LAWRENCE — One Day. One KU. returns Feb. 16, marking its sixth anniversary. The theme of the 24-hour day of giving this year — EveryONE Counts — exemplifies the collective impact of each gift toward a common goal: building a greater University of Kansas.
Each year, the generosity and commitment to KU on this single day inspires others to give. In 2022, donors contributed 4,790 gifts totaling more than $3 million in support of programs and initiatives across all five KU campuses: Lawrence, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and medical branches in Kansas City, Wichita and Salina, along with The University of Kansas Health System.
Going into its sixth year, One Day. One KU. is well positioned to meet a new fundraising record with a wide variety of matching gifts and challenges to inspire donors to add their support. More than 130 unique matches and challenges, totaling nearly $700,000, have been made through the generosity of donors, including those provided by KU leadership:
- Chancellor Douglas A. Girod and Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer’s challenge is championing an effort to encourage gifts, in any amount, to benefit the Jayhawk Student Support Fund. When 50 gifts are made to the Jayhawk Student Support Fund, an additional $10,000 will be unlocked.
- Kansas Athletics Director Travis Goff and his family have pledged a series of three challenges in support of KU student-athlete mental health and wellness and women's athletics initiatives. The Goff family will make a generous contribution to Kansas Athletics when 300 gifts are made.
- To support members of the KU Medical Center community, Executive Vice Chancellor Robert Simari and Kelly Simari will match dollar for dollar all gifts up to $5,000 to the Thrive Food Pantry.
- KU Alumni Association President Heath Peterson and Carrie Peterson will match all gifts dollar for dollar up to $1,000 in support of the KU Alumni Association.
Gifts made online, by phone and in person between midnight and 11:59 p.m. CST Feb. 16 will count toward One Day. One KU. Visit ku.edu/OneDayOneKU to find out more and to donate.