Your Gift Is An Investment In The Future

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Joshua Villa, Wichita State student on the campus

Your Gift Is An Investment In The Future

Klepper Community Leader Scholarship helped Joshua Villa pursue his educational dreams

You can change someone's life

No matter the size, your gift is an investment in Wichita State. It says you believe in a bright future for your university and want to help it succeed. Whether you direct your giving to academics, facilities, fine arts or any of the hallmarks of Shocker excellence, you are building on a proud tradition of private support that helps make Wichita State the extraordinary place it is today. Thank you for being part of our story.

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Wichita State Priorities

We are student-focused. One of the most profound ways you can help students earn their degrees and build rewarding careers is through scholarships that make their education more affordable. Building a new home for the student services is another initiative to position students for success. Learn more about supporting Wichita State’s top priorities.

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Giving to academic colleges

Every one of Wichita State’s academic colleges is identifying innovative, bold ways to help students succeed. Additional resources will amplify their efforts. When you give to the Shocker Fund, you are giving directly to the college you select to receive your support. Donate annually or through monthly payments to make an even more significant impact.

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Daniel Saunders studying in the Ablah Library at Wichita State University
Wichita State student attends Shocker Ventures Contest

Corporate support helps make the Shocker New Venture Competition a success each year.

Corporate and foundation relations

By partnering with Wichita State, your company or foundation will collaborate with the brightest minds to solve industry problems or address challenges facing our world.

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Planned giving

How important are planned gifts to Wichita State University? Twenty seven percent of all philanthropic funds came from estate gifts during fiscal year 2019. Our free estate planning guide and monthly newsletter are helpful resources.

  • Bequests – You can make a gift through your will or trust and lessen the burden of taxes on your family.
  • IRA Charitable Rollover – Allows anyone age 70 1/2 and older to reduce your taxable income by making a gift directly from your IRA.
  • Charitable Gift Annuity – An annuity gift allows you to transfer your cash and property to our organization. We make a fixed payment to you for life at a rate based on your age.
  • Beneficiary Designation Gifts – You can designate us as a beneficiary of a retirement, investment or bank account or your life insurance policy.
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Wichita State University graduates at graduation

Commencement is a memorable event for WSU graduates.

Wichita State students pose for a photograph on campus

Giving to students helps every Shocker succeed

Our students recognize that a college degree is a path to a better life. But many have financial limitations that put them at risk of dropping out. More than 40 percent of WSU students are first-generation and more than 30 percent of those who seek financial assistance are denied each year for lack of resources. The need for more scholarships is pressing.

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Specialized support inspires students outside of the classroom

Beyond a reputation for academic excellence, Wichita State enhances the student experience and our community’s quality of life through athletics, public radio station KMUW, the Ulrich Museum of Art and our University Libraries system. Your support helps each be more competitive, dynamic and engaging.

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Wichita State students on campus

Wichita State students on campus

Students pose for picture at annual Scholarship Celebration

Students pose for picture at annual Scholarship Celebration

How to give

  • Check/Cash – A gift can be made in many forms, including cash, money order, bank draft and more.
  • Mail  – Make checks payable to the WSU Foundation at 1845 Fairmount, Campus Box 2, Wichita, KS 67260-0002.
  • Online – Make an online gift through Visa, American Express, Discover and MasterCard.
  • Text – You can text your gift to 52014 then in the message add @shockers, the gift amount and fund name. It will take you to our text giving page.
  • Crowdfunding – We have a number of crowdfunding initiatives that start and end at various times throughout the year. For more information about starting a crowdfunding campaign for Wichita State email us at foundation@wichita.edu.
  • Matching – Many companies encourage donations to higher education and will match the amount you give, which doubles your impact. Before making your gift, check to see if your company provides matching contributions.
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Memorials and honors

  • Open Memorials – Memorials create a legacy for the individual being honored, while also providing much-needed resources for Wichita State.
  • Give to a Memorial – Making a gift to honor a loved one or recognize someone special in your life is a meaningful way to support Wichita State.
  • Create a Memorial – We help families establish opportunities to remember their loved one and their love for Wichita State.
  • Tribute Giving – A tribute gift can be made to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or special occasion to someone special in your life.
  • Honorary Gifts – You can create a gift in honor of a respected mentor or friend. These donations pay tribute to the person who meant so much to you.
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The impact of generosity

Supporting Wichita State takes many forms. These are just a few examples of how our alumni and friends are making Wichita State stronger through their unique gifts.