Improve the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting and strengthening physicians' ability to practice high-quality patient care in a changing environment.

Why Give?

At the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, we believe that evidence-based, physician-led community programs support the conditions necessary for positive health outcomes. A strong and adequate physician workforce is also critical. We give because we empathize with Wisconsin medical students who need scholarship support and leadership opportunities to achieve their dreams.

Our donors give because they’ve seen the difference our programs and initiatives make:

  • The young physician who chose to practice in rural Wisconsin in part because of the mentoring relationship he formed with his white coat donor;
  • The implementation of a new public safety law that arose from Foundation-funded fellowship research;
  • The thousands of children statewide joyfully eating vegetables they helped grow at school or community gardens;
  • The medical student, spouse and parent who felt a little lightening of the weight on her shoulders after receiving a Foundation scholarship.

The reason you donate to the Foundation may be personal to you. Below are some to the reasons why hundreds of individuals and groups have donated to the Foundation each year for the last 60 years.

Physician-led, Statewide Impact: The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation exists to advance the health of the people of Wisconsin through support of medical education, grant funding for public health initiatives and community outreach programs.

Physicians set our strategic goals, select our scholarship, fellowship, and grant recipients, and comprise the majority of the Foundation’s board of trustees. Physician leaders provide informed guidance to the selection processes.

The Foundation supports projects or pilots that show high promise based on findings from scientific studies and expert opinions. Foundation priorities are determined by those “on the front lines” of health issues: physicians.

Our statewide reach means that the Foundation seeks out and supports the most promising pilot projects wherever they may be and promotes the implementation of successful projects in more communities throughout the state.

Memorial Gifts and Named Scholarships: No one becomes a physician entirely on his or her own. A gift to the Foundation can serve as a meaningful expression of gratitude to those who helped you along the way.

Many donate to the Foundation to honor those who have passed, perhaps esteemed colleagues, beloved parents or a child. Our dedicated staff listen deeply to your intentions and desires for your gifts and serve as trusted stewards and turn your intentions into action.

Others donate to the Foundation to assist medical students on their journey into the profession. It’s not uncommon for medical students today to accrue a staggering $200,000 in education debt. This sum is expected to increase over the coming years, making scholarship funding essential to ensure that bright, talented students continue to choose careers in medicine.

If you would like more information about the work of the Foundation or specific programs, contact Foundation executive director Eileen Wilson at 608.442.3822 or e-mail foundation@wismed.org.

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