Making a Difference

Save the Date: Board of Trustees Fall Meeting 2016

Get ready for our fall Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for September 23, 2016 in Manhattan. We’re working hard to put together an extraordinary showcase that will enhance your experience as one of K-State’s premier advocates, ambassadors and investors. You’ll learn about the state of the university and the foundation, the challenges we face and the emerging opportunities where you can make a difference.

Watch your mailbox and your inbox for more information later this month. Questions, contact Jennifer Fabrizius at jenniferf@found.ksu or 785-532-7566.

Other upcoming events: A gathering in California
KSU Foundation will host a gathering in conjunction with the K-State vs. Stanford football game in Palo Alto, California on Thursday evening, September 1, at 6:30 p.m., at a location to be determined. We anticipate that space will be limited. An invitation will follow, but we encourage you to RSVP early to Charla Henry at

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Inspiring Houston, Denver and DFW!

Attendees at the DFW Innovation and Inspiration Campaign event enjoyed photo opportunities with Willie. Photo by William Morton Visuals

More than 500 K-Staters in Texas and Colorado were inspired when the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign hit the road this spring, with events in Houston, Denver and DFW. Many thanks to all who attended these events and helped to make them a success!

Here’s a look at these extraordinary evenings.

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Innovation and Inspiration: the momentum continues!


As of April 1, 2016, fundraising for the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign for K-State topped $845 million, moving us closer to our $1 billion goal for the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign and realizing K-State’s 2025 visionary plan. In fact, just 72 percent of the way into the the campaign, we are 85 percent to goal!

Later this spring, we’ll have even more occasion to celebrate this dynamic campaign: The Innovation and Inspiration Campaign is coming to Denver, Dallas and Fort Worth. Join your K-State family for a special evening with K-State leaders and students, learn more about the campaign and how you can make a difference at K-State.

Watch your mailbox and e-mail inbox for more details about these campaign events, or register online:

  • Denver on May 20, 2016, RSVP by May 13
  • Dallas on June 3, 2016, RSVP by May 27
  • Fort Worth on June 4, 2016, RSVP by May 27

If you have questions, please contact Chris Spooner, associate vice president of campaign and central development, at 785-532-7697 or

A letter from Greg Willems regarding the departure of Kirk and Noel Schulz

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I am sure many of your have heard that K-State’s first family, President Kirk Schulz and First Lady Noel Schulz, are leaving K-State for Washington State University. I wanted to provide you with some additional information on this transition, and what it will mean for K-State and KSU Foundation moving forward.

This was a personal career decision for Kirk and Noel, and they are choosing to leave K-State on exceptional terms. Their commitment to K-State, record of professional achievement and relationships on and off campus were outstanding.

While we regret the loss of great leaders and friends, this is a tremendous opportunity for K-State to build on our success the university has enjoyed under Kirk’s leadership. We will continue to build on this momentum as we work to identify K-State’s president, who will work with our faculty, staff and students to boldly advance K-State. Continue reading “A letter from Greg Willems regarding the departure of Kirk and Noel Schulz”

Reminder: Spring Board of Trustees meeting is April 15

Did you register online yet for the Board of Trustees spring meeting on Friday, April 15? We hope you can join your K-State family for a fun-filled time of innovation, inspiration and purple pride.

Highlights include:

  • Join us at 11:30 a.m. in the K-State Alumni Center for a luncheon and discussion around how K-State advocates, ambassadors and investors bring success to a facility initiative
  • State of the University: K-State 2025 Phase II from President Kirk Schulz
  • State of the KSU Foundation from Greg Willems, president and CEO
  • Innovation Showcase: how technology is helping faculty and students address college affordability
  • Inspiration Showcase: K-State Student Foundation leaders reflect on the history of their organization and the highly successful K-State Proud campaign they lead
  • A reception at the KSU Foundation building at 1800 Kimball Ave.
  • Landon Lecture Series, 7 p.m. in McCain Auditorium, featuring husband and wife political pundits John Avlon and Margaret Hoover
  • All-University Open House on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a fun campuswide exhibition of K-State’s 250-plus majors and options, 475-plus student organizations and the family atmosphere that makes K-State great

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K-State Proud campaign surpasses $1 million


K-State Proud surpassed the $1 milllion mark this spring, with $1,030,000 raised and more than 520 students assisted since the student-led campaign began 10 years ago.

“The KSU Student Foundation and their K-State Proud campaign has created a level of engagement for student philanthropy that is second-to-none nationally,” said Greg Willems, president and CEO of the KSU Foundation. “Surpassing their million-dollar goal validates the vision and hard work of this outstanding organization and the students who have offered their service. We’re proud to be working with them to build a culture of philanthropy that begins while they are students and will continue for a lifetime of supporting K-State.”

