Making a Difference

Reaching out in Kansas City

K-State First Lady Noel Schulz served as a guest speaker for Olathe events for 1863 Circle members and Land Grand Legacy Society members.

KSU Foundation hosted two special events at the K-State Olathe campus recently, both with the goal of appreciating the loyal alumni and friends in the Kansas City area who help make K-State great.

The first-ever 1863 Circle events were held March 31 on the K-State Olathe campus. Special guests included K-State first lady Noel Schulz, as well as faculty and staff members from the Olathe campus. A breakfast and evening reception were held to accommodate this growing group, which has nearly 5,000 members.

The main focus was celebrating 1863 Circle members, current and future, and their impact on K-State.

“The purpose of the events was really two-fold,” said Jenna Harmison, development officer for the 1863 Circle. “The events allowed us the opportunity to recognize our members of 1863 Circle, as well as to grow the circle by raising awareness in the Kansas City area.”

In its third year, the 1863 Circle is K-State’s annual giving recognition society showcasing the generosity of alumni and friends with giving of $1,000 or more annually. Similar events are planned for Wichita, Salina, Topeka and southwest Kansas.

On the same day, Kansas City-area members of Land Grant Legacy Society were also honored at a luncheon on the K-State Olathe campus.

“Our annual luncheon on the Manhattan campus is always a wonderful opportunity to recognize our loyal donors who have included K-State in their estate plans,” said Kent Sedlacek, senior director of gift planning. “This was the first time we’ve taken the luncheon on the road, and it was great to see so many K-Staters connect on our newest campus.”

Like the 1863 Circle, Land Grant Legacy Society is a growing group, with more than 900 K-Staters from across the country as members.

Noel Schulz, who served as a guest speaker at the events, enjoyed the opportunity to reach out to K-Staters in the Kansas City area.

“Members of 1863 Circle and Land Grant Legacy Society are vital to the future of K-State, and their support touches the lives of our students and faculty every day,” she said. “With their help, we are making progress toward our K-State 2025 vision. It was a great honor to spend a day with these special K-Staters and thank them for all they do for the university.”

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At the Land Grant Legacy Society luncheon on the K-State Olathe campus, students Connor Kraus (left), a sophomore in Family Studies and Human Services from Topeka, and Ariel Mendiola (right), a senior in political science and criminology from De Soto, provided updates from a student perspective.

Yes, we’re PROUD!

In the eighth year of the student-led K-State Proud campaign, a record-breaking $133,645 was raised to benefit Student Opportunity Awards. The grand total now stands at just over $833,000!

Everyone who donates a minimum amount of $20 receives a campaign T-shirt, which also promotes the K-State brand. Cox Communications and GTM provide important corporate sponsorship each year.

Since the first year of the campaign, students have established a culture of philanthropy by promoting the idea of “students helping students,” through Student Opportunity Awards, more than 450 of which have now been awarded to students. Learn more about the awards and meet some of the award recipients.

Find out more about K-State Proud


In case you missed it: A video thank you

This holiday season, KSU Foundation launched a thank you video to all donors just before the holiday season.

Using the voices of students, young alumni and faculty, the video not only serves as a cheerful thank you to donors, but a way of showing how annual gifts help support K-State students, the faculty who teach them, and the learning environment that makes it all possible.

Advancing K-State 2025: Faculty/staff giving

K-State faculty and staff are the heart and soul of the university — in more ways than one. Not only do they shape the student experience at K-State, but they also invest in K-State’s future through the All-University Campaign for K-State.

In 2013, faculty and staff broke records again with 43 percent of faculty and staff participating. And that’s just one number we’re excited to share with you. Here are a few more: Continue reading “Advancing K-State 2025: Faculty/staff giving”

Meeting highlights: A look back in pictures

This year’s annual meeting was a busy day packed with information and excitement for K-State’s future. We hope you will make plans to join us for next year’s meeting, scheduled for September 19, 2014. Here’s a look back at the event in pictures:


The Board of Trustees welcomed 21 new members with an orientation session on Thursday. Pictured here, KSU Foundation President and CEO Fred Cholick visits with new members Van and Janice Witthuhn, Hays, Kan.

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K-State faculty and staff give back

Fall brings lots of excitement to K-State, including the kickoff of the All-University Campaign for K-State. The annual campaign allows faculty and staff on all three campuses to support the areas of the university they care about most.  Since 2007, the number of faculty and staff who make gifts to K-State annually has increased by 146 percent.  In 2012 alone, 42 percent of faculty and staff — or 2,100 employees — made gifts to the university totaling more than $1.3 million.

Continue reading “K-State faculty and staff give back”

Purple pride: K-State Donors set new record with $152 million in total gift activity

Alumni, friends, parents, faculty, students and corporate partners of Kansas State University made philanthropic gifts, pledges and future commitments totaling $152 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013. This figure sets a new record in total gift activity in the 69-year history of the KSU Foundation, surpassing the previous record of $111 million in fiscal year 2012.

