Why Support

The Helen Bader School of Social Welfare (HBSSW) encompasses the Departments of Criminal Justice and Social Work, both of which teach professionals to address society’s most pressing social problems, including poverty, homelessness, drug addiction, and violence. HBSSW strives to improve the lives of our citizens and enrich our communities through teaching, research, and service.

HBSSW houses the emerging Center on Aging and Translational Research in conjunction with the Helen Bader Endowed Chair in Applied Gerontology. Faculty research discoveries are put into action to improve services for people of all ages, from young children to seniors. Our graduates are on the front line, making a real difference locally, regionally, and around the world.

What to Support

The Helen Bader School of Social Welfare calls upon alumni and individuals concerned about our community’s urgent social problems to join us and help train the next generation of social work and criminal justice professionals. Here are some ways you can help:

  • The Social Welfare Scholarship Fund

    The Social Work and Criminal Justice fields draw passionate, mission-oriented students, and minimizing debt is critical for professionals who will forgo high earnings to dedicate their lives to serving others.

  • The Marianne and Joseph Nothum Scholarship for International Study

    Attracting students from throughout the nation and from other countries expands the horizons of all, by exposing them to new communities and cultures.

  • The Doctoral Program in Social Welfare

    Support for this program strengthens research and enhances teaching/learning skills that can be used to educate the next generation of Social Work and Criminal Justice professionals.

  • Recruitment and Retention of the Most Qualified, Nationally Regarded Scientists

    Scientists who have established research track records will make UWM a center of social welfare research, and their discoveries will improve services throughout the region.

How to Support

Please consider a gift to the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare (HBSSW). You may direct your donation to an individual department or program or to the HBSSW 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 Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, visit uwm.edu/socialwelfare or contact:

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