UW-Platteville Foundation sets donation record

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For the second consecutive year, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Foundation is celebrating record fundraising, thanks to the generous contributions from UW-Platteville alumni, friends and corporate partners. Nearly $4,800,000 was raised during the 2021 fiscal year, providing scholarships, supporting academic programs and capital building projects, and enriching student-life experiences. The fiscal year ended on June 30 with more than 4,600 donors. 

"One of the lessons that I'll take from this past year is that when we work together, we can achieve anything," said Chancellor Dennis J. Shields. "The Foundation, our donors, faculty, staff, and students all play a significant role in our ability to achieve our institutional goals and fundamental mission. The tremendous efforts of our entire campus community ensured that our institution may continue to have agency in determining our future together." 

The UW-Platteville Foundation received nearly 6,700 gifts throughout the year, with the majority of the gifts benefiting the Pioneer Annual Fund (unrestricted giving) and the Pioneers Helping Pioneers fund, which helps UW-Platteville students and families struggling during difficult times. 

“This past year has been a real challenge for all of us, yet the Foundation and Josh Boots [assistant vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Engagement] and his staff have really stepped up,” said Scott S. Baumgartner, chair of the UW-Platteville Foundation and 1972 UW-Platteville graduate. “Our setting a fundraising record such as this is a real milestone and serves to underscore the depth of loyalty that our alumni and friends have for UW-Platteville. The mission of the Foundation is to advance the university and to maintain the highest level of academic excellence, and this cannot be accomplished without the generosity of our donors. A big thank you goes out to everyone!”