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Top 19 in FY19: A banner year for both KSU Foundation and Kansas State University


Dear Board of Trustees,

Great teams share a common vision and pursue audacious goals. They are highly collaborative, resilient to change and challenge, pioneer new practice, set trends in their industry, exceed expectations and set records.

As Trustees, I know you are interested in what the KSU Foundation team accomplishes, and fiscal year 2019 will be remembered as a banner year for both KSU Foundation and Kansas State University. Arguably, more progress was made and more impact delivered this year than any other year in our history.

I will go over some of our major accomplishment in more depth at our fall meeting October 4 (RSVP here if you have not already). In the meantime, I thought you would enjoy seeing our team’s Top 19 in FY19 recently shared at our All-Staff Summit.

1. We set an all-time annual fundraising record of $212M+ for K-State. These exceptional fundraising results are fueled by the extraordinary commitment of our donors like you. Thank you!

2. The Innovation and Inspiration Campaign surpassed its fundraising target of $1.4 billion. And we’re not done yet. The campaign will continue through June 30, 2020.

3. We earned two elite national industry awards: KSU Foundation Board of Directors were honored with the Association of Governing Board’s 2019 John W. Nason Award for Board Excellence. Julie Craig, KSU Foundation’s senior director of prospect analytics and research, was awarded the Association for Professional Researchers for Advancement Margaret Fuhry Award for Leadership, Mentorship and Volunteerism.

4. We received a record number of awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) — 16 total! The K-State Family Scholarship Program was named a CASE Circle of Excellence Award National Finalist.

5. Three signature facilities projects achieved their fundraising goals: the Hale Library First Floor Renovation, McCain Auditorium Lobby Expansion project and the Morris Family Multicultural Center.

6. Five consecutive years of clean audits with no exceptions. And, our cost to raise a dollar was 11 cents — well below the national average of 25 cents.

7. K-State’s first named college will bear the name of a KSU Foundation trustee. We will celebrate the formal naming of the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering in October.

8.  We overhauled our annual giving program and gained national recognition for K-State’s first ever day of giving, All in For K-State. More funds were raised and a better donor experience was achieved.

9. We set records for talent acquisition and retention. KSU Foundation staff turnover rate is the lowest in history, below 7%. The average time to hire for new professionals is 58 days!

10. Endowed giving reached new heights. K-Staters had the highest giving to the endowment in five years, the value of long-term investment pool reached $613.4 million, and a record number of new scholarships were endowed (208 total).

11. Nearly $96.3 million in cash made available to campus. These funds supported students’ scholarships and success, faculty support, facility enhancements, and programs.

12. We conducted our first comprehensive two-day universitywide fundraising training. More than 170 faculty participated and gave rave reviews.

13. We completed a multi-billion dollar real estate unified master plan and economic development vision. This will include KSU Foundation’s developments and K-State Athletics’ facilities master plan.

14. Phase II facility constructed in the K-State Office Park for corporate partners. This included 58,000 square feet of space, and 81% has been leased in year one!

15. We modernized our technology for greater mobility. Laptops deployed to the entire staff to fully access all flex space and meeting amenities with complete systems and data access throughout our office park via our wireless network.

16. We opened our new fitness center at 1800 Kimball Avenue. This amenity makes health and wellness convenient for KSU Foundation team members, as well as our partner tenants in the K-State Office Park

17. Brand, communications and media exposure had exponential growth. We more than doubled KSU Foundation social media engagement, quadrupled our video production output and launched our YouTube channel filled with stories of giving.

18. We showcased national best-practice leadership. The KSU Foundation team members presented and served in leadership roles at conferences such as the Big XII Development Conference, Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement, Raise, Association of Governing Boards, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Association of Donor Relations Professionals and more.

19. KSU Foundation certified as a Great Place to Work. Great Place to Work is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience and includes the data scientists who determine the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work list.

Go Cats!

Greg Willems
President and CEO
KSU Foundation

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