Generous donors like you come together to make an impact, helping us build more opportunities to challenge, support, and inspire students to reach their greatest potential. The generosity of our dedicated donor community makes a difference in everything we do, from supporting faculty, staff, and students to informing and delivering inspiring learning experiences. Philanthropy helps protect the quality of students’ education, which strengthens our brand and continues to enhance the value of our degrees.
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For John (BBA ’71) and Anne Oros, philanthropy is a way of life. They have deep ties throughout the UW-Madison campus,
and are actively involved at the Wisconsin School of Business. John, a Wisconsin Naming Partner and Co-Chair of the
WSB's Campaign Steering Committee, says of the UW, "The associations and friendships you'll make staying involved
are a joy – really a gift from the University to you, not the other way around."
Read about John and Anne, deeply engaged volunteers and philanthropists
American Family Insurance and CFO Dan Kelly (BBA ’84,MBA ’85) have a strong relationship with the University
of Wisconsin–Madison—a relationship that spans more than 30 years and has led to more than $20 million in financial
support for the university, including the $10 million gift that created the UW Health American Family Children's Hospital.
Recently, the company increased its support to the School, elevating the American Family Insurance Chair of Risk Management
and Insurance to a Distinguished Chair.
Read more about the WSB's impactful partnership with American Family Insurance
Tom Falk (BBA '80) caddied his way into higher education. His wife, Karen Falk (BSE '80) donned a white coat and worked behind
the counter at Rennebohm's to help her pursue her degree. In the 1970s, when they attended UW-Madison, that was enough.
Today, financing a UW education is harder, and the couple is donating $10 million to ensure that future generations
of students can get a UW-Madison education — and that the UW will have the faculty who make that education one of
the best in the world.
Read about the Falks and their long-standing commitment to UW–Madison
A former Badger cheerleader and current director of sales for American Family Insurance in Minnesota, Kelley Burnett (BBA
'03) is passionate about the UW and the Wisconsin School of Business. Kelley is an active board member, mentor and
donor to the WSB and encourages others to join her. "No dollar amount is too small. It all matters. When the School
has a strong brand and high ranking, we all win from the value of that education. That's why I continue to give."
Read more about Kelley's enthusiastic involvement with the WSB
The Dean’s Circle consists of WSB’s most generous supporters who are united by commitment to ensuring the dynamic future of the Wisconsin School of Business. Membership in this special group is based on lifetime giving at or above $100,000.
WSB Campaign Champions honors those donors who have made gifts totaling $1,000 or more to the Wisconsin School of Business during the University’s campus-wide fundraising campaign: All Ways Forward. (July 1, 2013 to present)
When you make a gift to the Wisconsin School of Business, you help provide much needed support for our students, faculty, and staff. Our students recognize the transformational role your generosity plays in shaping their learning experiences. They—and the entire WSB community—are most grateful for donor support.
“I find it wonderful that alumni are willing to help provide students with a superior education like
the one they received, and I cannot thank you enough for your generosity.”
“You not only directly support my financial needs, but my morale as well. Knowing that there are so many donors that
support the Wisconsin Idea helps me continue to work hard to represent my school and make society a better place.”
“Without the generosity of people like you, going to school at the Wisconsin School of Business
would just be a dream. I am grateful for your investment in my education.”
“The difference you make is truly immeasurable.”
“Your consideration has shown me the difference alumni can make in the education of others, and I
plan to one day show this same consideration so that others can experience the quality education offered
by the Wisconsin School of Business.”
“Your support makes it possible for students like me to forward our education
while reducing the financial burden associated with attending a higher education institution.”
“To know that you have invested in my education because I have shown potential holds great value to me.”
“It means so much to me to have the support of donors, and I continuously do my best to give back to the program,
as it has given me the building blocks for a successful future as a Wisconsin alumna.”
“Generosity from donors is a big reason why the Wisconsin School of Business remains one of the top schools in the country.”
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