Innovation and Inspiration Campaign to raise $1 billion for K-State 

KSU Foundation and K-State Alumni Communications

Watch a video on the launch of the Kansas State University Innovation and Inspiration Campaign and hear how this campaign benefits students. (Video: KSU Foundation)

Scholarships that help students pursue their dreams. New state-of-the-art facilities that take education to the next level. Groundbreaking research that makes the world a better place. 

When you donate to Kansas State University, you make projects like these possible, and the university wants to keep this momentum going. Before hundreds of purple-clad supporters, Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz announced the most ambitious fundraising campaign in university history on Oct. 9. Known as “Innovation and Inspiration,” the campaign will raise $1 billion to drive K-State toward its strategic vision to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025.  

"The journey toward our 2025 vision takes another huge step forward tonight with the public launch of the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign," Schulz said. "The tremendous generosity of alumni and friends who believe in Kansas State University's future is truly the foundation for our success and the inspiration for this historic campaign."

The campaign will grow the university's endowment, providing resources to improve student retention and graduation rates, invest in faculty development and launch new research endeavors — all key initiatives of the K-State 2025 strategic plan. In the five years leading up to the Oct. 9 public announcement, alumni, friends and corporations have already invested more than $766 million in the university through the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign.

"K-State is a family, and nothing demonstrates that more than the way our supporters have rallied around this campaign," said Greg Willems, president and CEO of the Kansas State University Foundation. "This is a momentous occasion for K-Staters to unite and create a bright future for the university we love."

Innovation and Inspiration will support five key areas: scholarships, faculty, facilities, programs and Excellence Funds, which provide deans and administrators with flexible resources to fund areas of greatest need and emerging opportunities. The colleges and major units have shared their funding priorities and goals for the campaign. 

“I think about the future of K-State — I think about where we are, but also where we could be,” said Brian Rohleder, a senior in Mechanical Engineering who spoke at the campaign launch event on Oct. 9 at McCain Auditorium. “I really think that at K-State, we’ve done a lot of great things, but we can elevate our status. Why not become a role model for the rest of the world?” 

Visit the Innovation and Inspiration website for more information. You can track the progress of the campaign and discover how you can support Innovation and Inspiration. You also can follow along on social media using #KStateInspires. 

K-State Alumni Association
100 Alumni Center, 1720 Anderson Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66506-1001  |  800-600-ALUM (2586) | 785-532-6260  |  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram