Washburn University Foundation


150 Forward

A Pivotal Moment


150 Forward: The Campaign for Washburn University has ambitious goals that will mean big things – first within Washburn, and then in the world beyond.

Washburn and its students have many ongoing needs – that never changes. But 150 Forward isn’t just about keeping the lights on.

Since its founding, Washburn has been steered with deliberate intent and forethought. Our identity is certain: We are a public institution with a private feel. We are unwavering in our focus on students – on small class sizes, incredibly high standards and professor-led courses, from the first year on.

And now we are ready for more.

Marking the 150th anniversary of the University in 2015, the campaign aims to make Washburn a top-five Midwest master’s-level university by the year 2025. How will we get there? Through bold vision and leadership, and the financial resources to back up that vision. With your help, we will raise $100 million for four fundamental areas where Washburn is ready to dream bigger:

  • Students: $35 million
  • Faculty & Programs: $35 million
  • Spaces: $20 million
  • Annual Giving: $10 million
    Total: $100 million

This is a pivotal moment for Washburn. It’s our time to make an elite educational experience possible for more students, to bring – and keep – the most talented teachers and learners here, to send great minds abroad, and to turn well-respected programs into nationally recognized ones. It’s our time to transform an impressive campus into one where nothing stands in the way of personal achievement and discovery.

We all have a role to play, a story to tell. By giving to 150 Forward, you will empower Washburn University to send stronger experts and more powerful answers into our workforce, our communities and our world. Our first 150 years have been spent honing Washburn’s identity, finances and potential.

Now is our time to move forward. To support the 150 Forward campaign, make your gift today or contact us.