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Founders’ Day 2023

Yes, Founders’ Day season is fast approaching! After your speaker and event details have been confirmed, please submit the Founders’ Day event details form no later than eight weeks prior to the event date. If you plan on presenting an alumni award during your event, the award nomination form is also due eight weeks before your event. You can find Founders' Day resources here.

Day of the Badger Is Coming!

Everyone’s favorite day of giving, Day of the Badger, is just around the corner! On March 28–29, chapters and affinity groups will have an opportunity to raise funds for active scholarship programs. Every gift will be matched dollar for dollar — up to $3,000 per group — thanks to the George and Dorothy Pellegrin Wisconsin Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Last year, groups raised more than $133,000 for UW–Madison. We are so excited to see what you will accomplish this year! We encourage you to utilize newsletters, peer-to-peer communications, and social media to promote this very exciting day.

As we prepare, here are a few important deadlines to remember:

  • February 15: Toolkit resources available.
  • February 25: Deadline to share videos with your WAA Representative.
  • March 1: Day of the Badger website goes live.
  • March 10: Deadline to submit newsletters to WAA promoting Day of the Badger. WAA will provide Day of the Badger copy.
  • Mid-March: Save-the-date communications will go out. No action is required on your part.
  • March 24–27: Blackout dates — no email communications can include Day of the Badger.
  • March 29: “Last chance to give” email will be sent out on behalf of groups by WAA. No action is required on your part.

Website Updates

We are excited to make improvements to chapter and group webpages. In the coming weeks, you will notice changes to the scholarship tiles and updates to the “how to apply” information to accurately reflect the process.

Badger Leaders Facebook Group

We are so excited to launch the Badger Leaders Facebook group. This is your space to connect with others who share your enthusiasm for UW–Madison and work to lead your chapters and groups. The Wisconsin Alumni Association will also offer updates and information in this channel in addition to our regular communications. Join today!

Scholarship Update

The centralized WAA chapter scholarship program is evolving to maximize the impact of our chapter scholarships and support a competitive student recruitment process. We have a new timeline, process, and criteria for the 2023-24 award season. Please review and familiarize yourself with the following documents:

As we navigate through the new WAA chapter scholarship process for the 2023–24 award year together, we will be offering various opportunities for you to ask questions about and/or provide feedback regarding your experiences with the new process. All sessions will be virtual via Zoom. The following opportunities are currently scheduled:

Scholarship Process Feedback Session 1 (Scholarship Commitment Form)
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | noon–1 p.m. CST

Scholarship Process Feedback Session 2 (Post Acceptance)
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 | noon–1 p.m. CDT

Student Scholarship Engagement Opportunities

If you plan to be in Madison during the academic year and are interested in meeting your chapter’s scholarship recipient on campus, please contact Nathalie McFadden '14. We will arrange an informal meeting with your student if they are available.

Badger Leaders Conference

Thank you so much to everyone who attended last year's Badger Leaders Conference! It was a great two days filled with learning opportunities, networking, and lots of Badger pride. If you missed it or need a refresher, you can find conference documents here.

Save the date for this year's Badger Leaders Conference on June 22–23 at Memorial Union.

Scholarship Fundraising and Stewardship Annual Calendar

We are excited to share our new annual fundraising and stewardship calendar to support your scholarship fundraising efforts. Please review this calendar with your leadership groups so you are familiar with the fundraising opportunities available for your scholarship program.

Website Training

We are so excited to launch the training for our new hosted group websites. You can find all the training materials here. We kindly ask that you complete the quiz after you finish your training. Once this is done, you will be able to make changes to your website. 

Request Forms

Additional Resources

How will you celebrate the UW? Check out the ways you can join the philanthropic festivities when Day of the Badger returns March 28–29.