Our donors are partners in maintaining an extraordinary university. UW Foundation donor levels honor those whose significant or continued financial support strengthens the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The UW Foundation is proud to acknowledge them with membership in our annual giving, lifetime and planned giving donor societies.

The UW Foundation manages four donor recognition societies:

1848 Society Recognition

Membership in the 1848 Society is determined by gifts and pledges made each year to school and college discretionary funds and the Chancellor’s annual fund.

1848 Society Overview

Bascom Hill Society

Through the Bascom Hill Society, the University of Wisconsin Foundation honors major donors ($50,000+) to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Wisconsin Legacy Society

The Wisconsin Legacy Society is a recognition society that honors and celebrates alumni and friends who have made a commitment to support the University of Wisconsin-Madison through a planned, or deferred, gift.


Van Hise Society

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s most generous lifetime donors are recognized by the Van Hise Society. The following criteria qualifies donors for the Van Hise Society:

  • $1M outright gifts; includes cash, pledges and/or gifts in kind
  • $3M combination of outright and/or irrevocable deferred gifts
  • $5M combination of outright and/or irrevocable and/or revocable deferred gifts


Unit Recognition Societies



For more information about Recognition Societies, please contact Kasey Crampton.