Michelle Strickland
KU Endowment

Make an impact during 24 hours of giving on One Day. One KU.

Tue, 02/09/2021

LAWRENCE — Twenty-four hours may make up only one day, but that day could alter the lives of KU students, faculty and staff for generations to come.

Gifts made during One Day. One KU., the 24-hour giving campaign, will mean more scholarships, more program support and more opportunities for faculty and students to learn, educate and innovate.

Jayhawk alumni, friends and fans will come together Thursday, Feb. 18, to provide philanthropic support to schools and programs across all KU campuses: Lawrence, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park and all three KU Medical Center campuses in the state — Kansas City, Wichita and Salina.  

In 2020, donors made 3,239 gifts resulting in more than $1.7 million raised to support KU. The smallest contribution was $5, and the largest contribution was $100,000. This year, the fourth consecutive giving day, offers even more ways to make an impact.

This year’s campaign features more opportunities for donors to connect to areas they are passionate about. In 2021, 44 schools and units are taking part in the campaign, an increase from 42 in 2020 and 39 in 2019.

Adding to the spirit of the day, there are numerous matching grant/fund challenges to unlock online at and on social media. There are $570,764 in match/challenge commitments secured to date, with 104 unique matches and challenges.

  • Alumna Dr. Danielle Christiano is challenging fellow Scholarship Hall alumni with a $10,000 challenge for the halls.
  • “The Crazies,” a group of 1978-79 graduates of the School of Architecture & Design, will contribute $5,000 when 50 gifts of any amount are made to the school.
  • The Gattermeir Family Foundation is matching all gifts, dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000, for the Alzheimer’s Disease Center.
  • For every Twitter retweet of KU’s One Day. One KU. “retweet challenge,” $1 will be unlocked to benefit the Greater KU Fund, up to $1,000.

Gifts made online, by phone and in person between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. CST Feb. 18 will count toward One Day. One KU. Visit to find out more and to donate.

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