During One Day. One KU., the university’s first 24-hour giving campaign, donors gave 188 gifts totaling $24,708 to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in support of its Research Excellence Initiative.
The 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.
The College sought gifts for the Dean’s Research Excellence Fund. Through this fund and others that support the Research Excellence Initiative, the College seeks to ensure that every liberal arts and sciences student has the chance to pursue an undergraduate research experience while at KU. KU is known as one of the top research universities worldwide. This distinction offers experiences students can find at few other institutions, such as being involved in research projects with faculty and graduate students as an undergraduate student.
The 188 gifts given to the College helped raise an additional $2,500 through matching gifts and challenges. Carl Lejuez, dean of the College, gave $5 for every gift and made bonus donations of $500 and $250 when the College reached 100 and 150 gifts. An additional $1,000 came from the Dr. Frederick and Clara Horne Challenge, when the College reached 125 gifts.
Overall, the university received 1,896 gifts totaling $734,421 during One Day. One KU., according to a news release from KU Endowment.
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.