About the KSU Foundation

The Kansas State University Foundation was established in 1944 as the official fundraising organization for Kansas State University. It is a separate, independent entity chartered by the state of Kansas as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education corporation. Gifts made to support K-State through the KSU Foundation are used according to the donor’s wishes, and may not be reallocated by the state. Gifts to the foundation are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

A volunteer board of trustees governs the foundation. A 15-member board of directors elected from the membership of the trustees meets quarterly to consider strategic and policy issues, and is authorized to act on the trustees’ behalf. Directors, along with additional trustees, also serve on standing committees to provide guidance and oversight to foundation staff. More information about the membership and duties of the committees, as well as a directory of foundation trustees is available here.

Advancing K-State through philanthropy

Foundation staff members work in close partnership with university administrators, deans and faculty to secure charitable contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations to support identified priorities for the university. Gifts received through the foundation fund undergraduate and graduate student scholarships, establish faculty chairs and professorships, provide college and departmental support, and enhance the campus infrastructure.

After the money is raised, it must be prudently managed. This function is managed by foundation staff members who work under the guidance of an advisory committee of trustees. You can learn more about our investment policies and performance here.

The impact of philanthropy

K-State is at the threshold of a bold new vision: We will become a top 50 public research university by 2025. As a member of this elite group, K-State will be a powerful economic driver for growth and development by generating new knowledge and producing graduates who will impact Kansas, the nation and the world.

Philanthropic support from loyal alumni, friends, corporate partners and foundations, who share a passion to see K-State advance, will be crucial to achieving this transformational goal.

We thank you for your continued confidence in our great university, and pledge that your contributions will be stewarded with care.

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Gift acknowledgement and accountability

Find out how gifts are acknowledged by the KSU Foundation and learn about our standards for reporting to donors.

Donor Bill of Rights

Read about your rights as a donor.