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UW-River Falls Foundation

UW-River Falls is successful because of the generous support of our alumni and friends. Private donations enhance the educational experience by funding research activities, scholarships, faculty and staff development and more.  

We look forward to helping you find ways to improve our university for the generations to come. I encourage you to contact a member of our Foundation team for further information.


An independent, not-for-profit Wisconsin corporation, the UW-River Falls Foundation is organized solely for the benefit of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Private giving to the Foundation is essential in raising the level of excellence at the university. Through support of the university’s goals and objectives, the Foundation is committed to engaging people who care about the university, and who have the dedication to promote and support its initiatives. The Foundation manages funds according to the wishes of the donors, promotes a culture of philanthropy, and adheres to the ethical and conscientious stewardship of all gifts.

New Foundation President

Burns named UW-River Falls Foundation president

September 10, 2018 - Janet Burns has been named president of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Foundation, effective immediately. Burns has been serving as the interim president since June and has been the Foundation accountant since February 2013.

In this role, Burns will lead the Foundation team that receives, manages, and disperses Foundation funds consistent with board policy, donor wishes, and the strategic initiatives of the university. Burns will report directly to the UWRF Foundation Board of Directors with ongoing interface and collaboration with the UWRF Chancellor and the Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement. 

Burns brings over 20 years of experience to the position. Previous experience includes:  financial specialist with the UWRF Foundation, financial operations accountant for the City of River Falls Municipal Utilities, and staff accountant at Wilson & Geissler. She is also a committed community advocate having served with the Pierce County Relay for Life 2004-18 as team member, team captain, and event chair, as well as serving as the River Falls Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors treasurer since 2014. 

Burns received her B.S. in finance from UW-LaCrosse.

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