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While many cannot place their finger on it, all know there is something special about being a Badger — and that specialness is a combination of both the academic and co-curricular experience that you can’t find anywhere else. Student Affairs is the proud home of the co-curricular portion, fully half of the Wisconsin Experience that so many Badgers treasure and return to as alumni. Maintaining and expanding that unique experience to all students has never been more important.

Donations to Student Affairs help us tackle big issues like food insecurity, social justice and inclusion, mental health and well-being, and more to help inspire the next generation of Wisconsin students and global citizens. Make your impact today.

Areas of greatest need

The Open Seat Food Pantry

Run by students, for students, The Open Seat provides healthy food, personal care items, and household necessities to all students at UW–Madison. 100% of donations go directly towards stocking the pantry, impacting thousands of students annually.

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Student Crisis Grant

The crisis grant supports low-income students through unexpected expenses, helping them to stay in school and on track for graduation. Too often, financial emergencies of less than $500 can be enough to derail students from their studies.

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"Simply put, without the help of the food pantry, I wouldn't have enough to eat. I don't know that I'd even be able to stay enrolled without The Open Seat. It's vital resources like this that ensure that all students on campus are able to succeed."

Jane, Sophomore user of The Open Seat Food Pantry

Places to give

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Center for the First‑Year Experience

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Center for Leadership and Involvement

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Dean of Students

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Gender and Sexuality Campus Center

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International Student Services

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McBurney Disability Resource Center

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Multicultural Student Center

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Parent and Family Program

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University Health Services

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University Recreation and Wellbeing

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University Veteran Services

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How donations work

All donations to Student Affairs 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. The UW Foundation is the official gift-receiving organization for Student Affairs and handles the financial transactions and stewardship of all private gift funds donated.

Ways to give

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Give online

You can give online through the University of Wisconsin Foundation’s secure web server through the options listed on this page. Giving is easy, and we can help get your gift to the area that matters most to you.

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Give by mail

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

Advancement staff can be reached at 800-443-6162 or by email.

Print the gift form (PDF)

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

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

Fund Numbers

Center for the First-Year Experience – Center for the First-Year Experience Fund – 112817270
Center for Leadership and Involvement – Center for Leadership and Involvement Fund – 112817185
Dean of Students Office – Dean of Students Fund – 132909400
Gender and Sexuality Center – Gender and Sexuality Campus Center Fund – 112904878
International Student Services – International Student Services Fund – 112906708
Open Seat Food Pantry – Student Food Bank Fund – 112900074
McBurney Disability Resource Center – McBurney Resource Center Fund – 112904470
Multicultural Student Center – Multicultural Student Center Fund – 112816985
Parent and Family Program – Parent and Family Program Fund – 112900251
Student Crisis Grant FundCrisis Grant Fund – 112200107
University Health ServicesUniversity Health Services Fund – 112901584
University Recreation and Wellbeing Recreational Sports Fund – 112990465
University Veteran ServicesVeteran Services Fund – 112900070
Wisconsin UnionWisconsin Union Annual Fund – 112907770


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.

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