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Good for All: Celebrating continuous giving

K-Staters show their pride every year by giving back. Last year, more than 57,000 alumni and friends invested in the success of K-State. Their collective impact makes a difference to deans, administrators, faculty members and students. They know they can count on these donors to enhance the university.

How do these loyal K-State donors do it, and why? We asked just a few of our alumni and friends who’ve been giving for five to 50 straight years why they make a point to give, year after year.

Giving for 5 years

Phil Harner, Philadelphia, Pa.

“Much of my K-State experience was made possible and enhanced by the support of people that I’ll never know. I want to do my part to make sure that students now have the same experiences and opportunities that I did.”

LaToya Farris, Manhattan, Kan.

“I feel like I’ve spent most of my development years here at K-State, and I just want to make sure the resources are there for other students.”

Proud fact: In the eighth year of the student-led K-State Proud campaign, a record-breaking $133,645 was raised to benefit Student Opportunity Awards.

Nick Moeder, Kansas City, Mo.

“I started giving to K-State as a student through the K-State Proud campaign. I saw first-hand the impact that our donations were making in students’ lives. Each and every gift makes a difference. Together, the K-State family can do some really special things.”

Giving for 15 years

Steve and Ann Johnson, Lawrence, Kan.

“We have been committed to give back to our alma mater because we believe the success of K-State is directly related to its alumni. My company, ONEOK, is also very supportive of our philanthropy at K-State, in particular, and matches most of our giving.”

Corporate match fact: Did you know if someone in your household works for a matching gift employer, you can double the impact of your gift? Learn more at www.found.ksu.edu/match.

Giving for 20 years

Kent and Suzanne Moore, Iuka,Kan.

“The K-State Telefund has always been a good reminder of students working for the betterment of the university, and I remember making those calls for the College of Agriculture when I was a student. We feel that Kansas State is a good investment. We want to help students succeed, see the university continue to grow, and cheer for another Wildcat Victory!”

Telefund fact: K-State students connect with more than 60,000 alumni, friends and parents to raise more than $2 million dollars to meet the immediate needs of the university

Giving for 30 years

Steve and Janet Cooper, Manhattan, Kan.

“We feel more of a sense of urgency to our giving in recent years, to allow K-State to continue to climb as a top university and to allow students the opportunity to obtain a college degree. Donations don’t have to be sizable, because together we can make a difference.

Herb and Mary Sue Whitney, Tulsa, Okla.

“We feel a commitment to financially support K-State to return some of the value we received from our education and other experiences at the university.”

“When I see a donor who’s given for decades, I see a dean who can count on pivotal resources. I see a student whose K-State experience just became extraordinary. I see K-State becoming a top 50 public research university by 2025.”
— Kirk Schulz, K-State president

Joe and Sherry Downey, Manhattan, Kan.

“We intend to continue for the rest of our lives. We would encourage all alums and friends to begin to contribute at an early age, even if the amounts are small, and make it a lifetime habit.”

Thane and Sally Baker, Granbury, Texas

“We met at K-State, my father went to K-State, and our son is a K-State graduate. We are hopeful some of our grandchildren will be Wildcats! We give back because we love K-State and we believe in education.”

Giving for 40 years

Joleen Hill, Manhattan, Kan.

“Giving back is a family tradition of ours. It’s not an obligation; it’s a desire of mine.”

Faculty and staff fact: All-University Campaign for K-State
2,189 faculty and staff made a gift this year, totaling more than $1.1 million.

Jerry Meng, Overbrook, Kan.

“I believe it is important to support what you believe in, so I feel it is a privilege to annually contribute. Large contributions are great but not all of us have that capability. There is tremendous strength in many contributing a small amount.”

Giving for 50 years

Robert Gilliford, Olsburg, Kan.

“I’ve given back to K-State for 50 years. Why? I want to make a difference.”

How you can help

Have you made a gift this year? Your annual gift by June 30 will help K-State reach its goal of becoming a top 50 public research university by 2025. You can give online anytime or contact Annual Giving and Student Programs at 785-532-7584 for more information. 

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Good for K-State is a magazine devoted to the inspiration and impact of private philanthropy for Kansas State University. The magazine is published for the thousands of alumni and friends who advance K-State through philanthropy and is also available online for everyone to enjoy. We invite your comments, questions and ideas. Just send an email. We are eager to hear from you and welcome your participation!

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