The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas doubled its total from last year during KU’s second annual 24-hour giving campaign, One Day. One KU., on Feb. 20.
Donors gave $49,767 to the College with 186 gifts and two matching challenges this year. Last year, the College raised $24,708 with 188 gifts. Overall donations to KU totaled $1,084,062 with 2,635 gifts in 24 hours to support the university. That topped last year’s totals: 1,898 gifts that raised $734,621 in donations.
The two matching challenges support a top priority for the College to sustain KU’s position as a top-tier international research institution. A $5,000 donation for the Research Excellence Initiative was unlocked with 25 gifts made to that fund, and a $20,000 donation for faculty retention funds was unlocked with 50 gifts made to that fund.
Support came from alumni, faculty, staff and students.
“One Day. One KU. was a tremendous celebration of the many ways our university and College have made a difference in the lives of individuals, who expressed their gratitude in making donations yesterday,” said Clarence Lang, interim dean of the College. “I am grateful for the generosity of donors and for our dedicated and talented faculty and staff who truly make the College the Heart of KU.”
The Research Excellence Initiative is the signature initiative of the College and provides both faculty and students with a chance to advance discovery. This competitive grant program encourages faculty collaboration and deepens faculty-student mentor relationships.
Faculty retention funds provide support for ascending scholars to continue their work at KU, in advancing research, mentoring the next generation of leaders and growing KU’s federal grant portfolio.
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.