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Our Philosophy

Combining personal and professional values

Bringing the values we live by at home into the work place is a natural process. What better way to encourage the mission and values of the Foundation than to connect them with the personal values the staff have lived by for years. Therefore, it was the Foundation staff members who identified the appropriate core values for the Foundation — understanding that core values represent the essence of the organization, and then solidified the final results. WSU Foundation staff members have ownership of the organization’s philosophy and work to reflect it everyday.

Mission Statement

The Wichita State University Foundation strives to enhance a community of learning excellence for our students and faculty through philanthropy and stewardship.

Core Values

Integrity – An obligation to honesty and openness with accountability, not only to ourselves but to others.

Teamwork – A reliance upon the professionalism of our colleagues with acknowledgement that all are equally valued.

Relationships – A commitment to enhancing trust, respect and diversity.

Service – A practice of personally performing to a standard that is always exceptional.

Statement of Ethical Practice

In order to assure excellence at Wichita State University, the Wichita State University Foundation seeks to follow and maintain the following principles:

  • Foundation governance which is sensitive to the considerations of public trust and confidence.
  • Dedication to the well-being of Foundation staff by supporting personal and professional development
  • A commitment to safeguarding privacy rights and confidential information.
  • A management of resources which maximizes philanthropic purposes and assures the intent of each individual donor is honestly fulfilled.
  • An observation of ethical boundaries, including respect and understanding for all people, with decisions made without regard to race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and/or disability.
  • The avoidance of actual/apparent conflicts of interests, excessive compensation, and unnecessary expenses.
  • An acknowledgment of the codes of ethics maintained by other professional organizations which serve philanthropy.