Impact Report

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Notes from the Chairman

I think it’s safe to say that all our lives have been impacted by the events of the past year. From a pandemic to racial and political unrest, so much of our world is in flux. With everything changing around us, it’s more important than ever to focus on the reason the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation exists – to advance higher education and ensure students enjoy successful futures.The Foundation is entering this new year in a strong and revitalized way. We have taken a number of steps that position us to tackle this new world with vigor, including:

  • Entering into a new relationship with the University that is in accordance with national best practices
  • Merging the Titan Alumni Foundation into the UWO Foundation to serve more students than ever
  • Hiring an Executive Director, Greg Giles, who has the experience, dedication and leadership needed to guide the Foundation through the coming years

Greg and I are sharing this report to not only provide an update on all of the good things happening at the Foundation, but to establish our commitment to this community.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for your commitment to our mission and for your belief that what we do matters. Our University, our campuses, our students and our faculty are better because of your support.

Chairman of the Board
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation

Financial Highlights

Total assets

Total endowed assets

Titan Alumni Foundation/TAF net assets received

*Based on Year Ended June 30, 2020 audited financials, for UWO Foundation, Inc. and its subsidiaries.


Scholarship Highlights

Students received financial support

New scholarships established

Total endowed assets

To meet the sudden challenges of COVID-19, the Titans Rise Emergency Grant Fund was launched. Nearly 300 donors, with additional financial support from the Titan Alumni Foundation and the UWO Foundation, stepped up to donate $106,036. A total of 329 students facing immediate needs due to the pandemic were awarded up to $400.

Major Gifts

We are grateful to the following individuals and organizations for their generosity:

UWO alumnus Thomas Brinkman and Antoinette Candela Brinkman for their $105,000 gift to the UW Oshkosh Student-Managed Endowment Fund (SMEF)

The Kerrigan Estate for its $150,000 gift to Faculty Endowment Fund and the John and Pat Kerrigan Freshman Scholarship Fund

The Culver Family Foundation for their $1 million gift, completing their $2 million pledge to the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center

The late Kenneth J. Grieb for his $2 million permanent endowment to support research and course development within the International Studies Program’s Topical Emphases

Make a gift today to support current and future UW Oshkosh students.

Welcome from Greg

I am excited to be settling in at the UWO Foundation! While my most recent position was with the YMCA of Greater Houston, my family and I have deep ties to this area and I served as the executive director/CEO at the Fond du Lac Family YMCA from 2003-2019.

With my passion for higher education and this community, I look forward to continuing the great work that Tim and the Board have started.

This report highlights all of the great things that have happened in the past year. I also want to share my commitment to providing you with regular updates about the Foundation. As the University develops its strategic plan, we will be establishing our complementary strategy. Stay tuned for more news on that front!

The Foundation is also gearing up to celebrate the University’s 150th anniversary this year. This is a tremendous milestone, and I think it’s an incredible opportunity to see how far we’ve come and to lay the groundwork for the next 150 years.

I look forward to getting to know you better. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at gilesg@uwosh.edu.

Executive Director
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation