About the Centennial Campaign
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About the Centennial Campaign
The UW–Madison School of Nursing is committed to preparing individuals to meet the health care needs of Wisconsin and beyond.
Building on almost 100 years and with your support, we will enable our students to realize their potential as nurse leaders, advance the nursing profession, and improve health and quality of life.
Badger Nurses Change Lives campaign
- Supports students and grows enrollment.
- Supports and grows faculty.
- Expands research and innovation in critical areas, including the care of older adults.
Together, we can fulfill the promise of our Badger Nurses Change Lives centennial campaign and ensure that Badger nurses continue to change lives.
Campaign Need & Opportunities
Wisconsin’s nursing programs graduate 3,000 individuals annually, about 1,000 fewer than needed. Coupled with growing retirements, the nursing shortfall in our aging state could hit 20,000 by 2035 and 27,700 by 2040, according to the Wisconsin Center for Nursing. Neither the current nor the future supply of registered nurses will be able to mitigate this looming crisis.
At the UW–Madison, 59 percent of qualified students are currently turned away each year due to limited enrollment capacity.
The Badger Nurses Change Lives centennial campaign identifies opportunities to respond with these actions:
- Educate more students.
- Diversify the nursing workforce to reflect the population it serves.
- Attract and retain more faculty and produce more nurses qualified to teach at other colleges and universities.
- Expand our contribution to health care through research, innovation, and leadership.
Badger Nurses Change Lives focuses dollars where they will do the most good. To achieve our goal of graduating more nurses to address Wisconsin’s vital need, we will raise a minimum of $25 million to fund three initiatives.
Focus dollars to do the most good
- Increase scholarship support so that every qualified student who applies for help receives it.
- Increase the number of funded graduate fellowships, providing nurse leaders for the workforce and increasing the number of nurses in teaching careers.
- Increase tuition support and double the number of students we can enroll in our 12-month accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (ABSN) program.
- Expand and improve active learning classrooms and the Center for Technology-Enhanced Nursing in order to remain one of the most technologically advanced schools of nursing in the country.
- Increase the number of endowed chairs and professorships.
- Achieve the national average of 30 tenure-track faculty to conduct innovative research and mentor graduate students.
- Increase the number of clinical faculty members who provide classroom and experiential teaching.
Support Innovative Research
- Increase innovation funds that provide seed funding to initiatives with the potential to transform health care.
- Increase funding for vital areas such as aging science, care of children and families, and chronic disease.
- Increase support for our Center for Aging Research & Education (CARE).
How to Give
Ways to direct your gift
With the help of scholarships, high achieving students not only realize the dream of higher education, but also contribute to the academic excellence and diversity that are pillars of the School of Nursing.
Endowed funds are critical to the financial stability of the School. The present and future revenue streams that endowed funds generate allow us to hire faculty, implement programs, advance research and support outstanding students. It is a gift that lasts virtually forever.
The School of Nursing is looking to expand and has potential naming opportunities.
More ways to give
Gifts by Will
Through various types of bequests to the School of Nursing, you may secure an estate-tax charitable deduction for the value of your gift while providing much-needed support for our mission for years to come. Whatever form of bequest you choose, this gift is not subject to federal estate taxes and may significantly reduce the tax burden of the estate.
More information about legacy gifts are available here.
Gifts from an IRA
Giving directly from an IRA is a simple way to contribute for those age 70½ or older, and can result in tax benefits even if you don’t itemize.
Gifts from Securities & stocks
Gifts of appreciated property are the “best value” in charitable giving.
To ask questions, learn more about naming opportunities at the School of Nursing, or find out more about how to give, please contact us.
Donors Make a Difference
- $1 million in scholarship dollars for 2019–2020.
- Two new endowed scholarships for underrepresented students.
- Two new endowed faculty positions made possible by Louis and Phyllis Jacobs and members of the Board of Visitors through the John and Tashia Morgridge Match.
Badger Nurses Change Lives
“Our vision is to improve health for all.”Linda D. Scott, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FNAP, FAAN, dean and professor, UW–Madison School of Nursing
What Badger Nurses Do
The UW–Madison School of Nursing prepares individuals to meet the health care needs of Wisconsin and the nation. Badger nurses transform health, health care, and the lives of individuals, families, communities, and systems across the state and beyond.
Nurse leaders like Associate Professor Barb King MS’87, PhD’88 are at the forefront of identifying and solving real health care problems. An article she published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society took her findings about the benefits of walking for hospitalized patients nationwide. Her research encouraged other hospitals to empower nurses to make a difference.
Throughout its nearly 100-year existence, the UW–Madison School of Nursing has demonstrated a strong commitment to service. For many of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni, nursing is far more than a career—it’s a call to care, an opportunity to serve, and the potential to change lives.
Nurses like Kevin Franco Valle ’15 embody service. A native of Mexico, he has called the U.S. home since he came here at age 18 in 2010. Named a Top Nurse by Madison Magazine in 2018, Franco Valle specializes in providing award-winning nursing care to patients in their homes after discharge.
UW–Madison School of Nursing researchers are passionate investigators, taking innovative approaches, collaborating across disciplinary boundaries, and translating research into effective solutions.
Assistant Professor Maichou Lor ’11, MS’12, PhD’17 was born in a southeast Asian refugee camp and raised in Madison. She earned her master’s and doctorate in nursing at UW–Madison—the first Hmong-American to do so. Dr. Lor focuses on effective ways of gathering data on vulnerable populations to improve access to health care. And she’s educating the next generation of nurses, who, like her, will change lives for the better.
Badger Nurses Change Lives
“Students are able to develop competencies, role identity, and clinical judgment in a safe environment. We are equipped for responsiveness in Cooper Hall. We can meet the learning needs of students and adapt to input from our clinical partners.”Dr. Laurie Pirtle ’89, simulation coordinator, School of Nursing
Badger Nurses Change Lives in Wisconsin
How Nursing Makes a Difference
Shaping the Future of Aging
Enhancing the expertise of those who care for older people has never been more important.
Improving Access to Healthcare
We believe that nursing is a powerful instrument for improving the human condition.
Addressing Health Disparities and Inequity
Nursing practice informs our research, and we lead the way in connecting research back to practice so it has immediate impact.
Helping Children & Families
The integration of research and practice fosters the development of innovative products that improve care in schools, long-term care facilities, and other settings.
By the Numbers
Donors to the BNCL campaign
New endowed faculty professorships/chairs
Mercile J. Lee Scholarships established in support of underrepresented students
Making a Difference for 100 Years
Badger Nurses Change Lives
“Nursing is such a rewarding career. There’s always something new to learn, and you get to apply that knowledge to help. I’ve been very fortunate to have the opportunity to touch people’s lives in a way only a nurse can.”Kevin Franco Valle ’15