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The Real Butter Fund

Tax deductible. No calories.

Make a contribution to the Wisconsin Film Festival’s Real Butter Fund!

Use the form on the right to pay by credit card, or make checks out to the “Wisconsin Film Festival” and mail to:
   Wisconsin Film Festival
   1050 University Ave.
   Madison, WI 53706

If you send a check, please include this very simple PDF form (name, address, etc.) to help us comply with University guidelines.

Contributors to the Real Butter Fund may be listed by name in the Wisconsin Film Festival program, or on this web site. You may choose to have your name not listed.

If you are considering making a major contribution to the Wisconsin Film Festival, please contact the Festival’s director of operations and development, Christina Martin-Wright (608-890-4561 | email) or UW Foundation representative Eric Greiling (608-890-1223; email).

What is the Real Butter Fund?

It’s a way for folks to help support the Festival through voluntary donations. These funds are applied to many of the Festival’s expenses and are for the butterment…er…betterment of the Wisconsin Film Festival.

The Festival is always brought to you by the UW Arts Institute in association with UW Communication Arts Film Studies Program, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. (We think it’s the largest campus-based film festival in the country.)

It is a nonprofit educational program. Any contributions to the Real Butter Fund are considered donations to the UW–Madison. Charitable gifts that are not made in exchange for goods or services—which is the case here—are deductible as charitable contributions if you itemize your tax returns.

This fund is associated exclusively with the Wisconsin Film Festival, so your donation is guaranteed to be used only for this event.

Why does the Festival need to raise outside money?

Supporters like you are so important because the entire annual Festival operating budget needs to be generated anew each year.

Some funding comes from applications for foundation and community grants, contributions from University partners (programs who share their own funding with us to help bring films to the Festival), and sponsorship from local businesses who are committed to keeping the Festival vibrant. The rest comes from ticket revenues.

You can really make a difference in keeping this event affordable for everyone in our community.

Why is it called the Real Butter Fund?

buttermobileThis is Wisconsin. Real butter represents everything that is good and great about our state’s dairy traditions (read about the “oleo margarine wars” here). The Real Butter name was inspired by a mobile that hung above the popcorn counter at the former Strand Theater on East Mifflin Street in Madison. The mobile was salvaged before the building closed in 1990.

It’s popcorn, it’s movies, it’s Wisconsin. It’s good.

Thank you!

Give online.

After the successful completion of this online donation, you’ll receive an email which will act as your receipt. Please double-check the accuracy of your email address!

Any questions? Please contact Christina Martin-Wright (608-890-4561 | email).

To comply with the University of Wisconsin’s guidelines about charitable donations, required fields are marked with a star (*).

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*your first name

*your last name

contributors to the Real Butter Fund may be listed by name in the Wisconsin Film Festival program or web site. If you’d like to be listed differently than the name given above (e.g., “The Coppola Family” or “Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy”), please note that here:

(optional) alternate name for donor list

please check this box if you prefer to have your name not displayed on donor list:


enter the address where you receive the bill for this card.

address 2



*zip code


*phone number including area code

*email address

How much would you like to donate to the Real Butter Fund?
Any amount is welcome!
If you are considering making a major contribution to the Wisconsin Film Festival, please contact Christina Martin-Wright (608-890-4561 | email) or UW Foundation representative Eric Greiling (608-890-1223; email).


or select this button and fill in your own amount here!  $

Thank you! Click for the next page on the University’s secure CashNet site, which will prompt for your credit card information.


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Questions? : Christina Martin-Wright (608-890-4561 | email)