Memorials at WSU: A lasting tribute, a significant gift
Feb 28, 2008 10:05 AM | Print
Have you ever considered setting up a memorial fund at Wichita State but weren't sure how? The following information will give you everything you need if you choose to do so in the future.
Establishing a memorial fund at Wichita State is a fitting tribute honoring the legacy of a relative, friend or colleague. Whether the individual is a graduate of WSU or an avid supporter and friend of the university, a memorial at WSU continues that relationship, lauding the life and memory of a person who touched the lives of many, while benefitting students, faculty or programs at WSU.
Many of the university endowed funds were originally established through a memorial, signifying the importance of memorial funds. In fiscal year 2007, 29 memorials were established, resulting in more than $88,000 in assistance. So far in fiscal year 2008, 25 new memorials have been created with more than $46,000 in contributions.
Creating a memorial is a simple process. Once a family member or friend decides to establish a memorial with WSU, a fund will be opened specifically under the name of the deceased.
Although the details of the fund are not necessary at this time, many choose to designate a specific area or college that was dear to the individual's heart. The college or area designated will then be contacted to be made aware of the gift. All logistics and details of the memorial are handled by the WSU Foundation staff, including acknowledgement letters to all contributors on behalf of WSU and the family.
Regular updates are also sent to the family, or the designated contact person of the memorial, with the names of the contributors. Approximately two to three months following the creation of the memorial, a WSU Foundation staff member will contact the family or individual to discuss details regarding the use of the memorial fund, ensuring that the names of those honored will live on through scholarships, faculty support or other programs.
For more information, please contact the special projects manager, Natalie Olmsted, at the WSU Foundation, (316) 978-6842. All gifts to memorials should be directed to the WSU Foundation, 1845 Fairmount Campus Box 2, Wichita, KS 67260-0002.
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