Giving to the Division of Student Life

Bringing the Wisconsin Experience to Life

The Division of Student Life envisions a campus community where all students are inspired and prepared to live out their own unique Wisconsin Experience.

The division cultivates an environment grounded in self-discovery and inclusivity. Students rely on university resources to succeed in their academic, professional, personal, and social development – our team provides the guidance to navigate and interconnect these experiences. Whether it’s finding leadership opportunities, getting involved in a student organization, seeking identity-based spaces, or needing someone to help mitigate a crisis, the Division of Student Life is here.

We are dedicated to supporting our students, and are working hard to maintain this impact with the help of our generous community of alumni, stakeholders, and donors. Your support is necessary to help shape the next generation of Wisconsin students and global citizens.

Ways to Make an Impact

Donations to the Division of Student Life allow us to transform student’s experiences on campus and create high-impact learning opportunities in and out of the classroom. We’re problem solvers and take on tough topics – and with your help can continue to support students throughout their time at UW-Madison. Explore our funds below to find a passion area and make a gift today.

We’re always looking to hear from our Division of Student Life alumni and stakeholders. Share your Badger pride with us by emailing your story, or writing an alumni note.

Monthly Newsletter

Subscribe to our monthly Alumni & Friends Newsletter! Get all the up-to-date information on what is happening around the Division of Student Life and on campus at UW-Madison.

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Social Media

Get social, and connect with the Division of Student Life. Tag us in a post or use one of our hashtags to have your information seen and shared! #WiExperience #WiWelcome #FutureBadgers #GlobalBadgers

Countless events are happening each month that are open to alumni and friends. Search for events on campus, events around the country, or volunteer your time and talents.

Connect with current students and fellow alumni on Badger Bridge – UW-Madison’s own social networking and mentoring website- or email us to connect directly with student life departments and mentorship opportunities.

Give to Student Life Today

A soon-to-be graduate sits on the Abraham Lincoln statue wearing her cap and gown attire.


General funds used to bring the Wisconsin Experience to life by expanding student supports.

First-year students link arms and sing "Varsity" at the end of the Chancellor's Convocation for New Students, a Wisconsin Welcome event held at the Kohl Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Sept. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)


Campus leader for first-year student transition to UW-Madison.

A female student is featured climbing a ropes course wall smiling at the camera.


Engages students through practical leadership development and involvement experiences.

A pedestrian walks through the arched portico of Bascom Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to enter the building during the first day of Fall-semester classes on Sept. 6, 2016. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)


Administers necessary financial support in times of crisis, increasing retention and student well-being.

Rainbow colored tassels appear on a table at Rainbow Graduation, an annual event hosted by the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center.


Provides supports, resources, and an inclusive space for LGBTQ+ students and their allies.

Thousands of spectators cheer as spirited students dance and parade floats -- including this one hosted by International Student Services (ISS) -- travel down State Street during the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Homecoming Parade on Oct. 19, 2018. The annual parade is one of many Homecoming week activities sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA). (Photo by Lauren Justice / UW-Madison)


Oversees orientation, advising, programming, and immigration compliance for global Badgers.

Interpreter Nicole Bresnick provides caption-to-screen Communications Access Realtime Translation (CART) service as deaf activist, actor and model Nyle DiMarco converses with an invited audience of nearly 200 high school and college students -- many deaf, blind and/or hard of hearing -- during a question and answer session at Tripp Commons in the Memorial Union at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Jan. 30, 2018. Sponsored by UW-Madison's Distinguished Lecture Series and the McBurney Disability Resource Center, the community-outreach event occurred a few hours before DiMarco's public lecture that same evening at Shannon Hall. (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)


Creates an accessible and inclusive educational experience for students with disabilities.

Students check out the Multicultural Student Center booth during the Fall Student Organization Fair at the Kohl Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Sept. 12, 2018. The two-day fair is an opportunity for students to learn about special-interest groups, activities and services offered by more than 400 represented student organizations on campus. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)


Strengthens and sustains an inclusive campus to improve academic, cultural, and social climate.

A student picks fresh vegetables and fruit from a stocked refrigerator at the Open Seat food pantry.


Alleviates food insecurity by providing accessible food and resources. Run by students, for students.

Lake Mendota and the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, including the Memorial Union Terrace, are pictured in an early morning aerial taken from a helicopter on Oct. 23, 2018. This photograph was captured with a fisheye lens. (Photo by Bryce Richter /UW-Madison)


There are endless possibilities to create a lasting impact for students at UW-Madison. Connect with our advancement staff today to discuss opportunities like scholarships, grants, estate gifts, and contributions to other high-need areas.

Kate Bradley, Coordinator of Alumni Engagement and Advancement (608) 890-2057

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How to Give

All donations to the Division of Student Life are facilitated by the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is a non-profit, tax-exempt unit of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, part of the State of Wisconsin. Giving to the Division of Student Life supports UW-Madison which is part of the UW System. The UW Foundation is the official gift-receiving organization for the Division of Student Life and handles the financial transactions and stewardship of all private gift funds donated.

Give Online

You can give online through the University of Wisconsin Foundation’s secure web server. The fund descriptions, formal fund names and numbers, and direct links are listed below. Giving should be easy, and we want to be able to support you in getting your gift to the area that matters most to you.
Division of Student Life – Dean of Students Fund – 132909400
First-Year Experience – Center for the First-Year Experience Fund –  112817270
Leadership and InvolvementCenter for Leadership and Involvement Fund – 112817185
Student Emergency GrantCrisis Grant Fund – 112200107
Gender and SexualityGender and Sexuality Campus Center Fund – 112904878
International StudentsInternational Student Services Fund – 112906708
Disability ResourceMcBurney Resource Center Fund – 112904470
Multicultural StudentsMulticultural Student Center Fund – 112816985
Open Seat Food PantryStudent Food Bank Fund – 112900074

Give By Mail

Print Gift Form.

Please include complete contact information and the corresponding fund number for your gift, listed above. If you have any questions, please contact our advancement staff to ensure your gift is designated to the appropriate area.

Mail Gift Form and a check or credit card information (payable to the “University of Wisconsin Foundation”) directly to:

University of Wisconsin Foundation
US Bank Lockbox
PO Box 78807
Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807

Create Your Impact

There are endless possibilities to create a lasting impact for students at UW-Madison. Connect with our advancement staff today to discuss opportunities like scholarships, grants, estate gifts, and contributions to other high-need areas.

Kate Bradley, Coordinator of Alumni Engagement and Advancement  (608) 890-2057