Why Support

The UWM Libraries connect people, inspire ideas, and transform lives. The Libraries serve the learning and research needs of the campus, as well as local and international scholarly communities.

As southeastern Wisconsin’s most comprehensive academic research library, we:

  • Develop information-literate students who will lead our diverse society;
  • Offer the innovative Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons, where students and faculty collaborate to conduct research and create new knowledge;
  • House the American Geographical Society Library, one of the world’s premier map and geography collections;
  • Enrich the quality of life for both the campus and the community, with lectures, readings, exhibits, and programs; and
  • Hold more than 5.4 million items, including books, maps, photographs, and DVDs.

What to Support

The UWM Libraries advance scholarship, inquiry, and innovation—on campus, in the community, and around the world. Our dedicated staff supports students’ academic success and faculty research, and our collections and resources must keep pace with the global expansion of discovery and knowledge. We welcome philanthropic investments from UWM alumni and friends.


Research Commons: Create a new, technology-rich Commons designed for graduate students and faculty researchers. The Commons will include a Digital Humanities Lab and other collaborative spaces.

Archives and Special Collections: Renovate and expand our Archives and Special Collections, to create a state-of-the-art reading room; a classroom dedicated to teaching with primary sources; collaborative workspace for faculty, staff, and students; an environmentally controlled, secure storage area; and improved exhibition spaces.

Library Collections and Resources

Collections and Resources Endowment: Enhance research and student success with access to additional resources that support new and growing research areas. We aim to expand the Libraries’ resources strategically, to meet all scholarly needs. We also strive to enhance our profile as an international research university and a fully engaged community member.

Digital Collections and Initiatives: Generate new knowledge by digitally re-formatting rare and unique collections and making them widely accessible. Online collections will include interactive and contextual components. Collaborations on digital exhibits will offer the community better access to the history of our city and our global connections.

Endowed and Named Positions: 

Named and Endowed Libraries’ Directorship: The Director of the Libraries plays a key role in creating an environment that provides research support, leading to successful students and productive faculty.

Graduate Student Internships: Library interns gain invaluable professional experience, typically leading to desirable and fulfilling careers.

How to Support

Please consider a gift to the UWM Libraries. You may direct your donation to an individual space or collection or to the Friends of the Library 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 UWM Libraries, visit uwm.edu/libraries or contact:

Anne Panter
Director, Major and Planned Giving
(414) 229-3296