Foundation breaks $4 million in donations for first time

UW-Platteville campus

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Foundation is celebrating a new milestone, as it recently announced record fundraising for the 2020 fiscal year, which ended on June 30. UW-Platteville alumni, friends and corporate partners donated more than $4 million for the first time ever, exceeding the previous year’s total by $1 million.

“The UW-Platteville Foundation made tremendous strides this year as we worked towards achieving our vision of making a difference by matching donor commitments to the needs of the university,” said Jeff Matthias, chair of the UW-Platteville Foundation Board of Directors. “By raising a record $4 million, the Foundation is able to contribute more support to help the university to control its own destiny. The Foundation values every dollar raised and appreciates donors for making UW-Platteville their charitable organization of choice. As we celebrate this fundraising milestone, it is essential to remember the time, talent, and resources provided by University staff and volunteers. Collectively, their efforts provide the basis for achieving organizational success.”

The UW-Platteville Foundation received more than 7,600 gifts throughout the year, with much of that support directly benefiting students through scholarships or the Pioneers Helping Pioneers emergency funding program. The largest gift, totaling more than half a million dollars, was received as an anonymous estate gift and will support scholarships for incoming freshmen with financial need.

“There is no doubt this was a trying year for all of us,” said Joshua Boots, assistant vice chancellor of Development and Alumni Engagement at UW-Platteville. “Despite that, Pioneer alumni, friends and corporate partners stepped up to showcase their support for UW-Platteville. The effects of their generosity will be long-lasting. We are lucky to have so many caring, generous and thoughtful alumni, friends and corporate partners supporting UW-Platteville’s mission.”

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