UW-Madison Receives $70 Million Matching Gift for Faculty Support

UW-Madison Receives $70 Million Matching Gift for Faculty Support

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has announced a $70 million matching opportunity from alumni John and Tashia Morgridge ('55) in support of faculty recruitment and retention.

To be offered through the end of the year, the one-to-one match will establish or enhance endowed funds for professorships or chairs and provide annual income, in perpetuity, in support of faculty research and salaries. Established in the last quarter of 2019, the gift has already generated more than $34 million in gifts and matches.

Longtime supporters of the university, John Morgridge was the chair of Cisco Systems, one of the largest manufacturers of networking hardware and telecommunications equipment in the world, while Tashia is a retired special education teacher. The couple signed the Giving Pledge in 2010.

The Morgridges previously established a matching gift that generated $250 million in support for faculty and created or supported endowed chairs in the School of Education, the College of Letters & Science, and the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine in the School of Medicine and Public Health. They have also supported or established the King-Morgridge Scholars Program, which recruits students from developing countries to study at UW–Madison; the Morgridge Center for Public Service; the Morgridge Institute for Research, a private, nonprofit biomedical research institute; and endowed chairs in computer sciences, economics, pediatric nursing, geoscience, literacy, and health systems innovation.

"On behalf of all of us in the Badger family, we want to say thank you once again for the continued support and generosity of the Morgridges," said UW–Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank. "Their positive impact on this university will extend for generations to come."

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"New John and Tashia Morgridge Gift: $70 Million Committed to One-for-One Match." University of Wisconsin-Madison Press Release 02/06/2020.