UW Medical Foundation's Employee-Directed Charitable Giving

The University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation is again proud to make $25,000 in donations to local charitable organizations on behalf of its employees, with the employees themselves deciding which groups will receive the donations.


The UWMF Employee-Directed Charitable Giving program gives employees a voice in the donation process that bears their names. This year, a group of 12 employees served on the committee, reaching out to co-workers and gathering input on which organizations the campaign should consider supporting.


“The group typically makes choices that exceed my expectations for thoughtful and meaningful gifts on behalf of all of us,” said Pete Christman, UW Medical Foundation chief operating officer. “This year’s committee did an exceptional job of seeking and receiving input from colleagues and really doing their homework.”


The committee selected 17 organizations to receive donations. Four of these non-profit organizations were recognized during an employee appreciation event at UW Medical Foundation’s Administrative Office Building on June 23.


“We do this as a way to say 'thank you' in a way that also meets our mission,” said Jeff Grossman, MD, UW Health CEO. “It’s incredibly gratifying to see each year how our values are reflected in the process and the choices.”


Following are highlights from some of the deserving organizations selected for their work in our community:


UW Medical Foundation employee giving: Heartland Farm Sanctuary


‌Heartland Farm Sanctuary is dedicated to helping homeless farm animals in Wisconsin and building connections between animals and vulnerable youth. Their therapeutic support programs provide healing and hope for hundreds of individuals and their families each year.

UW Medical Foundation employee giving: Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens


Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens plants and grows fresh produce, and provides area pantries with more than 100,000 pounds of fresh food each year. Their efforts to feed those in need are critical to the health and welfare of many in our community.

UW Medical Foundation employee giving: OccuPaws


OccuPaws Guide Dog Association is a life-changing organization dedicated to empowering the visually impaired. Their mission is to place fully-trained guide dogs in excellent health and temperament with visually-impaired adults and children throughout the Midwest.

UW Medical Foundation employee giving: The Road Home


The Road Home is committed to developing positive, long-term relationships with homeless families with children. The support they provide for families not only relieves the immediate struggle of homelessness, but also helps build skills, resources and relationships that set the stage for long-term success.


The following 17 organizations received a donation on behalf of UW Medical Foundation employees:

We thank the 2015 UW Medical Foundation Employee Charitable Giving Workgroup for their hard work in this initiative:

  • Susan Breen
  • Jo Hellenbrand
  • Andy Jacus
  • Tina LaHaise
  • Robbin Miner
  • Temple Palmer
  • Nicki Prestigiacomo
  • Deniz Puro
  • Kathy Seymer
  • Jenn Stangl
  • Christina Tackes
  • Terri Tuggle