K-State Proud is a nationally recognized fundraising campaign for K-State. Guided by the leadership of the K-State Student Foundation, the campaign encourages students to show their K-State pride through philanthropy. All campaign donations support Student Opportunity Awards for fellow K-State students who have exhausted all other forms of financial aid.

Welcome, new KSU Foundation staff!

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John Morris will begin working as the new senior vice president of development on April 25. Morris will lead all aspects of fundraising, working with foundation leadership, campus partners and the KSU Foundation board to strengthen the foundation’s overall fundraising capacity. In his previous position as senior director of development at the University of Minnesota Foundation, Morris led his development team to increase gift production by 60 percent.

Nicole Askew is the new director of development for University Programs. She has 15 years of development experience and most recently worked for the University of Illinois at the Chicago School of Business.

Amy Kreidler joins the foundation as an assistant director of development for the College of Engineering. Prior to joining the foundation, Kreidler worked as a business development manager for Lockheed Martin in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Continue reading “Welcome, new KSU Foundation staff!”

Innovation and Inspiration Campaign update

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Progress to date

Innovation and Inspiration Campaign’s fundraising total has risen to over $811 million toward our $1 billion goal (as of January 1, 2016). Thank you to all K-State alumni and friends for their generosity and support for the campaign, which will drive Kansas State University forward toward our strategic vision to become a top 50 public research university by 2025. To keep abreast of campaign fundraising progress, please visit the Innovation and Inspiration website, where we update our total monthly.

Save the date!

This spring, K-Staters in Houston, Denver and Dallas/Fort Worth will be invited to Innovation and Inspiration Campaign events. Like the campaign launch in October, these metropolitan events will feature the voices of K-State students, faculty and staff. Watch your mailbox and inbox for more details about these upcoming campaign events:

April 8, 2016

May 20, 2016

Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
June 3 and 4, 2016

If you have questions, please contact Chris Spooner, associate vice president of campaign and central development, at 785-532-7697 or

K-State 2025: The next five years

K-State-2025-logo-250x123Five years into K-State’s 2025 plan, Kansas State University is reflecting on key accomplishments and refining the strategic metrics for the next five years of the university’s plan to become a top 50 public research university by the year 2025.

The university released its K-State 2025 Progress Report last fall, which highlighted the accomplishments of the plan to date. The President’s Cabinet is also working together to refine benchmarks and metrics that will guide progress toward the goal over the next five years.

“Much of the refinement underway is a reflection of the changing funding climate for public education in the state of Kansas and beyond, as well as concerns about the rising cost of public education for families,” said Greg Willems, KSU Foundation president and CEO, who is also a member of the President’s Cabinet. “The collaborative nature of this discussion — which includes myself and leaders from campus, K-State Alumni Association and K-State Athletics — is an essential component to moving this visionary plan forward.”

To learn more and stay up to date on the K-State 2025 plan, visit

Kansas State University Foundation holds ribbon-cutting for new office park


The Kansas State University Foundation and Kansas State University celebrated the opening of the K-State Office Park on Friday, Dec. 4, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house. The new building is the first in a multiphase project that will fuel collaboration, philanthropic support and economic development in the North Campus Corridor.

On the corner of Kimball and Denison avenues, the first 60,000-square-foot building in th20151204_ksuf_event_0084e K-State Office Park offers a new home for the KSU Foundation and office space for corporations and industry.

“The KSU Foundation is honored to lead the development of the K-State Office Park,” said Greg Willems, president and CEO of the KSU Foundation. “As K-State’s home for philanthropy, the new space honors and celebrates our generous donors and leaders in philanthropy, and it allows the KSU Foundation to grow and sustain philanthropy for Kansas State University well into the future. This activity is central to our role as a university foundation and will be a driving force in achieving K-State’s 2025 vision.”

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Inspired by you: The Innovation and Inspiration Campaign launch

I&I-logo_PMS268 no taglineOn October 9, 2015, more than 1,000 purple-clad supporters witnessed a historic announcement in McCain Auditorium, and thousands more K-Staters heard the news via livestream or social media post: That K-State was launching the $1 billion Innovation and Inspiration Campaign, and that more than $766 million had been raised as of Sept. 30.

“The journey toward our 2025 vision takes another huge step forward tonight with the public launch of the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign,” Schulz said. “The tremendous generosity of alumni and friends who believe in Kansas State University’s future is truly the foundation for our success and the inspiration for this historic campaign.”

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Join us! KSU Foundation Ribbon Cutting and Open House


Please join us for the ribbon cutting and open house at the new home of the Kansas State University Foundation.

