On Monday, September 25, UWM Chancellor Mark Mone announced the goal of the university’s comprehensive fundraising campaign: $200 million. That’s double the goal of the last campaign, which concluded in 2008 with $125 million, $25 million more than its initial target.
Called Made in Milwaukee, Shaping the World: The Campaign for UWM – the campaign has already raised more than $170 million during its five-year quiet phase. It has gathered more than 47,000 gifts from more than 17,000 donors, including 48 donors who have contributed $1 million or more to the campaign.
The campaign is aimed at boosting UWM by focusing on three priorities: student success, research excellence and community engagement.
Mone announced another big donation that pushes the campaign total even higher. Rockwell Automation is giving $1.7 million to establish a program related to smart, connected systems, often called the internet of things. The Rockwell donation joins previously announced major gifts of $10 million from Marianne and Sheldon Lubar to establish the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and $5 million from Mary and Ted Kellner through the Kelben Foundation for faculty support, scholarships and entrepreneurship.
The full slate of campaign co-chairs includes:
Michael Falbo, regent emeritus of the UW System; Sheila Falbo, community volunteer; Douglas Hagerman, retired senior vice president of Rockwell Automation; Mary Kellner (’78), president of the Kelben Foundation; Ted Kellner, chairman and CEO of T&M Partners LLC; Gale Klappa (’72, ’11), chairman of WEC Energy Group; Marianne Lubar (’13), president of the Lubar Family Foundation; Sheldon Lubar (’88), founder and chairman of Lubar & Co.; Beth Pritchard (’69), principal and strategic adviser of Sunrise Beauty Studio; W. John Pritchard (’69), partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP; Lorin Radtke (’90), retired partner of Goldman Sachs; and Jim Ziemer (’75, ’86, ’08), retired president and CEO of Harley-Davidson Inc.