Planned Giving

Creating Your Legacy

There are three important steps to take to ensure your gift will be received and used for the purpose you intended. Every situation is unique, so please consider this a general guide to documenting your legacy gift.

Determine where at the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) to designate your gift.

  • Make an unrestricted gift, providing the School flexibility to utilize the gift in the area of greatest need at the time the gift arrives.
  • Choose an existing fund or program to support that you care about. View a list of common funds.
  • Contact us to discuss additional options for where to designate your gift.

Work with your estate attorney or financial advisor to update your will/trust documents or retirement plan/life insurance documents. When including the SVM in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: University of Wisconsin Foundation
Location: 1848 University Avenue, Madison WI 53726
Federal Tax ID Number: 39-0743975

Example will/trust language:

I hereby give, devise and bequeath to the University of Wisconsin Foundation, a non-profit, non-stock Wisconsin Corporation with principal offices in Madison, Wisconsin __________ percent ( %) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate (or alternately, the sum of $_____). It is my wish that this gift will benefit the School of Veterinary Medicine. The details of this designation may be noted in separate documentation on file at the UW Foundation, and I request that the UW Foundation utilize my gift in accordance with the terms of that agreement. It is understood and agreed that should the purpose for which this bequest is instituted cease to exist, then the UW Foundation may devote said bequest for such other uses and purposes as it determines to be in accordance with my original intent.

Complete the Statement of Deferred Gift Provision form to let us know of your gift intentions and to ensure peace of mind that your gift will have the desired impact.

Alternatively, you can share the section of your will or trust that names the University of Wisconsin Foundation and SVM in your plans.

Common Fund Designations

For donors who wish to support an existing fund, the below list represents the most commonly selected funds that other donors choose to support with their legacy gift. This list is not exhaustive, so please contact us if you have interests outside of these examples of if you would like to discuss the creation of your own named fund.

School of Veterinary Medicine Fund

Gifts support the greatest needs of the school and its UW Veterinary Care teaching hospital. Vital support provides the flexibility to meet the school’s most urgent needs and support the teaching, research and service missions of the school.  (Immediate Use)

School of Veterinary Medicine General Purpose Fund

Gifts support the greatest needs of the school and its UW Veterinary Care teaching hospital. Vital support provides the flexibility to meet the school’s most urgent needs and support the teaching, research and service missions of the school. (Endowment)

School of Veterinary Medicine Facilities Support Fund

This fund supports on-going costs associated with maintaining the school’s facilities and grounds including the purchase of equipment, materials, and/or furnishings, facility maintenance, support of facility expansions and/or renovations, or any other facility needs. (Endowment)

UW Veterinary Care Fund

Gifts provide programmatic, facilities and equipment support for the UW Veterinary Care teaching hospital. (Immediate Use)

Morrie Waud Large Animal Hospital Fund

This fund supports the expansion and renovation of the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Morrie Waud Large Animal Hospital. (Immediate Use)

School of Veterinary Medicine Cancer Treatment Center Fund

This fund provides financial support for UW Veterinary Care’s oncology facilities and equipment. (Immediate Use)

Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund

Provides general scholarship support to students at the School of Veterinary Medicine. (Immediate Use)

Veterinary Medicine Faculty Research Fund

This fund supports research projects across a broad range of fields conducted by School of Veterinary Medicine faculty. (Immediate Use)

Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Resident Support Fund

This fund provides financial support to veterinary medical students who are undertaking their residencies at UW Veterinary Care’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. (Immediate Use)

Companion Animal Endowment Fund

Gifts support vital health care studies (such as cancer, infectious diseases, orthopedic problems and kidney failure) in companion animals including dogs, cats and birds as well as support facility and equipment improvements at UW Veterinary Care. (Endowment)

Animal Cancer Treatment Program Fund

Gifts help ensure the school remains on the cutting edge in its fight against cancer, and provides support for cancer research and treatment programs, as well as oncology facilities upgrades. Animal cancer research benefits both animals and humans, too. (Immediate Use)

Equine Fund

Gifts provide support for the School of Veterinarian Medicine’s equine research program. (Endowment)

RESPOND Fund

Gifts provide support for veterinary care for seriously ill or injured animals whose owners cannot afford the full cost of the necessary treatment. (Immediate Use)