Coronavirus Impact Updates

Dear alumni, donors, and friends,

This message comes with our best wishes for your health and safety. Our thoughts have been with our community of Badgers around the world as we all navigate changes as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We, alongside campus leadership, have been monitoring rapidly changing conditions and policies in our state and across the country. Along the way, we’ve been making changes that we believe are in the best interest of those we serve.

Following recommendations from the governor, public health officials, and guidelines announced by UW–Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank, we have decided to suspend or cancel all alumni events through May 31. Wisconsin, as well as some other states, is currently under “safer at home” orders, which ban nonessential travel and mass gatherings. We intend to wholly comply with these orders and follow social distancing measures to decrease the spread of the virus. While we look forward to the day when Badgers can once again gather together, we will continue to follow the advice of public health officials in the coming weeks and months out of consideration for your health and well-being.

Effective March 23, all Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association buildings are closed to the public, and our employees are working from their homes. Those on our staff who would typically travel to meet with alumni and friends will not be traveling out of Dane County for business purposes until at least April 30. These steps are consistent with those being taken on campus, and we believe they will help protect the health and safety of our employees and those with whom they meet across the country.

We value our relationship with all of our alumni and friends and certainly will continue to reach out by phone and email. Please know that we will remain available to discuss university-related opportunities and/or address any questions you may have.

We are also aware that we have alumni and friends traveling with WAA Travel. You can find more information about that here.

Finally, we have pulled together content that illustrates what UW researchers are doing to fight the virus today, offers campus expertise on remote education, and provides guidance on preserving your own wellness during this difficult time. We hope you find this useful as you navigate the weeks and months ahead. We will continue to update this information, as well as offer emerging opportunities to help during this crisis.

Thank you for your concern and assistance, and we hope you will be well.

Current canceled WAA events: