Through Union We Gain Strength
Today, the Wisconsin Union is well-positioned to meet the ever-increasing needs of the UW-Madison student body; to build a stronger campus community for all; and to inspire a sense of ownership among its members unlike any other Union in the country. We have a proud tradition of student excellence at the Union that makes our community a reality – supported in large part through the generosity of our loyal friends and alumni. Please consider being a part of our future and leaving a legacy that matters.
André De Shields Fund
The multi-talented André De Shields has it all — a Tony, a Grammy, an Obie, an Emmy, and a diploma from Wisconsin’s flagship university. In honor and recognition of Mr. De Shields significant achievements in the performing arts, the Wisconsin Union Theater is creating the ‘André De Shields Fund’, a million-dollar endowed fund to support artistic projects and performances created, performed, designed, or produced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and other people who are historically underrepresented on our stages and in our audiences.
While students made it happen, it is YOU who made it possible. Your investment in the Wisconsin Union ensures that this magical place remains the social heart of campus. Your giving to the Annual Fund allows the Union to continue its long-standing tradition of producing unforgettable experiences by delivering unmatched student leadership opportunities in the process.
Student Leadership Support Fund
Gifts will help provide immediate, needed support for student leaders with the Wisconsin Union Directorate. Donations to this fund provide annual, flexible financial awards to Wisconsin Union Directorate officers and directors in recognition of their dedicated hours of service as student leaders. Student officers receive the equivalent of 80 percent of in-state tuition and directors and club presidents receive the equivalent of 60 percent of in-state tuition.
The Wisconsin Union receives no state tax dollars or tuition monies to support the variety of campus and community services it provides.
The Wisconsin Union is often referred to as “the heart and soul” of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Union has enhanced the lives of millions of members and visitors since it was founded in 1907.
Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) is the student programming board for the Wisconsin Union. Students have the opportunity to plan, promote and manage more than 1,000 events each year.
Real Students, Real Stories
“The WUD stipend that we have received has allowed us to pursue a fantastic leadership opportunity that in one, supports our professional development and personal development in a hands-on learning experience. It has afforded me to be able to focus on my studies and goals without having to pursue additional income. I would not have been able to contribute to the campus community as much as I have without it!”
-Gretchen Trast, VP of Internal Relations 2019-2020
“If the Union didn’t provide this stipend, I don’t believe I would have applied for my position. While the experience is invaluable, I couldn’t afford to spend so much time and energy at the Union, when instead I could be working more hours at my other job or taking more classes to graduate faster. If we want to encourage students (especially from underrepresented backgrounds) to take on these roles, the stipend is critical.”
-Farhat Bhuiyan, VP of Internal Relations 2018-2019
“As a freshman, I attended one of the Jones Leadership Center’s (JLC) general workshops on the topic of Finding Understanding, and I was inspired to seek further involvement in leadership on campus. The following semester, I was fortunate enough to join the JLC’s annual Emerging Leaders Retreat at Camp Manito-Wish in northern Wisconsin. This retreat proved to be an extremely impactful and formative experience for me, both personally and professionally.”
-Delilah Schuster, JLC Student Intern
Other Areas of Support
Supports artistic projects and performances created, performed, designed, or produced by BIPOC and/or examines issues related to diversity, equity, social systems, or injustices against BIPOC.
Provides support for Wisconsin Hoofers and miscellaneous Hoofer-related programs and activities.
Provides discretionary support for the greatest needs of the Wisconsin Union, as determined by the Union Director.
The Wisconsin Union Association is committed to being stewards of the Union’s heritage and ideals while encouraging positive change, innovation, growth, and financial support in a way that is responsive to the Union and its members: students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.
Provides immediate, needed support for student leaders with the Wisconsin Union Directorate. Funds will support student tuition and provide food stipends.
Provides annual flexible awards to WUD Officers, Directors, and six Hoofer Club Presidents, in recognition of their dedicated hours of work serving as student leaders of the Wisconsin Union.
Supports the theater season events by offering reduced ticket prices for UW-Madison students while maintaining the high-quality of our programming.
Support a broad range of priorities within the Wisconsin Union Theater, including high-quality and diverse performances, subsidized student tickets, the ability for students to produce in theater spaces, equipment upgrades, and professional development.
For information on additional giving opportunities, such as planned or in-kind gifts, please contact us.