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    The KU Alumni Association exists to strengthen the University of Kansas by informing, engaging and mobilizing the KU community worldwide. Since 1883, the association has been recognized nationally by its peers as one of the leading associations of its kind in terms of depth and breadth of alumni programs. With more than 45,000 members, the association represents the “human capital” to influence positive change for the university. For nearly 130 years, the power of KU graduates joining together, through the KU Alumni Association, for the common good of their alma mater has built one of America’s great public universities.

    Campaign Priorities

    As a people-driven organization, the KU Alumni Association seeks to raise unrestricted funds and permanent endowments to fuel the growth that will result from expanded communications, outreach and programs. These gifts will help hire additional professionals in the areas of:
    • student recruitment 
    • alumni chapter leadership 
    • communications, technology and marketing 
    • student programs 
    • the advancement of KU academic programs 
    • social and career initiatives 
    • support of Jayhawk athletic teams
    Bringing KU to the many communities where graduates and friends live is no simple task. The demand is naturally extraordinary — Jayhawks love to flock together. The challenge is to become a permanent presence in these communities while offering diverse opportunities to engage alumni and friends.

    Communicate creatively in all media

    Award-winning communications have long been a standard at the KU Alumni Association. The opportunity to expand these communications using online and mobile technologies will create a highly personalized experience with KU, whether you are a prospective student, current student, parent or graduate. Gifts to support the association's communications and marketing represent the venture capital to create a call to action for the greater good of KU.

    Paint the state, nation and world Crimson and Blue

    If you wear a Jayhawk anywhere in the world, you are bound to hear someone say, “Rock Chalk!” As one of the most recognizable college mascots in the world, the Jayhawk symbolizes our pride in KU. Harnessing that pride to do great things for KU means expanding KU’s footprint in the higher education marketplace. Alumni are vital advocates for KU’s goals, and your support to expand these networks is akin to expanding the campus to communities all over the globe.

    Prepare students for life after KU

    Students are the heart of KU. With more than 1,300 student members of the KU Alumni Association, we seek to expand programs and services to prospective and current KU students. There is no more powerful effect on a university than the aggressive recruitment of accomplished students — and helpful programs during their time on campus to ensure they are ready for the world. Gifts supporting student engagement will result in higher reputational rankings for KU.


    An investment in the KU Alumni Association is the single most powerful way to influence all of KU. As the official keeper of alumni records and KU traditions, the Alumni Association is poised to become the most active and effective association of its kind.

    Everything we do strengthens KU.

    Far Above offers an unprecedented opportunity for donors to help elevate and enrich the Alumni Association, and to enhance a powerful resource for support that will benefit the university and its alumni for many generations to come. Thank you for partnering with us to realize this vision.

    KU Alumni Association

    The Kansas City Chapter’s career workshop is one of many events in which alumni share career advice and expand their professional networks.

    The Student Alumni Association celebrates KU’s birthday each year on Sept. 12 at Wescoe Beach. Birthday cake, balloons and a giant card signed by students help commemorate KU’s first day of classes in 1866.

    Alumni reunions offer treasured opportunities for Jayhawks to rekindle friendships and reminisce on the Hill that will always remain home.