A record-breaking year: Donors contribute $212 million in fiscal year 2019 for Kansas State University

Donations to Kansas State University reached an all-time high in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, with more than $212 million in private gifts through the Kansas State University Foundation.

“This was the most successful fundraising year in K-State history,” said Greg Willems, president and CEO of the KSU Foundation. “These exceptional fundraising results are fueled by the extraordinary commitment of our donors, whose generosity grows with each passing year. We at the KSU Foundation are proud to inspire and guide that philanthropy to boldly advance the K-State family.”

Of the $212 million raised in fiscal year 2019, donors gave 53% of those dollars through endowed gifts, pledges and deferred gifts, which ensure the long-term prosperity of the university. Giving to the university’s endowment was the highest in five years, and the value of K-State’s long-term investment pool grew to $613.4 million. Endowment growth is key to K-State’s goal of becoming a top 50 public research university by the year 2025, as it directly correlates to the university’s capacity to serve future generations of K-Staters.

“It is an honor to thank all of our donors — alumni, friends, corporate partners, faculty, staff and students — who expressed their support of K-State so generously this year,” K-State President Richard Myers said. “This new milestone in fundraising will have a great impact on students, faculty and facilities at K-State. There’s no question that this level of support from the K-State family will help advance the university this year and for many years to come.”

Other key philanthropic achievements for the 2019 fiscal year included:

•  Donors established 208 new scholarships, up from 170 the previous year. A total of $47.7 million was raised for scholarships and student success overall, up from $37 million from the previous year.

•  A record 39 gifts and commitments of $1 million or more were made, totaling more than $129 million.

•  More than $156 million was raised for academic purposes.

•  Gift commitments through estate planning, including wills, trusts and annuities reached $72 million.

•  Fundraising for the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign exceeded the fundraising target of $1.4 billion. The campaign, which surpassed its original $1 billion goal in April 2017, will continue to raise funds for K-State priorities until its scheduled end on June 30, 2020.

“The generosity of K-State’s alumni and friends is truly remarkable,” said Steve Lacy, chairman of the KSU Foundation Board of Directors. “This achievement is a clear statement of support for K-State and its future, and it’s truly inspirational to see the K-State family come together to achieve this landmark year of giving.”

Giving totals for Kansas counties in fiscal year 2019, including number of donors and amount by county are:

County No. of donorsAmount
Allen                                  72$95,584.00
Anderson                               64$18,369.50
Atchison                               129$95,029.50
Barber                                 51$16,977.00
Barton                                  365$2,025,329.82
Bourbon                                43$13,750.00
Brown                                  179$235,887.54
Butler                                 522$572,344.14
Chase                                  41$17,677.00
Chautauqua                             12$870.00
Cherokee                               38$58,102.36
Cheyenne                               23$8,750.00
Clark                                  40$229,949.00
Clay                                   249$147,046.49
Cloud                                  162$183,167.80
Coffey                                 101$111,887.00
Comanche                               16$7,475.00
Cowley                                 174$70,071.67
Crawford                               114$162,916.00
Decatur                                40$20,679.35
Dickinson                              390$469,792.99
Doniphan                               85$68,839.97
Douglas                                585$5,841,417.33
Edwards                                46$154,000.00
Elk                                    12$4,984.00
Ellis                                  237$109,862.81
Ellsworth                              90$260,267.00
Finney                                 331$683,089.03
Ford                                   245$226,184.00
Franklin                               184$318,840.00
Geary                                  332$226,808.84
Gove                                   37$38,122.00
Graham                                 19$14,932.00
Grant                                  50$8,225.00
Gray                                   87$112,786.00
Greeley                                25$15,272.00
Greenwood                              78$23,513.00
Hamilton                               27$9,922.50
Harper                                 36$16,844.00
Harvey                                 324$2,858,595.01
Haskell                                47$20,765.00
Hodgeman                                27$9,700.00
Jackson                                160$49,083.29
Jefferson                              190$56,916.13
Jewell                                 58$24,757.98
Johnson                                6,661$9,712,382.53
Kearny                                 37$63,504.25
Kingman                                75$35,191.68
Kiowa                                  42$17,308.00
Labette                                61$161,897.00
Lane                                   44$21,711.00
Leavenworth                            375$119,521.50
Lincoln                                52$22,372.00
Linn                                   30$7,564.00
Logan                                  35$8,224.00
Lyon                                   207$115,461.57
Marion                                 133$28,155.00
Marshall                               234$556,353.75
McPherson                              434$225,800.00
Meade                                  37$4,338.00
Miami                                  272$128,053.48
Mitchell                               173$197,041.25
Montgomery                              140$40,214.00
Morris                                 142$1,173,440.00
Morton                                 15$870.00
Nemaha                                 221$983,232.15
Neosho                                 71$1,086,202.00
Ness                                   53$70,070.00
Norton                                 50$188,174.00
Osage                                  127$39,063.00
Osborne                                56$528,967.40
Ottawa                                 108$40,827.93
Pawnee                                 84$397,926.00
Phillips                               112$952,973.04
Pottawatomie                           1,119$605,053.41
Pratt                                  152$217,522.25
Rawlins                                40$6,794.00
Reno                                   557$513,524.41
Republic                               132$110,158.00
Rice                                   105$117,041.00
Riley                                  6,444$14,146,267.07
Rooks                                  52$16,692.51
Rush                                   40$134,618.07
Russell                                 75$76,445.30
Saline                                 941$16,365,024.30
Scott                                  108$181,557.12
Sedgwick                               3,108$6,312,134.87
Seward                                 55$24,398.00
Shawnee                                2,081$4,536,737.56
Sheridan                               27$14,444.50
Sherman                                56$27,035.00
Smith                                  46$10,701.00
Stafford                               100$22,456.50
Stanton                                23$3,931.00
Stevens                                32$3,893.00
Sumner                                 141$69,082.00
Thomas                                 124$130,336.04
Trego                                  24$8,215.00
Wabaunsee                              190$50,155.54
Wallace                                33$5,765.00
Washington                             158$153,293.00
Wichita                                33$4,944.00
Wilson                                 44$28,520.00
Woodson                                17$4,335.00
Wyandotte                              396$92,168.43
TOTAL32,671$76,635,464.46 

As Kansas State University’s strategic partner for philanthropy, the KSU Foundation inspires and guides philanthropy toward university priorities to boldly advance K-State family. The foundation is leading Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University to raise $1.4 billion for student success, faculty development, facility enhancement and programmatic success. 

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