Second 24-hour giving campaign for KU raises more than $1M

Posted on Feb 21, 2019 in Campus News and News

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One gift at a time, friends and alumni of the University of Kansas added to the success of the second annual One Day. One KU., donating $1,084,062 with 2,635 gifts in 24 hours to support the university.

The Feb. 20 day of giving topped last year’s totals: 1,898 gifts that raised $734,621 in donations.

“Donors believe in the work being done at KU to enrich students’ lives, serve Kansas communities and enhance the university’s status among the nation’s leading research institutions,” Chancellor Douglas A. Girod said. “KU is truly grateful for the generosity of friends and alumni during the One Day. One KU. campaign.”

Before the giving day, donors established matching and challenge gifts to help spur donations from every facet of the KU community during the 24-hour period.

Each match or challenge had its own special purpose or meaning, such as one from the School of Engineering. In fiscal year 2018, the School of Engineering awarded 723 undergraduate and graduate degrees and 32 doctoral degrees. Dean Arvin Agah offered to contribute $723 if One Day. One KU. garnered 32 gifts to the School of Engineering — a challenge that was met successfully.

“It’s extremely gratifying that we surpassed last year’s impressive results in terms of the total amount contributed and the number of gifts,” said Dale Seuferling, president of KU Endowment. “Jayhawks came together on this day to show the importance of supporting our great university. Every dollar counted in making the second One Day. One KU. a huge success.”

Gifts came in all sizes and with layers of meaning. Parents gave gifts to honor their children, and alumni made donations to honor and memorialize professors who made a difference in their lives. KU followers on Instagram voted on photos of KU supporters; winner Donovan Miller, a drummer, gave his $250 prize to the KU Jazz Studies Program. “They have done so much for me, so that’s where I’d like to send my donation,” Miller said on Instagram.

The first gift came from William Conlin of Santa Barbara, California. “Aside from the fact that my grandparents both were born in Kansas, I believe education is universal. It was my great honor to support KU as it continues to engage and inspire young minds,” Conlin said.

KU Endowment is the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

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Inaugural 24-hour giving campaign ‘One Day. One KU.’ raises more than $730K

Posted on Feb 21, 2018 in Campus News and News

 

During One Day. One KU., the university’s first 24-hour giving campaign, donors gave 1,896 gifts totaling $734,421, creating opportunities for more Jayhawks in the state, the nation and beyond.

The successful One Day. One KU. campaign on Feb. 20 brought alumni, students and friends together to raise funds for schools and units on every campus at the University of Kansas. The campaign recorded an all-time high number of gifts in one day.

“To all who gave, my sincerest appreciation for your gift,” Chancellor Douglas A. Girod said. “Donors support KU because they believe in the work the university does to improve our state and society. Gifts made during One Day. One KU. will help turn ideas into reality for generations of Jayhawks.”

Matching gifts and challenges of more than $230,000 established before Feb. 20 helped spur donations from every corner of the KU community during the 24-hour window.

One Day. One KU. showcased the power of connection to inspire giving,” said Dale Seuferling, president of KU Endowment. “The 24-hour campaign gave donors the chance to see how their gifts contributed to a larger total in real time.”

Challenges ranged from hundreds of dollars to $25,000 matching gifts from the medical community in Wichita — and one challenge unlocked $40,000 with 50 gifts for study abroad scholarships.

Gifts came in all sizes and with layers of meaning. A $220 gift signified the importance of Feb. 20. A walk-in donor gave a total of $8,500 to several programs that were meaningful to her. Donors left heartfelt messages on social media throughout the day about how KU made a difference in their lives.

The Alumni Association raised $31,619 from 108 gifts. Contributions will support the Association’s Jayhawk Career Network, a comprehensive initiative to connect current KU students with alumni, and alumni with one another, in numerous professional fields.

KU Endowment is the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

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Save the date for “One Day. One KU.,” the university’s first 24-hour day of giving

Posted on Jan 30, 2018 in Campus News and News

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What is One Day. One KU.?

On February 20, 2018, alumni and friends from all over the world will come together to support the University of Kansas during KU’s first 24-hour giving campaign, One Day. One KU. This historic fundraising event is the perfect opportunity to show your Jayhawk pride by supporting the KU programs and priorities most meaningful to you.

Why February 20?

On February 20, 1863, Kansas Governor Thomas Carney signed into law a bill locating the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The bill passed the state House of Representatives by just one vote, proving that one person can make a difference! That one vote started a chain of events that, over time, has led to the thriving, multi-campus center for research and learning we are today. While we now have campuses located throughout the state, we are still ONE KU. And together, we can achieve so much!

How can you help?

We already know that one person can make a difference. Our history proves that. Please consider supporting KU on Tuesday, February 20 during One Day. One KU. Your support helps us advance our mission and strengthen our programs.

Jayhawk Career Network

Your generous contribution to the KU Alumni Association during One Day. One KU. will help fund the Jayhawk Career Network, a comprehensive initiative to connect current KU students with alumni, and alumni with one another, in numerous professional fields. The Association has created a new position for a full-time staff member to lead these new programs:

KU Alumni Mentoring, an online mentorship platform

With the support of Chancellor Douglas Girod and Provost Neeli Bendapudi, the Association has invested in a new digital service to easily connect students and alumni for long-term and one-time mentorships. The platform will support both student-to-alumni mentorships and mentorships among fellow Jayahwk alumni.

The Association is launching KU Alumni Mentoring in collaboration with the KU schools of Architecture & Design, Business, Engineering and Journalism, as well as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the University Career Center.

Rock Chalk Connect events:

In key metropolitan areas, the Association and alumni volunteers will host programs to unite students with alumni experts in various industries. Successful Kansas City and Chicago events have focused on engineering, media and entrepreneurship, and the Association plans to offer Rock Chalk Connect programs in other communities with large Jayhawk alumni networks: Wichita, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Seattle, the San Francisco/Bay Area, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Other opportunities:

Opportunities for shadowing, internships and post-graduation employment through direct relationships with KU alumni at corporations and firms in these key metropolitan areas—in coordination and partnership with the University Career Center.

With the ongoing support of Alumni Association members and contributors, the Jayhawk Career Network will help ensure the continued success of KU graduates.

Learn more on the Alumni Association’s One Day. One KU. page.

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