Promise for the Future campaign drawing to a close

The WSU Foundation’s first-ever campaign to promote the benefits of planned giving will end on June 30, two years after the effort was launched to help secure the future of Wichita State University.

Gift distribution by unitGift distribution by unit (please note that some gifts are for split purposes).

Called Promise for the Future, the campaign sought to educate donors about the options for extending their support of Wichita State with legacy gifts made through instruments such as retirement plans, wills, trusts, life insurance and annuities.

Almost two years ago, the WSU Foundation enlisted friends and supporters of Wichita State to serve on a cabinet to plan the campaign and help ensure its success. They decided to set a goal to secure at least 100 legacy gifts by the end of the campaign. Through May 25, the campaign had generated 98 new legacy gift commitments.

Will the campaign reach its goal? Michael Lamb, vice president for planned and annual giving for the WSU Foundation, is confident it will, but official results will be announced upon the campaign’s completion.

In the meantime, he said, there is still plenty of opportunity to make a gift before the deadline. “If a donor is ready to take that step, staff in the planned giving office at the WSU Foundation would be happy to visit with them about options,” he said.

Cindy and Barry Schwan, who chaired the Promise for the Future campaign, urged friends of Wichita State to take this opportunity to make their planned gift.

“If you have been thinking about making a planned gift to our wonderful university, now is the time to do it,” Cindy said. “Let’s finish this campaign in a winning fashion.”

The Promise for the Future campaign has demonstrated to him and the rest of the staff how rewarding and deeply personal the decision to make a planned gift is, Lamb said.

“Legacy gifts have a clear financial impact on the students and programs of WSU,” he said. “However, it is also clear that providing for the future of the university is personally fulfilling for the donors who make these types of gift commitments. The decision to include a gift to WSU in one’s estate plans is often highly reflective.”

It has been gratifying for the planned giving staff to work so intimately with donors on their gifts, Lamb said.

“With all planned gifts, we are honored to hear the stories behind what motivated the donors to make this step,” he said. “Without exception, these stories reflect the positive experiences donors have had with WSU and their confidence in the future of the university.”

Those who make legacy gifts are invited to become members of the prestigious Society of 1895, named after the founding year of Fairmount College, predecessor to Wichita State University.

The last few weeks of a major campaign such as Promise for the Future are an exciting time, but Lamb and his staff know that their work doesn’t end on June 30.

“While the campaign is ending, our commitment to the importance of legacy gifts for a strong future of WSU will continue,” Lamb said.

Making a legacy gift
For more information about establishing a planned gift, contact the WSU Foundation’s planned giving staff at (316) 978-3809 or go to

Promise for the Future
Get more details on the campaign.

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