College of Engineering 1996 Annual Report: Progress By Design Private Support

Annual Message from the UW-Madison College of Engineering's Development Office

Bruce Matthews and Ed Manuel

Bruce Matthews (left) and Ed Manuel, UW-Madison College of Engineering development directors. (57K JPG)

The College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a vital, complex organization with multiple funding sources. These various funding sources represent the many different customers of the college. Because the college has a responsibility to all of its customers--students and their parents, the State of Wisconsin, the federal government, the UW Graduate School, continuing education clients, alumni, and business and industry--this diverse funding formula provides critical balance and strength.

In 1995, gifts and grants from industry, foundations and individuals provided almost as much support as the State of Wisconsin. While the general program revenues from the state provide the critical base of support for the teaching infrastructure of the college, gifts and grants represent the margin of excellence. According to the vision statement of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, "Philanthropy will mean the difference between the maintenance of a great university and the evolution of an extraordinary one." The development office of the college is committed to this pursuit of excellence and this column gives us the opportunity to report on our progress and to thank all of our donors.

1995 was another record-breaking year at the University of Wisconsin Foundation. We received $87,849,467, making 1995 the 28th consecutive year of increased giving and marking a 21-percent increase over 1994. This record number of gifts, along with direct private support to the Board of Regents and from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, helped UW-Madison retain its national reputation in fund raising. According to the most recent survey of the Council for Aid to Education, UW-Madison was eighth in total private support nationwide and number one among all public institutions! The University of Wisconsin Foundation received 6,719 gifts totaling $6,293,737 on behalf of the College of Engineering in 1995. This is a 13-percent increase from 1994.

What is this "margin of excellence" provided by gifts to the college? In addition to the many scholarship, fellowship and professorship endowment funds established through philanthropy, the following activities would NOT have occurred last year without private support:

Research shows that the number one reason people give is a belief in the mission of the organization. Your donations are tangible symbols of your support of education and your commitment to the UW-Madison College of Engineering. On behalf of Dean Bollinger and the college's faculty, staff and students, we thank you for your generous support.

Bruce Mathews
Ed Manuel

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1995 Sources of Gifts

Individuals 40%
Corporations 40%
Foundations 15%
Employer Matches 5%

1995 Designated Uses of Gifts

Departments and Programs 75%
Scholarships 9%
Building 6%
Unrestricted 5%
Faculty Professorships 5%

College of Engineering Contributions 1990-1995


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