Professional Development / Endowment Campaign

Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) is a significant contributor to the professional improvement of Extension Personnel. ESP awarded over $150,000 in grants to 200 Extension faculty and staff for professional development. ESP depends upon the generous support of its members and non-members to continue offer these grants.


Supporting Public Education

As society becomes more complex, Extension educators must continuously enhance their skills to remain effective. Professional growth and development are crucial to meeting communities’ educational needs. Yet institutional support for professional development is shrinking as governmental budgets become tighter. Epsilon Sigma Phi, an honorary and educational Extension fraternity, is dedicated to fostering professional excellence within the Extension System.

A Lasting Legacy

An investment in professional development is an investment in the future of public education. A donation to the Epsilon Sigma Phi Endowment Campaign keeps Extension educators in the forefront of our society’s changing educational needs. Future generations will benefit from the investments we make today.

Making a Difference

Donations to the Endowment Fund are used to help Extension faculty and staff grow through opportunities such as advanced degrees, professional certifications, study leaves, research and special projects. All projects funded through the endowment will have the same goal – to strengthen the ability of Extension educators to make a difference in peoples’ lives in the communities where they live and work. More information on the Grants Committee is available online.

How to contribute to the Endowment Fund

Methods of Giving

There are many ways to contribute to the Epsilon Sigma Phi Professional Development Endowment Campaign. Whichever you choose, you can be sure your gift will make a difference for Extension and the people of Wisconsin.

Making a Donation

Donations can be made via:

  • One time gift in your own name. Make a gift online.
  • Cash gift recognizing a stepping stone in a colleague’s career or life
  • Cash gift in memoriam for a colleague who has died
  • Including a bequest to ESP in your will
  • Establishing a life insurance policy with ESP as the beneficiary
  • A gift of stocks or bonds to ESP
  • Establishing a private annuity with ESP through the UW Foundation
  • Other estate planning and tax sheltering strategies on which the UW Foundation can advise you

Your contribution is recognized on the “The Evergreens.”

Epsilon Sigma Phi:

The Evergreens

“The Evergreens” sculpture, displayed prominently outside the Gale VandeBerg auditorium at the Pyle Center on the UW – Madison campus, commemorates on-going donations to the Epsilon Sigma Phi Endowment Fund that provides scholarships to enhance the knowledge and skills of University Extension faculty and staff as they reach out with education to people of Wisconsin, the nation and world. Epsilon Sigma Phi is an honorary educational fraternity of actively employed and retired Extension professionals.

Gifts to the Endowment are recognized on “The Evergreens” at the following levels:

  1. $50,000 or moreEvergreen endowment plaques
    Named award
    Individual plaque
    Gold Stone
  2. $25,000 – $49,999
    Named award
    Individual plaque
    Silver Stone
  3. $10,000 – $24,999
    Named award
    Individual plaque
    Copper Stone
  4. Your name on The Evergreens Pine Cones
    • Golden: $5000 – $9999
    • Crown: $2500 – $4999
    • Contributor: $1000 – $2499
  5. Your name on The Evergreens Leaves
    • Gold: $500 – $999
    • Silver: $250 – $499
    • Copper: $50 – $249