Making a Difference

Category: 2018

KSU Foundation announces $174.2M in fundraising for FY18

Philanthropic gifts and commitments to Kansas State University given through the Kansas State University Foundation totaled $174.2 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018. This marks the second most successful year in the university’s fundraising history.

“2018 was an incredible year as generous K-State alumni and friends, university faculty and staff, and campus partners stepped up to boldly advance the university and move K-State closer to becoming a Top 50 public research university,” said Greg Willems, president and CEO of KSU Foundation. “The K-State family can be proud of what we have achieved together to support students, faculty, facilities and programs in fiscal year 2018.”
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Have you seen our Kids Tell videos?

Kids Tell | Scholarship from KSU Foundation on Vimeo.

This fall, the KSU Foundation launched a new video series called Kids Tell, featuring the next generation of the K-State family (who also happen to be the children of KSU Foundation employees). The kids talk about purple pride, scholarships and more. Keep an eye out for #KSUFoundationKids videos on our social media and share them widely!

A look back at the spring meeting

More than 200 members of the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees gathered on Friday, April 20 for a day full of updates, celebrations and action!

In the morning, attendees received an update on the State of the Organization, an update from K-State President Richard Myers and a presentation from the Huron Group. Thanks to your contributions to the Trustees Excellence Fund, K-State was able to engage this strategic enrollment management consulting group to study enrollment trends.

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Medal of Excellence: Celebrating Dan and Beth Bird

At the spring meeting, trustees Dan and Beth Bird, Manhattan, Kansas, were awarded the K-State Medal of Excellence, which recognizes those who have advanced Kansas State University through exceptional service, leadership and philanthropic contributions.

Dan received his degree in animal sciences and industry from K-State in 1962. Beth earned her degree in business administration from K-State in 1961.

The Birds have served as past members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. They are lifetime members of the Alumni Association and  Continue reading “Medal of Excellence: Celebrating Dan and Beth Bird”

Trustees at work: Engagement Suite success!

The spring meeting featured a new way for Trustees to get involved and make a difference through the Trustee Engagement Suites.

Trustees attended three suites that highlighted ways to get involved and action items to advance the K-State family though student recruitment, governmental advocacy and donor stewardship.

Collectively, trustees wrote 535 thank you notes to K-State donors, and captured more than 100 videos that were sent to top prospective students and generous donors through our ThankView system.

Click “continue reading” to see the results!

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Coming soon! Spring Trustee Meeting 2018

The Spring 2018 Board of Trustees Meeting is coming soon! We hope you plan to join us on Friday, April 20, for an action-packed day with your K-State family. Your full invitation will arrive in the mail soon, but a number of you have already begun to make your plans. Here are some key start times to keep in mind:

Board of Trustees Meeting
Friday, April 20, 2018

8 a.m.: Coffee, pastries and social time
Courtyard, K-State Student Union

9 a.m.: Morning sessions begin
Forum Hall, K-State Student Union

Noon: Trustees luncheon/2018 Medal of Excellence recipients recognized
Ballroom, K-State Student Union

1:15-3:30 p.m.: Trustees-in-Action Engagement Activities (New this year! See your invitation for more details).
2nd Floor Concourse, K-State Student Union

4 p.m.: Board of Trustees Reception
KSU Foundation, 1800 Kimball Ave.
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It’s K-State PROUD week!

On Monday, the Student Foundation kicked off their Spring 2018 K-State Proud Campaign Week! As they have for more than a decade, members of K-State Student Foundation and K-State Proud volunteers can be found in the Student Union collecting donations and distributing this year’s Proud T-shirts to be worn to the K-State Men’s Basketball game against Iowa State on Saturday! Continue reading “It’s K-State PROUD week!”

Trustees in action: Trustee-Student Foundation Mentor Program

The KSU Foundation was excited to host Trustee Diane Patrick, a 1970 graduate in political science, and her Student Foundation mentee, Tori Thomas, a junior in biological systems engineering and Spanish, at our January All-Staff meeting. The pair shared the story of their incredible mentor/mentee relationship. We will share their story and more at the Spring Meeting of the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees on Friday, April 20!

Staffing update: Leadership changes in KSU Foundation Development Division

Chris Spooner will serve as the key leader for corporate and foundation engagement as the Associate Vice President of Development. Chris will work closely with campus entities to expand our partnership opportunities with industry. His focus on this area will help evolve our relationship with industry to be more holistic in nature and respond to the changing needs of our industry investors. Chris will continue his leadership to both the University Programs and Gift Planning teams.

Sheila Walker has been promoted to Associate Vice President of Development. Sheila will provide leadership to our Manhattan campus collegiate fundraising teams. As she has done so successfully in her role with the College of Arts and Sciences, Sheila will coach and mentor our collegiate fundraising staff while continuing to build and maintain collaborative relationships with our deans and academic leaders.

Eric Holderness has been promoted to Associate Vice President of Development. In this new role, Eric will provide leadership to the annual giving, universitywide fundraising teams along with supervising our development staff for K-State Polytechnic. With the impending evolution of our annual giving program, Eric will provide strategy and leadership as we focus on lead generation and expanding our donor base. In addition to coaching and developing these teams, Eric will remain an active fundraiser, working closely with colleagues.

Kent Sedlacek will serve as Sr. Director of Gift, Estate & Trust Planning and will provide essential oversight to the administration and process of structuring, documenting and administering deferred gifts. He will continue to serve in an advisory capacity to donors on complex transactions and collaborate with development staff across the enterprise. Capitalizing on his expertise and communication skills, Kent will lead estate planning outreach activities and education opportunities to prospective donors, volunteers and staff.

Ben Johnson has been promoted to Sr. Director of Planned Giving. Reporting to Chris Spooner, Ben will provide direct supervision to the gift planning officers while continuing to serve as a frontline officer.