Mission: Support for faculty, students, and arts at uw-madison (primarily) and uw-milwaukee (secondarily).
Programs: The trust is operated for the benefit of uw-madison and uw-milwaukee. The principal purposes of the trust are to provide professorships, scholarships, and fellowships and to fund capital projects.
a historian was hired to prepare a history of the william f. Vilas trust estate. The history was published and is available to the public.