Giving Opportunities

Why Give?

Your generous gift to Continuing Studies helps provide the resources necessary to keep the Wisconsin Idea alive and thriving.

Continuing Studies’ Mission

To advocate for and engage lifelong learners through high-quality and innovative programs and services.


For more information, contact Colleen Johnson at 608-262-4579 or colleen.johnson@wisc.edu.

Please consider donating online to one of our funds

Continuing Studies supports the visit mission of the University of Wisconsin–Madison page mission of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the spirit of the visit mission of the Wisconsin Idea page Wisconsin Idea by providing access to educational resources to nontraditional students, and lifelong learners in the community. Under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of Continuing Studies, the Division provides continuing education programming and collaborates with other continuing education units across the campus.

Continuing Studies has several goals and needs that can only be met through private contributions. Many gift and naming opportunities have been identified. Please explore the giving opportunities below. Your generous gift to Continuing Studies helps provide the resources necessary to keep the Wisconsin Idea alive and thriving

Decorative imageContinuing Studies has been instrumental in opening doors to many thousands of adult learners through Wisconsin, the nation, and the globe. ACSSS staff provide adults with an extensive array of services, unusual for a single office: career counseling, workshops and group programs, academic advising, admissions to the university, financial assistance, and updated online resources and assistance. ACSSS is proud to distribute more than $70,000 in financial support to returning adult students, single parents, and other nontraditional students.

Please consider making a gift to the Adult Student Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to returning adult students working toward degree completion. Contributions to this fund will be applied to the areas of greatest need.

Donate to the Adult and Nontraditional Student Scholarships Fund (external link)Donate online

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Make the largest impact with your gift by giving to the Continuing Studies’ Annual Fund. This fund provides an annual source of support to meet the most immediate needs of the division in providing a breadth of educational programs for the community. Your donation will be leveraged by additional resources and targeted to work on the division’s strategic priorities.

Donate to the annual fund (external link)Donate online

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Arts and Humanities programs enable people to explore new interests, develop skills, and enrich their lives. Continuing Studies offers lifelong learners nearly 400 learning opportunities each year. Students of all ages enjoy unique learning experiences year-round through Madison-area classes, online learning, festivals and conferences, educational travel, and more.

The Arts and Humanities fund is for Continuing Studies’ arts, humanities, and personal enrichment programming. Continuing Studies serves lifelong learners through classes and conferences in languages, music, writing, art, history, and more. Activities supported by this fund include, but are not limited to, payment of program registration/fees for participants with financial need, support of direct program costs as deemed necessary to keep registration fees competitive and affordable, and program development and/or marketing costs.

Donate to the Arts and Humanities Fund (external link)Donate online

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External linkBadger Precollege is an immersive college program for students completing grades 9-12. Participants in the program immerse themselves in campus life and gain valuable experience in a dynamic and challenging learning environment, all while interacting with UW–Madison faculty.

Our goal is to provide all interested, qualified students the opportunity to attend Badger Precollege . Your gift supports need-based scholarships for students for whom cost is a barrier.

Donate to the Precollege and Youth Enrichment Fund (external link)Donate online

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Started in 2002, Facilitating by Heart is a 5-part series for those who are responsible for facilitating work groups. It provides a unique learning community for people from a range of organizations—including nonprofits—to enhance their skills in working with conflict, listening deeply, asking facilitative questions, honoring different learning patterns, making decisions that “stick,” and designing outcome-based agendas.

Donate to the Facilitating by Heart Fund (external link)Donate online

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This fund supports programming for the professional development of Wisconsin’s managers and leaders. The Wisconsin Certified Public Manager® Program is the flagship certificate specifically for managers in federal, state, and local government and in tribal and nonprofit organizations. Other programs include the Enterprise Leadership Academy Program and Enterprise Management Development Academy Program specifically for State of Wisconsin employees, the Servant Leadership Certificate, and the Consortium for Project Leadership. Funds also support a wide variety of classes that serve the private sector and other nongovernmental organizations.

Donate to the Leadership and Management Development Fund (external link)Donate online

Odyssey Program

The UW Odyssey Project changes lives for adults at the poverty level. Founded in 2003, this inspirational project has empowered more than 300 low-income adults to find their voices and get a jumpstart at earning college degrees they never thought possible. Graduates of the program have journeyed from homelessness to UW–Madison degrees, from incarceration to meaningful work in the community. To help Odyssey students and graduates with tuition, textbooks, and other educational expenses not covered by scholarships, please consider making a gift to the Odyssey Project College Fund or help sponsor an Odyssey student for 2015-2016 at $4,200 per student (tuition, textbooks, childcare, etc.). For more information on the UW Odyssey Project, visit External linkodyssey.wisc.edu

For questions about ways you can contribute money and time to the Odyssey Project, please contact Emily Auerbach at emily.auerbach@wisc.edu or 608-262-3733.

Donate to The Odyssey Project College Fund (external link)Donate online

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The Professional Development fund is for Continuing Studies’ professional development programming. Through classes, noncredit certificate programs, workshops, and conferences, Continuing Studies helps professionals hone their skills, earn professional credits, and stay current on the latest research and best practices in their field. Activities supported by this fund include, but are not limited to, payment of program registration/fees for participants with financial need, support of direct program costs as deemed necessary to keep registration fees competitive and affordable, and program development and/or marketing costs.

Donate to the Professional Development Fund (external link)Donate online

Summer Music Clinic

Started in 1929, the Summer Music Clinic is valued as one of the oldest pre-college music outreach programs in the country. Junior high and high school music students participate in a week of creative skill-building and performances in band, orchestra, choir, musical theatre, and jazz ensemble. Concert groups rehearse throughout the week and family and friends are invited to the final concerts. Classes are designed to help polish students’ ensemble and individual performance skills with a variety of music-related topics and techniques.

Donate to the Summer Music Clinic Fund (external link)Donate online

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External linkWCATY offers an array of day and residential academic summer programs for students finishing grades 1-12. Our classes provide ongoing engagement and academic challenges in a broad spectrum of disciplines.

Through the support from WCATY friends and families just like yours, we are able to give the gift of learning and support a growing community of talented thinkers. It is our aim to provide need-based scholarship to 25 percent or more of our applicants.

We are grateful to be surrounded by a strong community of supporters who make it possible to give the gift of academic excellence and intellectual diversity.

Donate to the WCATY Fund (external link)Donate online

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The Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) embodies the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea by bringing visual arts to communities across Wisconsin. WRAP exhibits/workshops began in 1940 to encourage the creative growth of Wisconsin non-professional artists from rural areas, and has expanded to include urban areas as well. WRAP exhibit/workshops are held throughout the year in over 20 locations around Wisconsin. Regional exhibits include a workshop day for participating artists to give a lecture or demonstration followed by an educational critique of the exhibited artwork led by the exhibit judge. Recipients of State Awards are eligible to exhibit at the Annual State Art Exhibition and Conference held in August and September each year.

Donate to the Wisconsin Regional Art Program Fund (external link)Donate online

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The Writers’ Fund supports writing education provided to writers and teachers of writing by Continuing Studies, which has served this community since the 1960s. It has grown to national prominence with major events such as the annual spring “Writers’ Institute,” the summer “Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat” (with college credits offered to public school teachers and others through the UW–Madison Dept. of English), and the fall “Weekend with Your Novel.” Throughout the year the writing department also offers many online courses, in-person workshops, and critique services. In addition, funding supports free outreach to writers who have questions about the publishing industry or their own writing or teaching of writing in public schools in Wisconsin and beyond.

Donate to the Writers’ Fund (external link)Donate online