Friends of UW Health 2018 Grants

You Make Patients and Families’ Lives Better One Grant at a Time

As a member of Friends of UW Health, you help fund programs and services that directly benefit our patients and families but are not covered by insurance.  Friends provided $135,000 in support this year. For the second year Friends was able to open its grant application to outside organizations.

Examples of programs and projects within UW Health supported by a grant from Friends:

  • Patient and Family Housing Fund. Provides hotel rooms for patients and families who lack financial resources.
  • Daily delivery of USA Today newspapers on patient breakfast trays to all inpatient units.
  • Stroke Education Kits, which educate stroke patients about their risk factors for stroke and are a visual reminder to keep the patient and their family motivated about lifestyle changes that can help prevent a stroke in the future.
  • A Busy Bee Cart for the Pediatric Complex Care Program, which provides children with medical complexity, fun and accessible activities during very long outpatient appointments.  Included are floor mats, which makes it possible for wheelchair bound children to get out to stretch and play instead of being strapped in for the entire appointment.
  • Palliative Care Comfort and Healing Toolbox for the outpatient palliative care clinic.  This includes a variety of supplies for distraction, legacy building to support and aid families in their grief and bereavement process through healthy coping practices.
  • Financial support for the Safe Sleep for Homeless Infants initiative.
  • A portable sensory machine to provide a positive surgical experience for children with autism or enhanced sensory needs.

A few examples of external organizations and projects supported by a grant from Friends and benefiting UW Health patients and families include:

  • Support for Breastfeeding Mothers through Access Community Health Centers.
  • BSP Free Clinic: dedicated to providing quality specialty healthcare to uninsured patients, and is the only free clinic providing multispecialty healthcare in Wisconsin.  It is staffed by volunteer physicians and nurses.
  • CenteringPregnancy Expansion: combines health assessment, interactive learning and community building to help support positive health behaviors and drive better health outcomes.
  • Badger Childhood Cancer Network: provides financial assistance to make sure children on treatment for cancer and blood disorders do not have their health or safety endangered by lack of access to safe housing, adequate nutrition or necessary transportation for tests and treatments.
  • Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center: seeks to reduce the trauma to children who are victims of abuse or neglect or witnesses to crimes, by promoting the coordination of multi-disciplinary investigations, conducting forensic interviews in a child-friendly environment, and providing ongoing advocacy to affected children and families.
  • Share the Health Free Gynecology Clinic, Inc.: improves the health of underserved women in need of gynecologic specialty care in Dane County and neighboring communities.

Friends accepts grant proposals on October 1 of each year. Funding criteria can be found at

Support next year’s grants by becoming a member. Join online today!