Total gift activity includes outright gifts of cash or securities, pledges that will come to the university within a five-year-period, and deferred gift commitments that will be realized by the university at some point in the future.

“The generosity of K-State’s alumni and friends is deeply appreciated,” said Curt Frasier, Beloit, Kan., chairman of the KSU Foundation Board of Directors. “This achievement is a testament to the 57,300 individuals who contributed this year, which is up from 51,400 individuals last year.”

Continue reading “Purple pride: K-State Donors set new record with $152 million in total gift activity”

Student-led campaign earns K-State national recognition

Kansas State University has been named “Generous U” for its student philanthropy, K-State Proud, by the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University.

Established in 2009, “Generous U” is a national student philanthropy competition that annually recognizes university students who grow philanthropy and philanthropic values on their campus. The award includes a $5,000 prize. K-State Proud was selected from a pool of 48 student entries nationwide — up from 21 last year. There were three runners-up: the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oklahoma. Continue reading “Student-led campaign earns K-State national recognition”

Help us spread the word on social media!

Are you on Facebook? Do you tweet? If so, you can help us extend K-State’s culture of philanthropy into the social media realm. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on LinkedIn, but above all — share the good news!

We are constantly posting the latest K-State news relevant to giving and progress toward our K-State 2025 goals. From features on our generous donors to stories about inspiring K-State students, social media is helping K-Staters around the world remain connected to what’s happening at K-State today.

Social media is more than just a pastime for organizations like KSU Foundation — it’s way to engage alumni and friends and raise awareness about the power of giving back. In FY13, KSU Foundation’s social media followers  increased by more than 88 percent, and our web traffic from social media increased by more than 40 percent. Continue reading “Help us spread the word on social media!”

In their words: Making a difference with a planned gift

The decision to make a planned gift is a highly personal one. But recently, some loyal K-Staters agreed to share their thoughts about why they made planned gifts to K-State in this video. In their own words, these K-Staters share their motivations for giving, and students on the receiving end of planned gifts share how their lives have been changed by the foresight of others.

If you are interested in finding out more about planned gifts, contact Kent Sedlacek, senior director of gift planning at the KSU Foundation, at kents@found.ksu.edu or 785-532-7521.

Thank you for being PROUD!

K-State Proud, a student-led, nationally recognized fundraising campaign, succeeded in raising more than $105,600 this year. In the first seven years of the campaign, more than $650,000 has been raised and some 300 students have received awards, helping them stay at K-State and complete their education. Read more about K-State Proud and its impact here.

Contributions to K-State Proud establish Student Opportunity Awards for students who are struggling financially and have exhausted all other forms of financial assistance.

Meet the students: Student Opportunity Award winners

Imagine being a student at Kansas State University, working hard to earn a degree, when something unexpected happens that makes it financially impossible for you to continue your studies. Imagine that gut-wrenching, sick feeling in the pit of your stomach as you see your dreams slipping away. Now imagine that your fellow students all chip in and give you the money you need to get through the semester or year. Sound unbelievable? It’s not. That very scenario has played out many times each semester for the past seven years at K-State thanks to K-State Proud.

Guided by the Student Foundation, the K-State Proud campaign is all about students helping students.  Meet some of the Student Opportunity Award recipients.

Calling all K-Staters: the new K-State Telefund expands its reach

This summer, Telefund transitioned to a year-round calling program, allowing K-State to significantly expand the number of K-Staters who can be reached each year. In addition to increasing the number of alumni contacted on behalf of K-State’s nine academic colleges, Telefund’s expansion will allow students to connect with a broader audience, including K-State parents and friends, as well as increase private support and create 60 new campus jobs for students. Continue reading “Calling all K-Staters: the new K-State Telefund expands its reach”

Faculty and staff giving breaks records

The All-University Campaign for K-State broke records in 2012, with 42 percent of faculty and staff participating. And that’s just one of several exciting numbers K-State faculty and staff are proud to share. Here are a few more:

• 2,100 faculty and staff made a gift this year
• 51 made a gift through payroll deduction
• 215 made a gift for the first time
• More than $1.3 million dollars raised during the 2012 campaign! Continue reading “Faculty and staff giving breaks records”

A look back in pictures

Photos from the annual meeting


A highlight of the Board of Trustees meeting each year is student participation. Above, a student panel shares their experiences with scholarships, study abroad, leadership and honors programs.

This year’s annual meeting was a busy day packed with information and excitement for K-State’s future. We hope you will make plans to join us for next year’s meeting, scheduled for September 20, 2013. Here’s a look back at the day in pictures: Continue reading “A look back in pictures”

A video sneak peek: K-State Welcome Center

Have you heard about the plans for a new K-State Welcome Center?  This incredible facility will serve the entire K-State family as the front door to new opportunities and will be one of the first in the country to provide a central location for students and families to connect with New Student Services, Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing and Dining Services, and Career and Employment Services. Continue reading “A video sneak peek: K-State Welcome Center”