VISION 2000: College of Engineering 1995 Annual ReportPRIVATE SUPPORT
VISION 2000: College of Engineering 1995 Annual ReportHR

A MESSAGE FROM THE COLLEGE'S ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE

Fifty years ago, friends and alumni of the University of Wisconsin gathered to discuss the growing need to establish an organization that could receive and invest private donations to the UW. That year the University of Wisconsin Foundation was formed to become the official fundraising organization for the university.

Governed by an elected board of directors, the Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt Wisconsin corporation. For the past 15 years, Foundation development professionals have been assigned to work specifically with the major units on campus, including the College of Engineering, to increase private gift support.

Dean John G. Bollinger has helped direct this activity for 14 of the past 15 years and has seen the College of Engineering's budget grow from around $16 million a year to now close to $100 million.

We are pleased to be a part of this growth and the tradition of successful fundraising and generous alumni support for one of the nation's premiere engineering colleges. In 1994 the University of Wisconsin Foundation received 6,665 gifts totaling $5,588,849 on behalf of the College of Engineering. This was $341,397 more than our annual average over the past six years. And, for the 27th consecutive year, total contributions to the University of Wisconsin Foundation have increased, last year topping $72 million. Fifty years ago, in 1945, the Foundation received $95,378 in gifts for the entire university. Since that time over $670 million has been donated in support of UW-Madison.

Just how does this money benefit the College of Engineering? Most of the money contributed to the college has a specific purpose designated by the donor. Typically, these gifts are used for scholarship or fellowship support of our students, professorships for our outstanding faculty, building or remodeling projects or support of specific programs.

There are also a large number of gifts, typically made by individual friends or alumni, that are left undesignated or "unrestricted." These are very valuable to the college because they can be used where the needs are greatest and also used to leverage other gifts of cash and equipment. Here are some typical uses for these donations last year:

None of these projects would have been possible without private support. We've come a long way in private support in the past 50 years and we're confident that it will continue to grow as our friends and alumni become ambassadors for the college in their respective communities. On behalf of Dean Bollinger and the College of Engineering's faculty, staff and students, we thank you for your generous support.

Bruce Mathews
Ed Manuel

University of Wisconsin Foundation
1848 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53708
Tel: 608/263-4545
Fax: 608/263-0781


COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CONTRIBUTIONS 1989-1994

1989
$6,872,817
1990
$4,006,791
1991
$3,971,423
1992
$4,568,139
1993
$6,476,696
1994
$5,588,849

1994 SOURCES OF GIFTS

Corporations 45%
 
Individuals 32%
 
Foundations 18%
 
Employer Matches 5%
 

1994 DESIGNATED USES OF GIFTS

Departments and Programs 73%
 
Unrestricted 9%
 
Faculty Professorships 8%
 
Scholarships 5%
 
Building 5%
 


Copyright 1995 University System Board of Regents

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