Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, April 15, 2019

Class of 2018 wins Day of the Badger competition

Class of 2018 wins Day of the Badger competition

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 for winning the La Follette School’s first Day of the Badger Class Competition. More than one-quarter of 2018 graduates donated to the La Follette School during UW–Madison’s inaugural day of giving (actually 1,848 minutes).

With nearly 20 percent of graduates donating, the Class of 2014 finished second. Day of the Badger donations exceeded $6,300 and will be used to increase recruitment of students from underrepresented groups and to expand students’ out-of-the-classroom experiences like the La Follette in DC program.

Led by the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, Day of the Badger began at 5 p.m. Monday, April 8 and concluded at 11:59 p.m. April 9. The 1,848 minutes represent the year of UW–Madison’s founding.

“Because this was our first day of giving, we had no idea what to expect,” said La Follette School Associate Director Steve Kulig (MPA ’14). “We were thrilled, though, to have more than 60 alumni donate. This gives us a good baseline for the 2020 Day of the Badger goal.”

Nearly 45 percent of all donations came from alumni who graduated in the past five years, while Terry Lierman (MA ’71) made the largest donation – a $2,500 gift. A member of the La Follette School’s third graduating class, Lierman is a founding partner of Summit Global Ventures and former chief of staff to leadership in the US House of Representatives.

The La Follette School intentionally focused on the number of donations rather than a dollar amount, said Kulig. “Our alumni give back to their alma mater in many ways in addition to financial support, and we’re grateful for each and every one of them,” he said.

As president of the La Follette School Student Association (LSSA) in 2013–14, Kulig is certain his fellow LSSA presidents will make the 2020 Day of the Badger even more competitive. “But you better start strategizing now, because the Class of 2014 is stepping up its game,” he said.