Thanks to all who helped move the UW Forward

What began as an effort to advance the boundaries of possible through the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s dedication to teaching, research, and outreach, exceeded even the most optimistic expectations — culminating in a historic philanthropic campaign! And it’s all because of the quarter-million-plus donors like you who generously joined in this journey of progress, growth, and discovery.

Thanks to the dedicated support of alumni and friends during the six-year (2015–21) All Ways Forward campaign, the University of Wisconsin–Madison will remain among the top educational institutions and continue to be a world leader in research and innovation. The positive impacts of this campaign are already being felt on campus and around the globe — and will be for years to come.

While this is, of course, a reason to celebrate, it’s not the end of the mission. It is, instead, another milestone on the way to securing the future of the university’s foundational pillars — because forward has no finish line. On, Wisconsin!



The All Ways Forward campaign charted a path for the UW’s next 173 years. See the results of what’s already been achieved and the lives that have already been touched.


Thank you for funding scholarships to support students who will become the next generation of visionaries and leaders; for helping to create educational experiences beyond the classroom; for making gifts to recruit and retain world-class faculty; and for giving the UW the ability to continue to conduct groundbreaking research.

Student Support

More than 5,000 new scholarships are now available to graduate and undergraduate students. And more than 2,500 full scholarships are available to Wisconsin residents through Bucky’s Tuition Promise. Overall endowment funding for scholarships and fellowships has increased by 200 percent.

Educational Experience

Modernized spaces and strategic investments were made possible by $379 million given for facilities across campus — from the Hamel Music Center, Nicholas Recreation Center, and Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery Building to the Jack Link’s Protein Performance Centers, SuccessWorks, and more.

Research and Innovation

More than $343 million was given to support research across campus for initiatives such as advanced manufacturing techniques. Other initiatives that have benefited include the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute, Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy (CROWE), pediatric cancer research, canine cancer research, Wisconsin Consortium for Organic Research and Education (WisCORE), and 4W (Women and Well-being in Wisconsin and the World).

Faculty Excellence

Faculty have a foundation for the future thanks to 327 new endowed funds. In fact, endowment funding for faculty has increased by nearly 300%.