7,243 Gifts

7,243 Gifts

Science Hall

Nelson Institute

20,619 Dollars

111 Gifts

Matches and Challenges

Available matches and challenges have been met. Please continue to show your support to help this campaign make an even greater impact!

Nelson Institute Match


Thanks to the Nelson Institute Board of Visitors, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar — up to $8,000— during Day of the Badger.

This match has ended.

Nelson Institute First Challenge


Nelson Institute Board of Visitors and Caterpillar Inc. are excited to issue a $2,000 challenge. The first 75 gifts to make a gift to Nelson Institute during Day of the Badger will help unlock a $2,000 gift toward the Environmental Futures Fund.

Nelson Institute

Nelson Institute Second Challenge


Nelson Institute Board of Visitors and Caterpillar Inc. are excited to issue another $2,000 challenge. Once 115 gifts are made to Nelson Institute during Day of the Badger, an additional $2,000 will unlock for the Environmental Futures Fund.

This challenge has ended.

The world is changing at a rate and scale unprecedented in human history. How can we meet humanity’s needs in just and innovative ways while protecting the environment on which life depends? 

Your support of the Nelson Institute helps us meet these challenges head on, through imaginative research that transcends disciplinary boundaries; hands-on educational initiatives that bridge classrooms and communities; and public programs that foster environmental conversations among people from business, government, academia, and advocacy. 

How Gifts Make a Difference

Our students take their Nelson education with them into alumnihood — like recent graduate Soumika Gaddameedi who, through her position at the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, led the charge to raise $120,000 for Wisconsin bird conservation.

Our faculty carry out innovative, applicable research, like the work being done by Professor Becky Larson to help Wisconsin’s dairy farms reduce dangerous emissions.

Our work directly supports Wisconsin businesses: with the new Corporate Sustainability Internship Program, our best and brightest students are matched with strategic business partners to help them expand their sustainability efforts while gaining real-world experience.

Our superlative faculty and staff — from professors to administrators — go above and beyond, like senior scientist Michael Notaro, who spends his summers hosting a STEM camp for autistic youth

Recent Donors

Linda & John Nelson





Starr Welk-Schwartz

See all donors on our virtual donor wall