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:


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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