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Kansas University  Endowment

Kansas University Endowment

As an independent, nonprofit organization and the official fundraising foundation for the University of Kansas, KU Endowment partners with donors in providing philanthropic support to build a greater KU. Established in 1891 as America’s first foundation for a public university, we embrace our responsibility to inspire philanthropy for KU, and we are committed to following the highest standards of service and ethical conduct when it comes to managing donors’ gifts for the benefit of the university.

 

The support of donors helps make KU a world-class institution. State financing covers only about 21 percent of KU’s total operating expenses. Therefore, private gifts play a major role in virtually all activities of the university.

 

You also can see an overview or organization and what we do in our Building a Greater University brochure (pdf)At KU Endowment, our mission is to partner with donors in providing philanthropic support to build a greater University of Kansas.

 

Core Values

 

1. Passion for KU: The generosity of alumni and friends influences the very fabric of KU, helping the university advance the frontiers of knowledge. We are dedicated to serving the university and helping it achieve its aspirations. The gifts we receive and manage serve as links to the university’s past, present and future.

 

2. Partnership with Donors: Our donors empower us to accomplish our mission. We pledge to faithfully administer their gifts, adhere to their philanthropic intent and respect their request for privacy. We are privileged to work with donors, and we are committed to treating them with integrity, fairness, professionalism and gratitude.

 

3. Perpetual Support: The long-term vitality of KU represents our ultimate, unwavering goal. We strive to wisely invest funds and steward property, balancing risk and potential returns, with the goal of achieving the greatest possible assurance of long-term financial support for the university. We endeavor to prudently manage and deploy our resources, and we stand accountable for our policies and results.

 

4. People-Centered Approach: Our team of employees, trustees and volunteers guides our present and shapes our future. We seek to attract and develop the best talent, value each individual’s unique contributions and celebrate diversity as a strength. We encourage a strong work ethic in an atmosphere of collaboration, openness, professionalism and mutual respect.

 

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