Obey Center

David R. Obey Civic Resource Center
Donor Opportunities

The David R. Obey Civic Resource Center will open to the public September 3, 2014 at the UW Center for Civic Engagement in Wausau. The mission of the Center is to educate and encourage young people to become knowledgeable and active participants in a healthy democratic society. The Center also provides research opportunities for students, scholars and citizens using original congressional archive material in partnership with the Wisconsin State Historical Society.


Contributions to the David R. Obey Civic Resource Center will support furniture and technology purchases; staffing; and programming, including K-12 class visits, youth civic participation initiatives and college student leadership activities. (See below for naming opportunities).


Donors who give at the $250 level or above will have their names etched in the glass on the south or west-facing windows to represent the Center’s commitment to transparency in government and politics.


Suggested contribution levels:

• Founder: $10,000
• Leader: $5,000
• Benefactor: $2,500
• Patron: $1,000
• Sponsor: $500
• Sustainer: $250
• Better Way Club: $150
• Friend: $100

Checks are payable to WIPPS Obey Center. WIPPS (Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service) is a unit of the UW-Colleges and UW-Extension and therefore all donations are tax deductible.  For further information, please contact Connie Nikolai: connie.nikolai@uwc.edu or 715-261-6368.

 

Donation Levels and Benefits

Category
Donation
Benefit
Founder
$10,000
  • Individual name and/or company logo prominently etched in reserved Founder window
  • Full-page color advertisement in premium position in commemorative event program
  • Naming rights to select program for one year (see below)
  • Founder name or logo prominently featured in commemorative program and at opening event
Leader
$5,000
  • Individual name and/or company logo etched in reserved Leader window
  • Full-page color advertisement in event program
  • Naming rights to program for one year (see below)
  • Leader name/logo prominently featured in commemorative program and at opening event
Benefactor
$2,500
  • Individual name and/or company logo etched in reserved Benefactor window
  • Full-page black and white advertisement in commemorative program
  • Benefactor name /logo listed in commemorative program and at opening event
Patron
$1,000
  • Individual name and/or company logo etched in reserved Patron window
  • Half-page black and white advertisement in event program
  • Patron name/logo listed in commemorative program and at opening event
Sponsor
$500
  • Individual or company name etched in reserved Sponsor window
  • Quarter-page black and white advertisement in event program
  • Listed as Sponsor in commemorative program
Sustainer
$250
  • Individual name etched in reserved Sustainer window
  • Commemorative Obey Center card
  • Listed as Sustainer in commemorative program
Better Way Club
$150
  • Listed as Better Way Club in commemorative program
  • Commemorative Obey Center card
  • Priority seating at WIPPS/Obey Center events
Friend
$100
  • Listed as Friend in commemorative program

 

Obey Center Programs with Naming Opportunities

  1. Policy Lecture Series featuring former Congressmen David Obey and Tom Petri (and other former elected officials). The Center will offer the opportunity for students at UW and other colleges and universities in Wisconsin to hear directly from former elected officials about the value of civic participation, how politics works at the state and national levels, and bi-partisan discussion on key policy issues. NOTE: Proceeds will be used only for travel and related expenses. Speakers will not receive salary or speakers' fees. Program costs = $5,000-$10,000 per year
    Naming example: The Joyce Perkins Policy Lecture Series
  2. Youth Civic Participation Program. The Center will promote activities for K-12 students, both at the Center and in schools. The Center will partner with Kids Voting USA-Wisconsin to offer cocurricular activities, including multimedia presentations; lectures and discussions about political and civic participation and how government works; presentations on accessing information about local, state, and national public policy issues; and seminars on using historical archives. Program Costs = $10,000 per year
    Naming example: The Parker-Anderson, LLC Youth Civic Participation Program
  3. Civics Teaching Alliance. Professional development training will be provided for K-12 teachers, with an emphasis on civics, history, and public policy. The project will be modeled after the highly successful History Teaching Alliance, which provides K-12 teachers with professional development. Program costs = $7,500-$15,000 per year
    Naming example: The Johnson Investment Company Civics Teaching Alliance
  4. Washington Seminar. Carry out a Washington Seminar for college students. The seminar would include interaction with the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation and other prominent leaders with state ties - helping students to better understand the national democratic process. Special consideration will be given for at risk and first generation college students. Program Costs = $5,000-$10,000 per year
    Naming example: The Samuel J. Johnston Washington Seminar Program
  5. Obey Archive Digitization Project. The Wisconsin State Historical Society has digitized about 2 percent of the Obey archive. This project will engage students in digitizing the entire collection to be housed on the Society’s public website.  This project will serve as a hands-on teaching and learning tool for students. Program Costs = $5,000 per year
    Naming example: The Smith Family Archive Digitization Project
  6. Student Civic Leadership Program. The program will consist of a week-long summer residency at the Resource Center learning from current and former policy leaders, to be followed by a year-long hands-on research project with community and faculty members serving as mentors. Program Costs = $10,000-$25,000 per year
    Naming example: The Stevens Insurance Student Civic Leadership Program
  7. Gubernatorial History Project. Conduct interviews with Wisconsin’s former governors to capture important moments and stories from Wisconsin’s recent political history. The project would also seek to bring together former governors for one or more public events to discuss key policy issues. Program Costs = $10,000-25,000 per year
    Naming example: The Mott Corporation Gubernatorial History Project
  8. Traveling exhibits on public policy. The Center will feature exhibits addressing current public policy issues or topics of historical importance. Exhibits will be displayed in the Center and, possibly, travel throughout the region. Exhibits may be developed in the Center or secured from other organizations. Program Costs = $5,000 per year
    Naming example: The David and Sheryl Wright Public Policy Exhibit