About WAA

The Wisconsin Alumni Association® (WAA) is your connection to UW–Madison. Since 1861, we’ve been enriching the lives of UW alumni and keeping you connected to your alma mater and to fellow Badgers.

In 2014, WAA merged with the UW Foundation to form the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the University of Wisconsin–Madison. We now provide a unified effort to engage alumni and friends in support and celebration of the UW. Dues-paying WAA members — and those who support WAA even more as sustaining members — help to make it possible for us to serve alumni worldwide.

Mission Statement

Founded in 1861 to promote the welfare of the University of Wisconsin and serve the interests of its alumni, the association carries out this mission today through services, programs, communications, publications, and marketing that link alumni with the university, the university with alumni, and alumni with each other.

WAA and WFAA are open to all alumni, students, and friends of the university. We encourage diversity, inclusivity, and participation by all of these groups in our activities and do not discriminate on any basis. We embrace UW–Madison’s sifting and winnowing motto, which is a cherished and widely admired tradition.