Membership and Benefits

Students on campusThe 1848 Society recognizes your generous decision to include the University of Wisconsin-Madison in your annual philanthropic planning. By joining this society at a level that is comfortable for you, you send a message to students, faculty, staff and other potential donors that you believe in UW-Madison’s potential to benefit the world and deliver exceptional educational experiences. In appreciation of your trust and investment, the university pledges to use these dollars to maximize the effectiveness of its academic units. As a token of the university’s appreciation, all 1848 Society members will receive an annual membership in the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

Members of the Bascom Hill Circle level and above will receive for one year, the benefits of Bascom Hill Society Lifetime members, including invitations to Bascom Hill Society events in their regions and the Fall Event Weekend held annually in Madison. Donors qualifying for the Forward and Chancellor’s Circles will be enrolled as Lifetime members of the Bascom Hill Society.

Membership Levels

Chancellor’s CircleGifts of $100,000 or more
Forward CircleGifts of $50,000 to $99,999
Varsity CircleGifts of $25,000 to $49,999
On Wisconsin CircleGifts of $10,000 to $24,999
Bascom Hill CircleGifts of $5,000 to $9,999
Buckingham CircleGifts of $2,500 to $4,999
1848 CircleGifts of $1,000 to $2,499

$100 from the Classes of 2009–2014

$300 from the Classes of 2005–2008