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Giving to WLC

Wisconsin Lutheran College relies on the generosity of alumni, parents, friends, corporations, and foundations that believe in the college's mission of preparing Christian leaders.

The costs of attending college certainly do add up quickly. However, many assume that the money WLC collects in tuition equals what it costs to operate the college. While that’s a natural assumption, you may be surprised to learn that tuition only covers 27 percent of the cost of a WLC education.

That’s right − nearly three quarters of what it costs to run the college comes from gifts to the college! Those gifts come in many forms, but by far and away, most of the money raised comes from individual donors like you − people who believe in Wisconsin Lutheran College and want to see it flourish and grow.

We rely on the generous spirit of those who value this institution. We hope you are included in that group. If so, thank you for your support. If not, please consider a gift. As you can see, your donation is critical to each and every student, each and every day.

Why is my alumni gift so important?

The percentage of alumni supporting Wisconsin Lutheran College financially at any level is crucial for evaluating the college. It is one factor that is used in determining the college's ranking in surveys. Thanks in part to alumni support, Wisconsin Lutheran College continues to be ranked among the best colleges by the U.S. News & World Report.

Additionally, foundations consider the alumni giving percentage when reviewing grant applications and making award decisions. Higher giving percentages can yield more favorable responses from philanthropic organizations. Since Wisconsin Lutheran College grant proposals can involve millions of dollars, your gift is worth millions!

Wisconsin Lutheran College alumni giving by fiscal year (July 1 - June 30):

Fiscal Year Alumni Donors Gifts Received
2013-2014 450 $241,760.00
2012-2013 404 $161,521.55
2011-2012 343 $122,616.25
2010-2011 335 $95,419.54

2009-2010

339 $111,001.40
2008-2009 323 $101,597.76
2007-2008 325 $97,550.00
2006-2007 273 $105,670.12
2005-2006 264 $50,143.03
2004-2005 302 $45,297.99
2003-2004 187 $24,480.52
2002-2003 329 $34,644.73
2001-2002 333 $25,149.05
2000-2001 223 $23,726.80

How can I give?

Alumni can give online or by mailing in a printable form (pdf) to the Wisconsin Lutheran College Alumni Relations Office at 8800 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226.

Thank you for your financial support of Wisconsin Lutheran College!