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Greg Willems' September letter to campus: Partnerships for success


Dear K-State Family,

With the start of a new fall semester and the 2016-17 academic year, I’d like to extend a Wildcat welcome to new and returning K-State students, faculty and staff. The official first day of fall may be weeks away, but as any Wildcat knows, fall at K-State is less about the calendar and more about looking forward to a new year: new classes, new friends, a new football season… I for one can’t wait for the season opener against Stanford tonight!

This time of year, it’s easy to look forward, but I also think it’s a really important time to look back. I would like to take a moment to celebrate the partnerships between K-State and the KSU Foundation and the successes we achieved together during the 2016 fiscal year (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016).

By the numbers: FY16 philanthropic impact

  • $150.6 million raised in FY16, the third most successful year in university history, and the fifth consecutive year fundraising has topped $100 million.

  • $72.2 million was made available to campus to support students, faculty, facilities and programs.

  • $15.5 million was raised in scholarships and other student awards.

In addition to these accomplishments, we are proud of the momentum and the success of the $1 billion Innovation and Inspiration Campaign. As of yesterday, Sept. 1, 2016, the K-State family has raised $892,519,727 in multi-year gifts and commitments to advance K-State toward its 2025 goals.

This success would not be possible without you. The KSU Foundation strives to be a powerful strategic partner to K-State, working to inspire alumni, friends and corporations to advance K-State through philanthropic support. Whether you are a faculty member who helped welcome a donor to campus, a staff member who volunteered with the All-University Campaign, or a student who promotes the importance of philanthropy through your involvement with K-State Student Foundation or the K-State Proud campaign, you play a part in securing K-State’s future. Thank you.

It is my hope that we will continue to work together for an even more extraordinary fiscal year 2017. The need for private philanthropic support continues to grow. At the KSU Foundation, we are committed to achieving extraordinary philanthropic outcomes for the university, and with your collaboration, we can achieve more than ever before.

One of the best ways to build partnership is communication. So this fall, I will be using K-State Today to answer common questions about the KSU Foundation. Look for more of my letters in the coming months; I hope they will spark conversation and promote understanding of how you can make a difference in the future of K-State.

On a related note, we will welcome a truly inspiring group of K-Staters to campus on Friday, Sept. 23. The KSU Foundation Board of Trustees are among K-State’s most influential partners, serving as the university’s premier advocates, ambassadors and investors. I hope you will join me in extending a Wildcat welcome as they return to campus for their fall business meeting, the State of the University address and more.

Thank you for all you do for K-State. I look forward to our continued partnership and shared success this fall and beyond. And of course, Go Wildcats!
Greg Willems
President and CEO

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