Reports from standing committees were given by their respective chairs. Click on the committee name to see the full report.
Progress to dateInnovation 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five 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 www.k-state.edu/2025.
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.
“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.”
On 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.”
Please join us for the ribbon cutting and open house at the new home of the Kansas State University Foundation.
Friday, December 4, 2015
1800 Kimball Avenue
RSVP online or by calling 785-532-7093.
Questions? Contact Kate Ryan at 785-532-7559 or email@example.com
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.”
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”
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”
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”
The 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”
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”
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”
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!
Greg Willems has been named president and chief executive officer of the KSU Foundation, Manhattan, effective Friday, February 27.
“We are pleased to welcome Greg Willems to the K-State family,” said retired Gen. Richard Myers, Arlington, Virginia, chairman of the KSU Foundation Board of Directors. “Greg comes to us with extensive development and management experience, having successfully led several major research universities through comprehensive capital campaigns. He truly has the experience and passion worthy of leading the KSU Foundation into the future.”
Willems has held executive fundraising positions at the University of Hawai’i, University of British Columbia and Texas A&M. Prior to his development work, he worked in the corporate sector in the construction, finance and insurance industries.
We’ve improved an area of our website, and invite trustees to help us evaluate it!
This fall, we launched major enhancements to My Giving History, an area of our website where donors can access their past giving information. The new improvement built on that core capability with graphics that help donors visualize the areas where they have made an impact. It also offers the new ability to download scholarship and endowment reports for those who have established funds.
Loyal K-State donors and friends are just part of the reason “there’s no place like purple.” This video, released in December, served as a way to thank K-Staters for another year of generosity. It’s also a great example of KSU Foundation’s in-house video production capabilities.
Mark your calendars: Upcoming Board of Trustees Meetings
April 10-11, 2015 and October 2-3, 2015
Trustees Janet and Jack Ayres check in before the beginning of the 2014 Board of Trustees meeting in September.
This year’s annual meeting of the Board of Trustees was more interactive, informative and inspirational than ever before, with more than 200 trustees from 17 states attending. Here’s a look back at some highlights of the meetings.
K-State’s new welcome center will be named the Berney Family Welcome Center, in recognition of the $11 million commitment to advance K-State made by Rand and Patti Berney, McKinney, Texas.
Construction on K-State’s Berney Family Welcome Center will begin in January 2015. The unique facility will be located in the east side of K-State’s Memorial Stadium, the first memorial built on campus. The Berney Family Welcome Center will distinguish K-State as one of the first universities in the country to provide a central location for resources that welcome prospective and new students, along with the career and employment services to help students make the transition from college to career. This facility will serve the entire K-State family as the front door to new opportunities. The warm, progressive environment will foster engagement among prospective and current students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and corporate representatives. Interactive technology will be utilized throughout the facility. The atmosphere will convey K-State’s philosophy of “putting students first.”‘
For the last nine years, faculty and staff at K-State have come together to support K-State through the All-University Campaign. With each year, the campaign has gained momentum, with more and more faculty and staff becoming more passionate about giving back to the area of K-State they care about most.
This fall, we asked more than 15 faculty and staff members why they give to the campaign. The resulting conversations show that for many, K-State is more than just an employer; it’s where they give. Read more giving stories from faculty and staff.
Alumni, friends, parents, faculty, students and corporate partners of Kansas State University made philanthropic gifts and commitments totaling $211 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014.
This figure sets a new record in charitable giving in the 70-year history of the KSU Foundation, surpassing the $200 million mark for the first time. The previous record of $152 million was set last year.
“The generosity of K-State’s alumni and friends is phenomenal,” said retired Gen. Richard Myers, Arlington, Virginia, chairman of the KSU Foundation Board of Directors. “This achievement is a clear statement of support for the leadership of Kansas State University and its strategic direction. K-State is thriving and the future is very bright.”