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The Gift of Education – Helping PLATO Help Others

  • The PLATO Education Fund was established in 2012 in order to provide financial assistance to low-income, marginalized adult students pursuing a college education, and to support educational opportunities for learners of all ages through local community organizations. 

  • During the past ten years PLATO member donations have provided more than $245,000 to support scholarships for returning adult students at UW-Madison, as well as supporting the Odyssey Project and other local community programs.

  • This year PLATO member donations are providing $46,000 to support these educational efforts.

  • Each year more than 100 individual PLATO members generously contribute to the PLATO Education Fund.

Many PLATO members have benefited from access to educational opportunities throughout their lives. By supporting the PLATO Education Fund members demonstrate their commitment to extending these benefits to others who otherwise would not have the resources needed to participate in these opportunities. Donations to the PLATO Education Fund are tax deductible. Please give today.

Learn about the students who are benefiting from PLATO scholarships this year: 2023-24.

See PLATO Scholarship recipients from previous years: 

2022-2023, 2021-20222020-20212019-20202018-20192017-20182016-2017; 2015-2016.

How you can help...

Make an IRA Charitable Rollover Gift

If you are over 70½, consider giving directly from your IRA with a Qualified Charitable Distribution.  Click the button below to find out more.

Give from Your IRA

Donate Online

Click the button below to go to the UW Foundation’s secure website where you can use your credit card to make a onetime or recurring, tax deductible contribution:

Donate Online

Donate by Mail

  • Download and complete this DONATION FORM.
  • Use a check or credit card to make your tax deductible contribution.
  • Make checks payable to: UW Foundation PLATO Fund (132907458).
  • Mail the completed form to:

UW Foundation PLATO Fund
US Bank Lockbox
PO BOX 78807
Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807

Additional ways to give

The UW Foundation offers a variety of gift options you may wish to explore. Careful planning can maximize the positive effects of outright contributions such as cash, appreciated securities, life insurance policies, real estate, and gifts of personal property, as well as deferred gifts such as bequests, testamentary trusts and life income trusts.

To learn more, visit

PLATO is proudly supported in part by Oakwood Village.

PLATO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in association with:

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6209 Mineral Point Road #203
Madison, WI 53705

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