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Alverno Strong

Alverno Strong:

For Our College,
Our Milwaukee, Our World

We’re transforming Alverno College’s future while meeting Milwaukee’s and the world’s most urgent needs at this unprecedented moment. That means investing in high-demand programs that will drive Alverno’s growth while addressing our region’s greatest workforce challenges. Building up endowed funds so that we can attract and retain top faculty and advance their best and boldest ideas. Growing our scholarship funds so we can make Alverno’s transformative education accessible to all.

The world needs what Alverno provides more than ever. And to achieve our visionary plan, we need YOU. Will you join us? 

Our campaign priorities


Health care
We’re growing our nursing programs, training health educators and kinesiology specialists, and preparing students for advanced study in pharmaceutical science, medicine, dentistry and physical therapy to meet the massive demand for health care professionals across Wisconsin and beyond.

Mental and behavioral health
We’re addressing the national provider shortage by training psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, music therapists, psychologists, social workers and case workers ready to tackle the mounting mental and behavioral health crisis.


Academic excellence and women’s leadership 
We’re equipping high-achieving women with the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and become the leaders our world needs.


K-12 urban education
We’re preparing teachers, school psychologists and administrative leaders to alleviate the growing teacher shortage and help students and educators achieve success even during challenging times.


Adult learning and new initiatives
We’re creating innovative education degrees and credentials for working adults and nontraditional students who will be best served by Alverno’s unique higher education programs.


  • Invest in high-demand programs that will fuel Alverno’s growth and meet our region’s urgent workforce needs 

  • Establish an endowed chair, professorship or Excellence Fund so we can attract and retain world-class faculty and provide the resources they need to excel
  • Support student scholarships so we can recruit more high-achieving students and make an Alverno education accessible to all 

  • Give to the Alverno Fund to support annual operations costs and urgent critical needs

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a five-year, $37 million campaign to transform Alverno College’s future while meeting Milwaukee’s and the world’s most urgent needs at this unprecedented moment. 

Our previous campaign focused on much-needed capital improvements to our campus. This campaign builds upon the pillars of the College’s strategic plan, investing in people and programs in areas that are critical for our region: health care; mental and behavioral health; academic excellence and women’s leadership; K-12 urban education; and adult learning and new initiatives. In addition to expanding high-demand programs, this campaign will grow Alverno’s annual fund, endowed funds and scholarship resources.

This comprehensive campaign includes all gifts made between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2024.

You can support the Alverno Strong campaign in many ways. You can make an immediate gift or create a pledge to be paid over a period of years. Options for giving can including making a cash gift, transferring stock, making a charitable rollover gift through an IRA, and/or establishing a planned gift by including Alverno in your will or as a beneficiary on your insurance policy. To learn about your options, please contact or call 414-382-6085.

Your investment in endowed chairs, professorships, scholarships and Excellence Funds strengthens Alverno now and in the future. Endowed funds are a powerful tool to help us recruit and retain top faculty and students, elevating our College’s reputation and providing a stable source of funding that allows us to pursue initiatives we might not otherwise be able to afford. Alverno will invest your gift for long-term growth while making 5% of the principal available for annual spending. Options include:

  • Endowed chair: Establish with a gift of $3 million or more
  • Endowed professorship: Establish with a gift of $1 million or more
  • Endowed scholarship: Establish with a gift of $50,000 or more
  • Excellence Funds: Support a specific program or department with a gift at any level

Ask if your company has a matching gift program; you may be able to double or even triple your gift. Remember that sharing is caring: Share your support of Alverno Strong on social media and invite friends and family to join you. 

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Guided by our mission, bolstered by 130+ years of innovating education and transforming lives, we are ready to write the next chapter in Alverno’s story. Together, we can ensure that our College remains Alverno Strong for generations. Donate today.

If you have questions or want to learn more, contact us at 414-382-6085 or Thank you for your support!

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