About the Foundation

UWO Foundation

Culver Family Welcome Center
625 Pearl Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

(920) 424-2178

Frequently Asked Questions

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is a state-supported university. Why does it need my help?

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh relies on a variety of revenue sources to fulfill its mission of teaching, research and public service. State support accounts for a small percentage of the University’s budget and therefore private funding supplements state and federal dollars and supports many special programs and projects. Examples of these are professorships, scholarships in all academic disciplines, research efforts and building projects.

What are some good reasons to contribute to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation?

UW Oshkosh has a rich history, proven record of success and vision for the future that make a strong statement about the transforming power of education. Higher education has the power to change individual lives and academic research programs are addressing both state and national public concerns.

How does the Foundation support the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh?

The Foundation exists solely for the benefit of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, by raising, managing, investing and disbursing funds for the advancement of the learning environment at UW Oshkosh. The Foundation works with the colleges, programs and units of the University to generate private support from alumni and friends through annual giving programs, planned gifts and special purpose campaigns.

What are the tax benefits of making a gift to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation?

Cash gifts are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Appreciated securities, held for more than one year, are a very attractive way to make a contribution because you may completely avoid capital gains tax and deduct the full current fair market value of your gift. It is recommended that donors consult with a tax adviser and the UW Oshkosh Foundation if interested in making such a donation.

What are the different ways in which I can make a gift to the UW Oshkosh Foundation?

The Foundation offers a variety of gift options you may wish to explore. Careful planning can maximize the positive effects of outright contributions such as cash, appreciated securities, life insurance policies, real estate and gifts of personal property, as well as deferred gifts such as bequests.

My life was changed by a class I took at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. How do I make a gift to this department to show my gratitude?

Many people show their appreciation for a favorite professor or for the life-changing experiences they realized during their years at UW Oshkosh by supporting a specific department or area of the University. College advancement officers are available to talk with you about how and where you would like to designate your gift. View the Foundation staff listing to contact a specific advancement officer.

How do I specify where I want my gift to go?

A donor may specify the gift designation by writing a letter stating the intent, by creating a Memorandum of Agreement, or by simply writing where the gift should go in the memo portion of the check or the gift allocation notes box on the online giving form. Learn more.

What is the difference between a designated gift and an unrestricted gift?

A designated gift is used for the purpose the donor states when making the gift. A non-designated gift is placed in the UW Oshkosh Fund and is used for the greatest need of the University.

How does the matching gift program work?

If your company offers a matching gift program, your gift to the UW Oshkosh Foundation may be doubled or even tripled. Obtain a form from your human resources or personnel department, complete and return to us and we will do the rest. Opportunities for matching gifts are sometimes available from a spouse’s employer.

How should I make out a check to the Foundation and where should I send it?

Checks should be made payable to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation and sent to:

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation
625 Pearl Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901-3556