Thousands of state residents learn and benefit from University of Wisconsin-Extension programs every year. Read our Case for Giving brochure.
UW-Extension programs include:
4-H, public radio and television, Cooperative Extension, business development, continuing education, Master Gardeners, conference centers, leadership building, and more
Contact us with your questions. We can explain restricted gifts and planned giving, as well how to include UW-Extension in your estate plan.
Phone: (608) 263-4545. Russ Howes at UW Foundation can answer questions for planned giving/estate planning.
Unrestricted gifts to UW-Extension offer the greatest flexibility and support for new initiatives. Unrestricted gifts may be used to fund professional development, technology upgrades, facility improvements and other projects that are critical to UW-Extension's success.
Funds designated for Broadcasting and Media Innovations applied research in distance learning and digital communications, enhance popular television and radio broadcasts, and help bring university knowledge to larger audiences using datacast, Internet-based communications and other emerging technology.
Epsilon Sigma Phi, a professional fraternity for former and current Extension employees, maintains an endowed fund to support professional development for faculty and academic staff associated with Cooperative Extension. Donations help foster excellence in the delivery of community-based outreach education through advanced degrees, professional certifications, study leaves, research and other special projects.
Leadership Wisconsin strengthens communities by preparing leaders to deal effectively with today's changing world. Over 69 percent of graduates are elected to school, town and county boards, and the state legislature. Over 50 percent serve as board members for hospitals, community and civic organizations. Contributions help to support seminars; scholarships for participants; leadership programming; and/or the endowment fund.
Learning Innovations works with partners at the 26 University of Wisconsin campuses to offer more than 6,000 continuing education programs to 200,000 learners each year. Contributions go toward scholarships for pre-college programs for youth at the UW campuses, funding for new collaborative programs for underserved populations, and support for PK-16 educators.
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who help people in the community better understand horticulture and their environment. Contributions ensure quality educational offerings and materials are available to those taking training.
The Pyle Center is UW-Extension's flagship distance education and conference center, offering learners direct access to university resources. Gifts may be used to upgrade cutting-edge equipment and software applications and acquire new technologies, or in other ways that expand the University's distance education capabilities.
The Small Business Development Center provides no-cost, confidential counseling to clients, helping them manage and run businesses more profitably. Contributions allow for workshops, new curriculum and the creation of peer networks.
Contributions help 4-H make a positive difference in the lives of young people. 4-H youth consistently score high in leadership, decision-making, and communication skills. Funds may support long-standing programs and pilot programs at the club, county and state levels.
In 2012 more than 500 UW-Extension programs served 1.6 million interactions across our state. Your gift helps to build a strong Wisconsin.
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