Social Media Giveaways

Effective Date / Date of Last Revision:  January 2, 2024

NO PURCHASE, DONATION, OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE. By entering the contest, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and all applicable local, state, and federal laws.


To enter the Giveaway, you must, at the time of entering, be: (a) a legal resident of the United States and (b) 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. The Giveaway is void where otherwise prohibited by law.

Employees of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (the “Sponsor” or “WFAA”) or the members of the University of Wisconsin Foundation Board, or their respective affiliated companies, parents, subsidiaries, service partners, and advertising agencies (collectively, “Giveaway Entities”), and their IRS dependents, immediate families (i.e. parents, children, siblings, spouse) and members of their households (whether related or not) are ineligible to participate in this Giveaway.

How to Enter

No purchase is necessary.

No contribution or donation to WFAA or the University of Wisconsin-Madison is necessary to enter or to win a prize in this contest, nor will making a gift to WFAA or the University of Wisconsin-Madison increase your chances to win.

To enter the Giveaway, follow the terms specified by WFAA in the social media post announcing the giveaway. The number of entries allowed per person shall be one (1) per natural person, regardless of the number of likes, follows, or tags by the person during the promotional period. Attempts to obtain more than one entry by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations, and logins, or any other methods, will void all the entrant’s entries. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the owner of the Facebook, X (formerly known as Twitter) and/or Instagram account associated with the entry or the authorized account holder of the email account of the email address submitted at time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to the Facebook, X, and/or Instagram account.

Post Requirements

Social media posts must not (a) contain any copyrighted or trademarked content (other than as owned by the entrant or Sponsor); (b) show any recognizable individual other than the entrant unless the entrant has obtained permission from all living individuals appearing recognizably in a photo (or the parent/guardian of any minors appearing in a photo); (c) contain vulgar, pornographic, obscene, reckless, illegal or indecent behavior or content; (d) defame or libel any third party; or (e) invade the reasonable privacy of any third party.

Entries that do not comply with these Official Rules or that otherwise contain prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified and will not be considered for prizes. The Sponsor further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to remove, block or restrict any entry that the Sponsor believes does not comply with these rules.


One randomly selected winner in each drawing will receive the prize (or one of the prizes) specified by WFAA in the social media post announcing the giveaway (“Prize”). Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

The Prize cannot be substituted, assigned, transferred, or redeemed for cash by the winner; however, the Sponsor reserves the right to make an equivalent prize substitution at its sole discretion. The winner may waive the winner’s right to receive the contest prize. The Sponsor, its affiliates, and agencies are responsible for prize delivery only. The Prize will only be delivered to addresses in the contiguous United States. The Sponsor does not make any representation or warranty with respect to the Prize, and hereby disclaims any and all express and implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to the Prize.

Winner Selection and Notification

Each winner will be notified via social media or email using the contact information provided with the winner’s entry. If a potential winner does not timely respond to the notification, or if an entrant is found to be ineligible, or the prize notification is returned as undeliverable, the Prize will be forfeited, and an alternate winner selected.


Entrants who attempt to bypass software or security measures, whether directly or indirectly, will be disqualified. If any entrant believes that another entrant is cheating or attempting to cheat, such entrant should not post accusations of cheating on the Sponsor’s Facebook, X, or Instagram page, but should instead send a message to the Sponsor to

Comments posted on the Sponsor’s Facebook, X, or Instagram page that it deems offensive, prejudicial, violent, harassing, threatening, profane, misleading, or otherwise objectionable or contrary to the interests of Giveaway Entities or other entrants will be deleted as determined in the sole discretion of the Sponsor.


Entrants acknowledge and understand that the Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, X, or Instagram.

All federal, state, or other tax liabilities (including income taxes) and any expenses related to the winners’ acceptance and use of the Prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. Winners will be required to complete an IRS Tax Form W-9 for any prizes with a value of $600 or more.

Incomplete, inappropriate, unintelligible, or otherwise non-compliant entries will be disqualified. Entrants who supply negative or inappropriate photos/comments will be disqualified. Entrant must be the rightful owner of the Facebook, X, or Instagram account used for entry. Entrants are solely responsible for internet connection and usage rates, if any, charged by your internet service provider. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of an entrant, the authorized Facebook, X, or Instagram account holder or owner of the email address associated with entry will be deemed to be the entrant.



The Giveaway Entities, Facebook, X, and Instagram are not responsible for any technical, mechanical, printing, typographical, human, or other error of any kind relating to or in connection with the Giveaway, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in the administration of the Giveaway, the processing of entries, the announcement of the Prize or any Giveaway-related materials; or for any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with this Giveaway; for incomplete, lost, late, stolen, damaged, inaccurate, illegible, misdirected, garbled, delayed, or undelivered entries; or for technical hardware or software malfunctions or failures of any kind, lost, unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions, which may limit an individual’s ability to participate. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant or entry that is in violation of the Official Rules or to cancel, suspend, or modify the Giveaway and disqualify any implicated entrant(s) (and their entries) if any fraud, virus, actions by entrants, technical, or other error or problem of any kind, or any other occurrence corrupts or affects the administration, integrity, security, or proper play of the Giveaway, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. In the event of cancellation, the Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to award any prize in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the event or action warranting such cancellation or to take any other action it deems equitable to fairly award any prize.

No Liability

By entering, entrants and the winners agree to comply with all Official Rules as stated and agree to release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless the Giveaway Entities, Facebook, X, and Instagram, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents from and against any claims made by the winner, entrants, or any other third parties, related in any way to the operation of this Giveaway as well as any other claims, damages, or liability resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse, or use of any prize or participation in any Giveaway-related activity or participation in this Giveaway.

Winner Information/Official Rules Request

To receive prize winner information or an additional copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped business-size (#l0) envelope within 14 days of the end of the drawing to:

Attn: Communications Team
Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association
1848 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53726

Please specify “Official Rules” and/or “Winner Information.”