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K-State Today

July 18, 2011



K-State donors set new fundraising record with $107 million

By Julie Fosberg

In the midst of a down economy and challenging fiscal times, alumni, friends and corporate partners of Kansas State University have demonstrated their commitment and escalated their philanthropic support of K-State to new heights, contributing $107 million to the university through the KSU Foundation during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011.

This figure sets a new record in fundraising activity in the 67-year history of the foundation, surpassing the previous record of $99.5 million in fiscal year 2008.

"K-State's alumni and friends are unmatched in their dedication and generosity,” said Lee Harris, Leawood, chairman of the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees. "This achievement is a testament to the 44,712 alumni and friends who contributed this year. Their generosity is deeply appreciated."

We're proud to say the university has donors from every county in Kansas, all 50 states and the District of Columbia," said Fred Cholick, president and CEO of the KSU Foundation. "We're also grateful for our supporters abroad. K-State received contributions from people in 16 other countries — including Canada, Japan, Turkey, Germany and the United Kingdom — which illustrates the impact the university has across the globe."

Of the $107 million total, $67 million was received in cash, real estate or appreciated securities, and $40 million was committed through pledges and deferred gifts, which will come to the university at a later date. These figures represent a total increase of $17 million from the previous year. Also of note are four gifts of $5 million or more and nine gifts between $1 million and $5 million the university received in fiscal year 2011.

"This is a new milestone for Kansas State University, one that illustrates the outstanding collaborative efforts of the donors, university staff and the foundation staff," said Kirk Schulz, K-State president.

"Just one-quarter of the university's budget now comes from the state," Schulz said. "The remainder of the budget comes from three sources: tuition, grants and contracts, and private philanthropic support given through the KSU Foundation. This new landmark in fundraising will have a great impact on students, faculty, facilities and technology at K-State, both immediately and in the future. There is no question that this level of support by the K-State family will assist the university in our quest to be recognized among the top 50 public research universities."

Philanthropic contributions to K-State are coordinated by the KSU Foundation. The foundation's staff works with university partners to build lifelong relationships with alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students through involvement and investment in the university.

Total numbers of donors and dollar amounts by Kansas county include:

Allen, 74, $249,860; Anderson, 46, $16,180; Atchison, 74, $20,373; Barber, 45, $16,408; Barton, 329, $846,554; Bourbon, 54, $7,070; Brown, 150, $464,807; Butler, 387, $416,658; Chase, 42, $19,142; Chautauqua, 19, $2,555; Cherokee, 33, $22,933; Cheyenne, 40, $5,405; Clark, 29, $219,821; Clay, 278, $108,976; Cloud, 171, $149,834; Coffey, 81, $161,799; Comanche, 23, $9,015; Cowley, 172, $347,808; Crawford, 89, $26,300;

Decatur, 31, $10,222; Dickinson, 360, $220,875; Doniphan, 69, $34,987; Douglas, 458, $139,046; Edwards, 40, $26,640; Elk, 22, $3,430; Ellis, 188, $738,425; Ellsworth, 79, $56,350; Finney, 301, $535,273; Ford, 199, $200,344; Franklin, 168, $32,510; Geary, 395, $280,851; Gove, 40, $55,282; Graham, 21, $12,900; Grant, 35, $9,160; Gray, 58, $94,880; Greeley, 17, $4,564; Greenwood, 62, $34,585; Hamilton, 30, $11,695; Harper, 39, $107,135; Harvey, 257, $208,572; Haskell, 48, $37,225; Hodgeman, 26, $6,080;

Jackson, 138, $105,083; Jefferson, 116, $43,355; Jewell, 54, $26,269; Johnson, 4,884, $5,425,393; Kearny, 46, $56,115; Kingman, 64, $122,197; Kiowa, 24, $5,500; Labette, 57, $26,746; Lane, 35, $20,338; Leavenworth, 270, $99,345; Lincoln, 56, $13,003; Linn, 29, $2,385; Logan, 30, $125,415; Lyon, 264, $250,650;

Marion, 98, $1,208,270; Marshall, 241, $329,703; McPherson, 366, $472,212; Meade, 35, $7,045; Miami, 208, $580,818; Mitchell, 177, $118,667; Montgomery, 157, $55,214; Morris, 122, $109,861; Morton, 3, $40; Nemaha, 219, $202,320; Neosho, 102, $68,413; Ness, 56, $81,817; Norton, 52, $21,780; Osage, 159, $30,115; Osborne, 61, $24,495; Ottawa, 98, $30,522; Pawnee, 106, $169,373; Phillips, 148, $103,727; Pottawatomie, 779, $716,028; Pratt, 119, $304,777;

Rawlins, 42, $9,950; Reno, 512, $343,401; Republic, 115, $56,395; Rice, 203, $269,648; Riley, 8,411, $17,747,945; Rooks, 59, $25,225; Rush, 23, $2,980; Russell, 80, $53,852; Saline, 907, $3,454,466; Scott, 94, $164,692; Sedgwick, 2,439, $7,613,852; Seward, 59, $46,980; Shawnee, 1,914, $2,617,598; Sheridan, 26, $13,605; Sherman, 47, $8,430; Smith, 58, $15,300; Stafford, 87, $22,805; Stanton, 17, $3,305; Stevens, 35, $2,985; Sumner, 111, $57,967;

Thomas, 107, $57,511; Trego, 26, $8,387; Wabaunsee, 189, $49,162; Wallace, 18, $1,385; Washington, 117, $66,529; Wichita, 37, $47,975; Wilson, 51, $7,400; Woodson, 27, $7,920; and Wyandotte, 283, $254,911.

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