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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“Brothers Jeff (BBA ’71, MBA ’75) and Rick (BBA ’81) Diermeier are committed to making a difference for students and faculty at the Wisconsin School of Business. Their generous support has endowed two faculty positions at WSB, and Jeff and his wife, Julia, also have supported numerous initiatives throughout campus. “Giving to the university is payback,” says Jeff. “Our work ethic fits Wisconsin. We’re so proud of Wisconsin, and when we go elsewhere we meet many people who feel the same way.”
Read more about Jeff and Rick’s commitment to making a difference
“When the company he worked for went bankrupt, Todd Pilcher (MBA '14) suddenly found himself faced with uncertainty in his career. In the face of this challenge, Todd was able to reinvent himself; he received a full scholarship to attend the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program. “From a giving back standpoint, I think about helping one person who might be in an unfortunate situation like I was,” he says. “My biggest drive is knowing that I can help alleviate other students’ stress and financial burden.”
Read more about Todd’s pledge to give back what was given to him
“Rachel Hyslop (B.S. ’98, MBA ’14) believes in having an attitude of gratitude. Now the director of Marketing and Business Development at Springs Window Fashions, Rachel credits her time at the Wisconsin School of Business with exposing her to new perspectives, diverse thinkers, and lifelong friendships. “When I think about charitable giving, it’s important to give back to the institution that helped me become who I am today,” says Rachel. “It comes down to being someone who cares about other people and helping them achieve whatever their potential is.”
Read more about Rachel’s inspiring generosity
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.
We are immeasurably grateful for the generous support of our alumni and friends.
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)
In addition, the University of Wisconsin recognizes donors within four other campus-wide giving societies: the 1848 Society, Bascom Hill Society, Wisconsin Legacy Society and the Van Hise Society.
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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