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The Power of Possible campaign

The Power of Possible is a fundraising effort by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation that supports the university's strategic plan and vision for the future. The campaign will culminate with UW-Eau Claire's centennial celebration in 2016.

What can you make possible today?

Help support the powerful fusion of people, programs and places that sustains UW-Eau Claire's tradition of excellence. Find out what you can support today!


pride and performance

BMB! That's all you have to say to high school students across Minnesota and Wisconsin, where being a Blugold is the marching band benchmark of excellence.

Experience that BMB excellence firsthand: Watch the brand-new BMB documentary, “Pride AND Performance,” which follows several freshmen through their first year in the celebrated Blugold Marching Band, one of the most active university marching bands in the Upper Midwest.

Cheryl Brandt


We all have memories of those professors who made the difference when we were in need of encouragement or who inspired us as young undergraduates.

Take yourself back to that time as you watch a documentary that features Dr. Cheryl Brandt, professor of nursing, as she demonstrates the passion and commitment of UW-Eau Claire faculty in providing transformational learning to their students.

Mary and Fred Blissgiving to nursing

In 2014, Mary and Fred Bliss established a UW-Eau Claire nursing faculty grant that facilitates the development of scholarship for pre-tenured faculty building their portfolios for tenure and promotion.

“There is nothing more exciting than partnering with a woman and her family to bring a new life into the world,” said Mary, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate who at one time worked in obstetrics and gynecology. “But it is also fabulous to work with nurses to show how nursing has its own knowledge level and a collaborative focus on patient safety and quality.”

Watch a video about the impact Mary and Fred hope to have with their gift.

young alumni gathering

Sometimes when you want something, 

you have to make it happen. 

After starting their careers in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, UW-Eau Claire alumni Chase Brakke and Lindsey Johnson wondered about starting a Blugold alumni network in the area. The success of an informal networking event led to Chase and Lindsey partnering with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. On Feb. 20, they hosted the first official Twin Cities networking reception at Bauhaus Brew Labs. More than 150 alumni attended the event! There are more networking events in the works, and you can learn more on Facebook UW-Eau Claire GOLD (graduates of the last decade) . 

thank you

Your support helps prepare tomorrow's leaders to carry our tradition of excellence out into the world. You make it possible for our students to be musicians, scientists, nurses, teachers AND to discover their passion.

Your collective gifts have the power to make high-impact learning experiences and valuable resources available to all students at UW-Eau Claire. We say Thank you!

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Centennial campaign progress: $50 million

The campaign has reached this milestone and is on its way to meeting a goal of $60 million by the end of the university’s centennial year, 2016.

Thank you for helping us maintain high-quality academic programs and high-impact learning experiences at this extraordinary university. Your support helps prepare tomorrow's leaders to carry our tradition of excellence out into the world.

"This University's legacy is extraordinary and the possibilities for a powerful future are even greater. Won't you join me in making that future a reality?"

— James C. Schmidt, Chancellor

Chancellor Schmidt

You make the difference

From the music our Blugold Marching Band students make to the excellence we offer in our classrooms, the high-quality education we are able to provide at UW-Eau Claire is thanks to you. I wish you could sit next to me in the football stands or walk the halls of our academic buildings to see and hear student lives being transformed. This is an amazing place.

Financial support from alumni, donors and friends of UW-Eau Claire enables my faculty and staff colleagues to make the Blugold experience more than just a path to a degree. Your scholarship gifts help us attract talented young people and give them international experiences that open their world to new opportunities. Your support of programs like our music, athletic or science departments provide equipment, travel and instructional experiences that build careers. Your generous donations have helped create a center for health careers, a place for teaching and learning excellence, and dreams of a new home for the arts in Eau Claire. 

This spring, UW-Eau Claire is facing a substantial reduction in the state funding we’ll receive. We’re looking very closely at everything we do so that we can continue to assure our students, the people of Wisconsin and our supporters that every penny is focused on our mission to serve our students. But no matter the outcome of the budget discussions, the support of our alumni and donors has never been more critical or more valuable. Your contributions make excellence possible. You make the difference.


Chancellor James C. Schmidt

The Power of Possible Centennial Campaign
Learn more about the Power of Possible Campaign here.

What can you make possible today?