Pioneers Day of Giving raises more than $141,500 for student success

Pioneers Day of Giving

University of Wisconsin-Platteville alumni and friends celebrated Pioneers Day of Giving by raising $141,514 on Oct. 9. The university surpassed its goal with more than 290 donors.

“The outpouring of support from the UW-Platteville community was remarkable,” said Scott S. Baumgartner, chair of the UW-Platteville Foundation and 1972 UW-Platteville graduate. “The UW-Platteville Foundation is extremely grateful to all of our alumni, friends and corporate partners who made our 2020 Pioneers Day of Giving the best yet. Thank you for your generosity.”

The annual event is in honor of Founder’s Day and raises funds to support student success. Alumni and friends were able to stay virtually connected by following the UW-Platteville social media pages where updates were given throughout the day. The Pioneers Day of Giving set a goal of 241 donors, one for each of the 241 steps of the world’s largest M.

“It’s so amazing that 293 people stepped up this year to show support for UW-Platteville and the students,” said Missy Lipska, annual giving and donor relations officer. “It really shows how much good there is in the world, and the generosity shown on Pioneers Day of Giving will make a profound difference for many.”

UW-Platteville marked its 154 year since becoming an institution on Oct 9. To donate, visit