Donor Stories

We are grateful to have generous donors with a passion for KU. The reasons donors give are as unique as the donors themselves. Watch three donors explain how their experiences motivated them to become philanthropists.


Generosity to KU Spans Generations

With deep ties to KU, third-generation alumni Tom Jennings and his brother, Steve Jennings, followed in their late father’s footsteps by establishing a scholarship for KU students.   

James Gunn: Focus on the Future

Internationally known as one of the “Grand Masters of Science Fiction,” KU Professor Emeritus James Gunn made estate plans to create a professorship and to support the study of science fiction.

Building Bridges Between Nations

Pat Hysko honored her mother’s commitment to educate their Zimbabwe “family.” Since then, Hysko established a gift commitment to provide support
for international students at KU.

James Naismith: The Creator of Basketball

Watch the fascinating process behind the making of the bronze Naismith sculpture — a multi-year-long project between father and son, Elden and Kim Tefft.