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Our mission is to champion opportunity — to make the benefits of postsecondary education more attainable for all

Discover the divisions of Ascendium. Each is focused on elevating opportunity and enabling student success.

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We elevate opportunity

We’re a nonprofit organization. We’re a loan guarantor. An education philanthropy. We provide tools and services that drive postsecondary education and career success. And we believe in the power of education and workforce training to expand opportunity.

We give back

From time to time we make donations to organizations that fall just outside the framework of our philanthropy program’s funding strategy but still support our mission to elevate opportunity. Some examples include support for United Way agencies in the communities where our employees live and work, grants to Madison-area nonprofits doing racial justice work and computer donations to community-based centers.