Foundation President's Message
Arthur H. Rathjen
More than 5,800 donors affirmed their support of higher education and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh by contributing to the UW Oshkosh Foundation in 2012. This figure represents an 8.4 percent increase in donors over 2011. Our friends and benefactors have made a powerful statement about the value they place on academics and the University's contributions to the region and beyond.
I am especially pleased alumni contributed more than $466,300 (excluding bequests) in 2012—a 12 percent increase from last year. By investing in their alma mater, our alumni help provide current and future students with increased opportunities for personal growth and professional success.
What motivated 852 donors to make their first contribution to the Foundation last year? Perhaps they are proud of our commitment to sustainable initiatives like biodigesters that convert waste into energy, or our partnership with the German-based Viessmann Group to create an endowed chair in sustainable technology.
Maybe they were excited by the prospect of a new , or our role in reinvigorating downtown Oshkosh by purchasing an outdated hotel and transforming it into the Oshkosh Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center. These dynamic and innovative projects embody the Foundation's respect for human and environmental resources. We are proud to invest in our own neighborhood while embracing international collaboration.
I offer my sincere appreciation to those who inspire us to confront challenges, empower us to overcome them and help celebrate our success.