KU Endowment is an independent, nonprofit organization and the official fundraising foundation for the University of Kansas. KU Endowment partners with donors in providing philanthropic support to build a greater KU.
Established in 1891 as America's first foundation for a public university, we embrace our responsibility to inspire philanthropy for KU, and we are committed to following the highest standards of service and ethical conduct when it comes to managing donors' gifts for the benefit of the university.
The support of donors helps make KU a world-class institution. State financing covers only about 21 percent of KU's total operating expenses. Therefore, private gifts play a major role in virtually all activities of the university.