Financial Stewardship

WARF exists to benefit UW–Madison

WARF helps steward the cycle of research, discovery, commercialization and investment for the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research. We support campus competitiveness through our investments of time, expertise and funds.

Since our founding in 1925, we have returned significant funds to the university while growing an endowment that today is worth more than $2.6 billion (as of June 30, 2015), ensuring UW–Madison can count on substantial funding year after year. The funding our investment portfolio affords has allowed UW–Madison to recruit and retain world-class faculty, helped fund major building projects and helped support the scientific programs that keep the university at the forefront of research.

WARF also supports UW–Madison by providing services that the university would otherwise be responsible for, including the patenting, licensing and commercialization of technologies and payments to inventors.

Since 2009, we have provided seed funding to help launch the Morgridge Institute for Research, which augments research taking place at UW–Madison.

“WARF's continuing investment is critical to our success as a research institution. Historically, WARF's annual grants and other initiatives and investments have been highly important, enabling graduate student support, faculty recruitment and retention, and the ability of faculty members to pursue lines of research that might not otherwise be possible. WARF's many contributions help us maintain our excellence,” says Chancellor Rebecca Blank.