Friday, December 4, 2015
4-6 p.m.
1800 Kimball Avenue
Manhattan, Kansas

RSVP online or by calling 785-532-7093.

Questions? Contact Kate Ryan at 785-532-7559 or

More on our new home
On Monday, Oct. 26, the Kansas State University Foundation relocated to the K-State Office Park, a 14-acre tract of land at the corner of Kimball and Denison avenues, Manhattan, which is adjacent to the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility site and the Grain Science and Industry Complex.

“Our move to the new location at the K-State Office Park is an important step in an exciting future for the KSU Foundation,” said Greg Willems, president and CEO of the KSU Foundation. “The new facility will provide us with the office space needed to sustain fundraising for K-State well into the future. It will serve as the philanthropic home for K-State where donors will be recognized and celebrated for their generosity.”

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A look back at the 2015 Fall Board of Trustees meeting

Members of the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees met October 9, 2015 at Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union. Highlights from this year’s meeting included a preview of the annual State of the University address by K-State President Kirk Schulz, a State of the Organization presentation by KSU Foundation President and CEO Greg Willems, a panel discussion on leadership and the future of K-State.

Here’s a look back in pictures of the meeting’s highlights:


President of the Board of Trustees Curt Frasier welcomed the trustees and kicked off the fall meeting. Continue reading “A look back at the 2015 Fall Board of Trustees meeting”

K-State alumni and friends give $141.5 million for fiscal year 2015


Philanthropic gifts and commitments by alumni, friends, parents, faculty, students and corporate partners of Kansas State University totaled $141.5 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

This level of philanthropic support marks the third most successful year in charitable giving in the more than 70-year history of the Kansas State University Foundation, and the fourth consecutive year fundraising has topped $100 million.

“The support of our alumni and friends is a resounding endorsement of the leadership of the university and future of Kansas State University,” said retired Gen. Richard Myers, Arlington, Virginia, chairman of the KSU Foundation board of directors. “The K-State family continues to come together year after year in support of our great university, and I am excited for the bold future we will build together.” Continue reading “K-State alumni and friends give $141.5 million for fiscal year 2015”

Lead tenants named in multi-phase K-State Office Park


Garmin International Inc., U.S. Engineering, and Veterinary and Biomedical Research Center will be lead tenants in the first building in the new K-State Office Park. This innovative four-phase project will help lead the development of Kansas State University’s north campus corridor and fuel economic growth and development of Manhattan and the region. Continue reading “Lead tenants named in multi-phase K-State Office Park”

KSU Foundation announces new AVP of Constituent Development

White_Matthew 2015_DCM-005The KSU Foundation recently announced the hiring of Matt White as Associate Vice President of Constituent Development. White has experience in higher education and healthcare development, with strengths in managing teams, developing strategic plans and building relationships with deans and external stakeholders. He comes to the foundation from Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital in Maryland Heights, Missouri, where he served as vice president and chief development officer. Previously, White worked in development at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, working his way up from director of development for the School of Public Health to Executive Director of Development for the Medical Center. Continue reading “KSU Foundation announces new AVP of Constituent Development”

A letter from Greg Willems

greg-089r-2Greetings KSUF Board of Trustees,

Last week, I officially hit the 30-day mark as president and CEO of the KSU Foundation. This first month has been an exciting one, filled with learning and listening. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the KSU Foundation staff, our campus partners, donors and friends, and especially learning more about the K-State family.

While the listening and learning will continue, my first 30 days have taught me volumes about the KSU Foundation and its potential to move Kansas State University forward. We’ve enjoyed tremendous successes over the last several years. Fundraising has soared to new heights, our endowment investment performance is nationally recognized and the construction of our new office building, to be completed in October 2015, will support our organization’s needed growth to advance philanthropic giving into the distant future. Continue reading “A letter from Greg Willems”

National study finds Kansas State University’s endowment growth among best in nation for 2014


The growth of Kansas State University’s endowment in fiscal year 2014 was among the best in the nation, according to a study by the National Association of College and University Business Officers, or NACUBO, and the Commonfund Institute.

The study found that the valuation of Kansas State University’s endowment — $474 million at the end of the 2014 fiscal year — represents a 30 percent increase over the previous year. This places Kansas State University in the top 5 percent of all U.S. college and university endowment growth for that time period. Continue reading “National study finds Kansas State University’s endowment growth among best in nation for 2014”

Join us for the Spring 2015 Trustees Meeting!

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We hope you are planning to join us in Manhattan for the Spring 2015 Trustees Meeting, Friday, April 10. The All-University Open House is Saturday, April 11.

Registration deadline is today, Friday, April 3. Click here to register!

We are excited to see you and promise that your weekend will be packed with great presentations, plus opportunities to meet and greet fellow trustees. See you soon!