The University Purchasing & Management Cooperative was formed in the fall of 1931, incorporating in the spring of 1932 on the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus as the Fraternity Buyers Cooperative. Since its inception, the Cooperative has been an integral part of the campus community, growing to include almost 50 UW organizations, over 100 vendors, and annual sales exceeding $1,000,000. Click here to learn more about UPMC’s history.
Membership in UPMC
UPMC’s membership encompasses the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s student organizations, cooperatives, Greek societies, professional associations, and religious organizations. Any non-profit organization drawing its membership from the University of Wisconsin’s students, staff, or faculty can be a member. Go to “Join UPMC” to find out more about membership with UPMC.
UPMC is member owned and operated. The Executive Director runs the Cooperative, while the Board of Governors oversees and guides the business decisions of the Cooperative. The Board consists of seven “senior” governors drawn from alumni and employees of member organizations and faculty/staff from the University and six “student” governors drawn from the active undergraduate membership of the member organizations.