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Badger Nurses Change Lives

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.

Campaign opportunities

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.

Campaign Plans

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

Support Students

  • 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.

Support Faculty

  • 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

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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.

Naming Opportunities

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.

Learn more

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

Badger Nurses Change Lives

“I learned the importance of being a change agent, standing for what was right, and realizing the responsibilities of my role to provide quality care wherever I practiced.”

Barbara Brown, Class of 1971

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.

Nurse speaking to elderly woman

Improving Access to Healthcare

We believe that nursing is a powerful instrument for improving the human condition.

DNP winter immersion program

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.

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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.

Science Expeditions, kids

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

Contact Us

Scott Fletcher

Position title: Director of Development


Phone: 608-263-6007

Jordan Langer

Position title: Alumni Relations Officer


Phone: 608-262-1179

Alison Lazar

Position title: Associate Director of Development


Phone: 608-512-9135