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Tribute and Memorials Gifts

Honoring a loved one or someone significant and special to you with a tribute gift is a thoughtful way to recognize them. It may honor a special occasion or achievement, or merely acknowledge the honoree’s importance in your life. A tribute gift may also be a great way to support a cause that they believe in. Your gift can establish an endowment, award a one-time scholarship in their name, or help fund other projects at UW-La Crosse.

Memorial gifts are a special way to honor a friend or loved one who has passed away. By supporting the university, these gifts ensure a legacy for the deceased that can extend far into the future. There are several ways to establish a memorial gift: an outright gift, preferably to support scholarships or program support; set up an endowment to fund a specific scholarship or program; or, a bequest in your will to provide funding after your lifetime.


The University recognizes the interest in and longstanding practice of memorializing faculty, staff and students upon their death. Campus history shows a variety of small plaques, memorial gardens, rocks and trees that have been dedicated to colleagues lost. However, time shows that there is significant expense in maintaining and replacing these items. It is therefore recommended that memorials gifts be made to the Foundation in the form of scholarship support for students or operating support for the impacted program.

University Memorial Gazebo – Small plaques (name, role and year) are placed in this gazebo to honor the memory of students, faculty and staff who die while engaged in educational or career activities at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Arrangements are coordinated through Physical Plant.

For obituary announcements, we suggest the following language, which can be tailored to your needs:
Memorial contributions may be made through the UW-L Foundation. Please direct your contributions to (fund of your choice) in memory of (the name of your friend or loved one). Visit or send a gift to University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Foundation, 615 East Avenue North, La Crosse, WI 54601.


In addition to the letter of thanks we send to donors, we are also happy to send notifications to the family on a monthly basis when a donor has made a gift in honor or remembrance of your friend or loved one.

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