Campaign helping to secure the future of WSU


In July 2010, the Wichita State University Foundation launched the Promise for the Future campaign. Continuing through June 2012, this effort is informing alumni and friends about the options available to extend their support of WSU through a legacy gift. Toward the campaign goal of 100 new planned gifts, through October 12, 61 gift commitments have been received.

While the tools used to make these planned gift commitments range from wills, trusts, retirement plans, life insurance and gift annuities, the donors share a common affinity for WSU. Barry and Cindy ’77, ’85 Schwan serve as co-chairs for the 13-member cabinet of the campaign. The cabinet meets bi-monthly to help guide the direction of this effort.

“It has been heartwarming to see the strong support of our alumni in providing for the future of the university through this campaign,” said the Schwans.

The planned gifts completed during the campaign will provide future support for every college in the university, plus KMUW 89.1, the Ulrich Museum and Shocker athletics. The use of planned gifts is donor directed. In addition to defining the program of support, donors also identify the type of assistance, ranging from student scholarships to faculty support and equipment or materials.

Michael Lamb, vice president for planned and annual giving, noted that planned gifts are often tied to the positive WSU experiences of alumni and friends.

“Through legacy gifts, donors are able to honor the university of the past and make these same opportunities available to the students, faculty and staff of the future,” said Lamb.

If you would like to explore how a legacy gift may fit into your estate plans, contact Lamb at (316) 978-3804 or or visit the planned giving website of the WSU Foundation at

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Wichita State University Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.