Donors to Kansas University gave a record $110.2 million during the last fiscal year, a 3.6 percent increase over the previous year’s totals.
KU Endowment Association officials said the figures include giving to the university, athletics corporation and KU Hospital.
The school received donations from 45,192 donors — also a record.
Dale Seuferling, president of KU Endowment, said he appreciated the support, particularly as KU embarks on a new capital campaign.
“It’s a great endorsement of the university’s priorities and what the university is seeking to achieve,” Seuferling said.
Private dollars typically benefit areas such as student scholarships, endowed faculty professorships and new building projects on campus.
KU’s capital campaign organizational committee is working on setting up volunteer leadership for the campaign along with other goals, Seuferling said. Once a goal is established and half the funds are raised, the campaign will move into the public phase.
Some of the gifts reported in the record totals are part of the initial fundraising done in support of the campaign, Seuferling said.
The projects supported with donations include an expansion of KU’s Lied Center lobby, a gift supporting the SELF engineering scholarships and a challenge grant supporting the Spencer Museum of Art.
KU is also seeking funds to move from a two-year to a four-year medical school campus in Wichita, and to establish a four-year medical program in Salina.
“We are definitely focusing on increasing our donor participation and attracting new donors every year,” Seuferling said. “We always try to meet or exceed last year’s fundraising totals.”