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“The future of USM is now in our hands.”
TOGETHER WE HAVE RAISED A TOTAL OF
65%
TOWARD OUR $27,000,000 CAMPAIGN GOAL. THANK YOU.

Our Common Bond

For generations, University School of Milwaukee has served as a pillar of academic excellence, built on the heritage of our predecessor schools that include Milwaukee Country Day School, Milwaukee Downer Seminary, and Milwaukee University School.

It is with confidence and pride that we now launch Our Common Bond: The Campaign for University School of Milwaukee, seeking funding that will enhance critical areas of School life and provide us with the ability to “think big” across our curriculum.

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Capital

Our capital projects will yield significant academic returns and long-lasting value to the School, while extending the spirit of community so central to our mission. It is critical that our facilities continue to set USM apart.

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Endowment

Endowment gifts create a permanent source of funding for faculty development, financial aid, campus maintenance, and more, ensuring that USM is able to provide a world-class education for generations to come.

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USM Fund

The USM Fund is our School’s top giving priority, supporting the annual operating budget, and programs that impact every students’ experience, including athletics, faculty development, financial aid, fine arts, technology, and more.

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CAMPAIGN NEWS

"We are all dedicated to making sure that this is the best educational institution for all students who come through the School."

Laura Fuller
Head of School
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Campaign Timeline

September


The new 2013-2020 Strategic Plan is approved by the Board of Trustees and introduced to the USM community.

January


USM commences a six-month feasibility study to determine the community's interest in various potential campaign priorities, including a commons, performing arts center addition, innovation center, and endowment growth for faculty compensation and financial aid.

July


Engagement interviews begin with key stakeholders in the USM community.

August


USM kicks off the "50 Years of USM" celebration to honor the merger of its three predecessor schools (Milwaukee Country Day School, Milwaukee Downer Seminary, and Milwaukee University School) in 1964.

The Board of Trustees provides a challenge match for the annual giving program in honor of the "50 Years of USM" celebration.

November


A USM "Think Tank" consisting of alumni, faculty, and administrators, is established to engage in discussions about innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Board of Trustees and administrators engage in discussions about the need for a campus community welcome space for parents and visitors to the School.

March


Administrators begin discussions with faculty about the need for additional space in the Upper School dining room and Virginia Henes Young Theatre, as well as other fine arts needs for the School based on the feasibility study feedback.

May


Following conversations that have occurred throughout the spring, the Board of Trustees votes to move forward with a capital campaign.

July


Head of School Laura Fuller and the Board of Trustees establish a Campaign Cabinet, consisting of Trustees and other members of the USM community, and appoint Trustees Rick Stratton '92 and Karin Werner as campaign co-chairs.

August


The Board of Trustees approves the creation of a comprehensive capital campaign, to be named "Our Common Bond" to reflect the strength of the USM community; the campaign includes capital, endowment, and annual fund giving, and the Board sets a preliminary working goal of $27 million.

The Advance Gifts Division of Our Common Bond begins in earnest, with the School receiving commitments from Trustees and their families.

September


The Our Common Bond case for support, to be used in conversations with prospective donors, is published.

October


Informed by conversations by the innovation and entrepreneurship "Think Tank" that was established in November 2014, administrators and faculty begin discussions about the need for a larger and more integrated makerspace in the Upper School.

December


Our Common Bond receives an advance gift from Bruce '81 and Jennifer Lee for the Lee Community Room.

June


Our Common Bond reaches 100% support from the Board of Trustees.

July


Our Common Bond receives an advance gift from the extended Uihlein family in support of the naming of the Jack Olson '67 Commons.

September


USM dedicates the Bruce '81 and Jennifer Lee Community Room and Darrow Family Welcome Center.

October


Our Common Bond receives an advance gift from a USM family in support of the naming of the Commons lobby.

The Leadership Gifts Division of Our Common Bond commences cultivation activities with a broader segment of the USM community.

December


Our Common Bond receives a leadership gift from Alex Palermo '86 in support of the naming of the Upper School servery.

February


The Board of Trustees votes to approve the groundbreaking on the commons, innovation center, and the performing arts center addition, as well as renovations to the theatre.

March


Our Common Bond receives an advance gift from the Lubar Family in support of the naming of the Lubar Center for Innovation and Exploration.

Our Common Bond achieves the milestone of having raised 51% of the $27 million comprehensive campaign goal.

May


Official groundbreaking ceremony attended by 1,200 people.

Construction on the capital projects begins, with great progress occurring during the summer months.

August


USM dedicates the Lubar Center for Innovation and Exploration following the Opening Ceremony for the first day of the 2017-18 school year.

September


Our Common Bond achieves the milestone of having raised 60% of the $27 million comprehensive campaign goal.
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