One for the books

Throwing the book at high-cost resources

March 24, 2021, Kansas State University alumni, faculty, students, staff and friends gave $503,161 to help students save money on textbooks by participating in All In for K-State, KSU Foundation’s second 24-hour fundraising sprint. Once deployed, this investment will save K-State students at least $5 million per year.

K-Staters from every state, Washington D.C. and as far away as Liverpool, England, came together — virtually — to make essential class materials more affordable for K-State students by supporting Textbooks 2.0. Textbooks 2.0 saves students money by replacing expensive traditional textbooks with open/alternative digital resources tailored to the class by the instructor and has saved K-State students $6.8 million in the last six years.

“Once again, the K-State family rallied together to create an extraordinary opportunity to address affordability for students,” said Eric Holderness, associate vice president of development. “It is clear the culture of philanthropy is strong here at K-State and there is not a better display of that fact than what happened on March 24. Thanks to all who made this year’s All In a resounding success.”

Digital Development Officer Quinlan Stein celebrates when All In for K-State succeeded in getting gifts from all 50 states.

Greg Willems, KSU Foundation president and CEO, records a thank you video for donors.

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