Every gift to UWM counts!

No matter its size, your donation will make a difference. Your generosity will help us to:

  • offer a high-quality education to promising students of all backgrounds and means;
  • recruit and retain outstanding faculty;
  • and fund innovators—faculty, students, staff, and campus partners who are bringing important new discoveries to the world.

With your support, we will transform lives today and for years to come.

Unrestricted gifts to UWM are especially welcome. Their flexibility allows campus leaders to address urgent budget priorities and other key operational needs.

You may also direct your donation to the unit or program of your choice.

What to Support

Schools & Colleges
Campus Units
University-wide Units
Chancellor’s Strategic Initiatives
Including increasing student success, strengthening research capabilities and impact, reinforcing community and alumni engagements, improving climate and culture, and elevating visibility, brand and image. Read more...
Chancellor’s Catalyst Fund
The Chancellor, with a group of area civic leaders, created the Chancellor’s Catalyst Fund, which allows the university to seize opportunities quickly when they arise. The fund supplements the resources immediately available to the Chancellor and other UWM leaders, enabling them to make entrepreneurial investments to foster innovation that will power UWM—and our region—forward to a brighter future. Read more...
Other Campus Programs or Initiatives
To discuss other giving opportunities, please contact:

Tom Bjornstad
Director of Annual Giving

How to Support

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 to receive gift instructions, 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

If you have other questions about making a gift to UWM, please contact the Development Director for your School, College, or Campus Unit


Gretchen Miller
Director of Gift Planning and Agreements
(414) 229-3067