Studies (SOIS) develops the skills that connect people with the information they need. We prepare professionals to be the “human side” of information technology, and to serve as leaders in knowledge-based environments. Through our innovative research and scholarship, we contribute to the international knowledge base and to our driving goal of achieving universal access to information.

SOIS enriches the information professions by recruiting students from diverse geographic, cultural, and academic backgrounds. Our programs—an undergraduate degree in Information Science and Technology, a master’s in Library and Information Science, and a Ph.D. in Information Studies—cover the full spectrum of contemporary information needs, access, and practices.

U.S. News and World Report ranks SOIS the number 15 Information School in the nation, making it Wisconsin’s premier program.

What to Support

The School of Information Studies invites alumni and friends to join us and help train the next generation of information professionals. Here are some specific ways you can help:

  • Scholarships

    To help us recruit excellent, diverse students. The library field attracts passionate, fully engaged students, but it lacks high-earning potential—and loan debt is a major obstacle. Scholarships enable SOIS students to graduate on time and to launch their careers with greater financial security.

  • A Computer Lab Space with Cutting-edge Technology

    To enrich the students’ experience and inspire entrepreneurship.

  • Funding for Internships & Community Service Programs

    To deliver information technology services throughout greater Milwaukee and provide hands-on learning opportunities for students.

How to Support

Please consider a gift to to the School of Information Studies. You may direct your donation to an individual department or program or to the SOIS 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
414-229-3298

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
414-229-3067
gemiller@uwm.edu

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
414-229-3067
gemiller@uwm.edu

For More Information

To learn more about the School of Information Studies, visit uwm.edu/sois or contact:

Anne Panter
Director, Major and Planned Giving
(414) 229-­3296
apanter@uwm.edu