How we help UWL

Private support is integral to our mission of preparing students for the world. The Foundation is the largest private funding resource for the University, and our donors’ gifts directly benefit UWL. This support allows UWL to impact greatness on campus when an opportunity arises and keep education affordable. 

Demonstrated success

Margins of Excellence

Supporting student experiential learning opportunities. Our alumni and friends provide support to help nearly 2,700 students in their efforts to apply classroom theories to real-world situations:

  • Internships
  • Undergraduate research projects
  • Attend professional conferences
  • Fellowship opportunities


As of December 2018, the “Share the La Crosse Experience” campaign has raised nearly $15.51 million of it's $15 million goal. This means:

  • UWL students have access to more than $1.2 million in scholarship support.
  • This is double what was available for students before the campaign began in 2012.

Giving and Need Fast Facts:

  • Over $4,500 was the average unmet need of students in the 2016-2017 school year. Unmet needs means after grants, loans, and scholarships the student has to find the way to pay their tuition.
  • Nearly 70% of the 2016-2017 graduating class borrow from federal, non-federal and other loan sources.
  • Only 22% of students need in 2016-2017 was fully met.
  • 75% of UWL students apply for need-based financial aid.
  • Less than 4% of UWL students are awarded merit-based scholarships


Read about the impact gifts make at UWL.

The Donor Bill of Rights expanding section

 Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.