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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 donors

Amount

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

TOTAL

32,671

$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.