The Wisconsin Union Association is a non-profit, educational corporation representing more than 90,000 Wisconsin Union lifetime members comprised of UW-Madison students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.
A Union Building Committee was established by the UW Board of Regents in the 1920s to raise the funds to build Memorial Union. More than $1 million in gifts from UW students and alumni was received—the single largest fundraising campaign ever undertaken by the University at that time. Fundraising activities continued in the 1930s when money was needed for construction of the Wisconsin Union Theater.
In 1951, the Building Committee was incorporated as the Memorial Union Building Association (MUBA), with a stated purpose of promoting the interests, welfare, and development of the Wisconsin Union through its membership programs, financial stewardship and fundraising. In 2017, MUBA formerly changed its name to The Wisconsin Union Association to better reflect all the ways in which The Association supports the Wisconsin Union.
The Wisconsin Union Association is governed by the Union Trustees, a board comprised of 28 persons including the four student officers of Union Council.
The annual meeting of The Association is held each fall, and a joint meeting with the student members of Wisconsin Union Directorate is always part of the program.
The trustees and associate trustees of The Wisconsin Union Association are committed to being stewards of the Wisconsin Union’s heritage and ideals while encouraging positive change, innovation, growth, and financial support in a manner that is responsive to and supportive of the needs of the Wisconsin Union and its constituencies: students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.
The Association has the following standing committees which shall consist of trustees and associate trustees: Development; Finance; Membership; Board Leadership & Governance; and Student Programs and Leadership. The committees meet at least once each year in conjunction with the annual meeting of The Association.
The Association receives its funds from gifts and grants from individuals and organizations along with lifetime membership fees. The majority of resources are used for physical improvements to both Memorial Union and Union South.
Over the past several years, the trustees have provided financial support for the multicultural murals in Memorial Union, the expansion of the Memorial Union Terrace, the refurbishing of the Hoofer Lounge, and the remodeling of the first floor corridor at Memorial Union and the atrium stairway at Union South. In addition to support for physical improvements, The Association resources also support programs, special studies, such as the Trustee Residency on Wheelhouse Studios, the Leadership Residency, the Theater Residency, and fundraising efforts, such as the Theater Program Endowment Fund.
For nearly 100 years, The Wisconsin Union Association (formerly MUBA) has continued to seek private funds for the betterment of the Wisconsin Union. Make a gift and leave your legacy.