Annual & Planned Gifts

Law School Annual Fund. You can make a gift online (there is a drop-down box to Law School Dean’s Highest Needs or you can specify another Law School designation using the drop-down write-in feature). Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted.

Or mail (check payable to Marquette Law School):
Marquette Law School
Eckstein Hall
Attention Law School Annual Fund
PO Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

Woolsack Society. For more than forty-five years, the Woolsack Society has been a primary force driving advances at Marquette University Law School. It is the Law School’s premier donor-recognition society. The Woolsack Society recognizes individuals who donate $2,000 or more to the Law School on an annual basis or, in the case of recent alumni, an amount that is correlated to the year of graduation. Gifts of $2,500 ($500 above the Woolsack Society entry level) also qualify donors for inclusion in the President’s Society (the new annual-giving university-recognition society which includes an invitation to the President’s Picnic and other special considerations and communications throughout the year).

Woolsack Society Recent Alumni Giving Scale (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015)
Year 1 2014 (year of graduation) $25
Year 2 2013 $35
Year 3 2012 $50
Year 4 2011 $75
Year 5 2010 $125
Year 6 2009 $250
Year 7 2008 $500
Year 8 2007 $750
Year 9 2006 $1,000
Year 10+ 2005 $2,000

You can make your Woolsack level gift online (there is a drop-down box to Law School Dean’s Highest Needs). Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted.

Or mail (check payable to Marquette Law School):
Marquette Law School
Eckstein Hall
Attention Law School Annual Fund
PO Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

How to make a stock gift. (PDF form)

Veteran’s Scholarship. Help us endow a scholarship to assist veteran’s to attend Marquette Law School. Use the secure on-line gift form – use the drop down box and go to “other” and type in Law School Veteran’s Scholarship or pledge using the PDF form.

Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic. For students—for businesses for the community. Marquette Law School seeks to establish an Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic to provide high-quality, free legal services to entrepreurs and startup businesses through southeast Wisconsin. Contact John Novotny at john.novotny@marquette.edu for more information or Use the secure on-line gift form – use the drop down box and go to “other” and type in Law School Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic.

Planned Gifts.

Planned Giving is not just bequests and can include appreciated stock; real estate; and other gifts that return a benefit to the donor or are payable upon the donor’s death, such as:

Charitable gift annuities. A donor makes a gift and the institution remits fixed payments to the donor for the rest of his or her life. Upon the donor’s death, the institution retains the remaining balance of the annuity. Charitable remainder trusts operate in a similar fashion.

Charitable lead trusts. This trust pays the institution for a set number of years or over the donor’s lifetime. When the trust terminates, the balance is returned to the door or the donor’s heirs.

Life Insurance policies. Donors may designate the institution as a beneficiary or the owner of a policy.

Retirement accounts. Donors may name the institution as the successor beneficiary of all or a portion of their individual retirement account, 401(k), or other retirement plan.

A shared commitment of advancing the Marquette University Law School to new and higher levels of achievement characterizes members of the Legacy Society, a recognition society for those who support Marquette by means of a planned gift.

The Planned Giving Staff is always available to assist you and your attorney or other professional advisor.

If you are considering a bequest ...

Sample Bequest Language …

Unrestricted Bequest: I give to Marquette University, for the benefit of the Law School, a not-for-profit corporation located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, (the sum of___________ dollars) or (a specific asset) or (____________% of the remainder of my estate) to be used for its general purposes.

Bequest for a Specific Purpose: I give to Marquette University, for the benefit of the Law School, a not-for-profit corporation located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, (the sum of________ dollars) or (a specific asset) or (________% of the remainder of my estate) to be used for ______________ examples: scholarship, a particular college or program).

Bequest for an Endowed Scholarship: I give to Marquette University, for the benefit of the Law School, a not-for-profit Corporation located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, (the sum of__________ dollars or (a specific asset) or (_______% of the remainder of my estate) to be used to establish the (insert desired name) Endowed Scholarship Fund to provide scholarship for law students. If this gift does not meet the minimum threshold then in place to establish a named endowed scholarship fund at Marquette University ($50,000 minimum currently required), then such gift shall be added to the general fund for endowed scholarships for students in law school.

We encourage you to contact us about your planned gifts to ensure that your gift will benefit the Marquette University Law School in the way you intend.

To find out how you can make a difference shaping the future of Marquette University Law School, please contact:

Christine Wilczynski-Vogel
Associate Dean for External Relations, Events, and Facilities
Phone: (414) 288-3167
E-mail: christine.wv@marquette.edu

John Novotny
Director, Law School Advancement
Phone: (414) 288-5285
E-mail: john.novotny@marquette.edu