WAA Chapter Leader Handbook

Chapter Leader Handbook

Local alumni chapters have been an integral part of the Wisconsin Alumni Association® since the first chapter was founded in 1900 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Chapters remain vitally important in supporting an international network through which alumni can stay engaged and connected and can give back to the university.

The mission of Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) chapters is to:

  • Welcome: be accessible, hospitable, and responsive
  • Connect: serve as a social and professional hub
  • Support: encourage alumni to support the UW

Overview of Chapters

WAA-recognized chapters represent WAA and, by extension, UW–Madison in their communities. Chapters provide opportunities for alumni to:

  • Engage with other local alumni
  • Identify and nurture volunteer leaders
  • Celebrate alumni who make a difference in their communities
  • Showcase Badger spirit to current and future alumni

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association reserves the sole and exclusive right to dissolve a chapter whose activities do not align with our mission.

Running Your Chapter

Chapters are expected to:

  • Submit alumni-contact updates online at uwalumni.com
  • Submit your bylaws to WFAA and update them as necessary
  • Use your WAA chapter logo and follow brand guidelines
  • Promote some or all of the following WAA programs:
    • Alumni career-development opportunities
    • Alumni for Wisconsin advocacy initiatives
    • Diversity and inclusion initiatives
    • Homecoming
    • WAA award programs (Distinguished Alumni Award, Forward under 40 Award)
    • The Red Shirt™
    • WAA membership
  • Encourage all chapter leaders to participate in leadership training
  • Maintain active communication with your WFAA chapter representatives, keeping them informed on major board decisions and developments
  • Establish a leadership-succession plan