Why Support

Over the past 100 years, breakthroughs in public health have helped to double life expectancy. Despite this progress, today’s children may be the first generation to face shorter lifespans and lead less healthy lives than their parents. UWM’s Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, soon to be Wisconsin’s first nationally accredited School of Public Health, is uniquely positioned to investigate and influence the social, economic, and environmental drivers that impact our overall health and well-being. We provide the relevant research, educated workforce, and transformational leadership necessary for healthy, vibrant, and prosperous communities.

What to Support

As UWM’s newest school, it is critical that we build our network of advocates and supporters. Your philanthropic investment in the following areas will have a direct and immediate impact on our faculty and students, as they lead change in Milwaukee and beyond—to create healthier tomorrows.

  • Student Scholarship Fund

    Provides critical funding that enables our students to pursue their passion to make a difference in the community. Our students are trained to ask the right questions and design innovative solutions to address our most pressing public health concerns—such as infant mortality, obesity, chronic disease, and health inequity. We value your investment in educating our next generation of public health leaders.

  • Faculty Fund

    Helps us recruit and retain world-class scientists and educators who lead our innovative, interdisciplinary teaching programs. Our faculty generate cutting-edge, high-impact public health research in a variety of areas, including women, children, and families health; health care equity and access; and environmental health sciences.

  • Dean’s Impact Fund

    Provides strategic funding for innovative partnerships and leadership opportunities. The Zilber School is quickly gaining a reputation throughout Milwaukee and the region as a hub for social entrepreneurship and creative collaboration. As the school grows, so will our unique ability to address critical public health issues in our neighborhoods, our region, and the growing field of public health.

How to Support

Please consider a gift to the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health (ZSPH). You may direct your donation to an individual department or program or to the ZSPH 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 Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, visit uwm.edu/publichealth or contact:

Nicole Blemberg
Senior Director of Development
UWM Partners for Health