WKU announces record-setting philanthropic donations in first half of fiscal year

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Philanthropic gifts are a vital part to the success of colleges and universities across the country, Western Kentucky University included.

So far, WKU is off to a record-setting number of gifts this year.

“Every gift is important to the advancement of WKU, and we’re thankful,” said John Paul Blair, Interim Vice President for WKU Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement.

Blair is thankful, and for good reason, too.

Thankful for more than $12.4 million in gifts that the university has received through the first half of Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018).

“The progress we’ve made in the first six months through philanthropy gives us encouragement and reason to believe that this will be one of our top years as far as philanthropic support goes for the university as a whole,” Blair said.

The $12.4 million is the highest six-month total in WKU history, continuing an upward trend in donations made to the school in recent years.

“We’ve seen a rise in the tide of giving in the last three years,” said Blair. “We continue to work to be good stewards of their investments on campus.”

A lot of those investments will be utilized to fulfill WKU President Timothy C. Caboni’s “Climbing to Greater Heights” Strategic Plan.

“The strategic plan and its ultimate success, in great measure, is going to rely on the philanthropy of many,” Blair said.

The many refers to donations from alumni across various generations. Support from Hilltoppers of all ages will be necessary to help the university continue to progress in the future.

“We are grateful for all of our alumni and friends who demonstrate their belief in WKU by making personal contributions,” said President Caboni in an e-mail. “Their gifts shape our future and provide opportunity and access to the WKU Experience for the next generation of Hilltoppers.”

Last year, WKU set a school record for financial gifts in fiscal year 2018, something they’re hoping to exceed after the great start they’ve gotten off to this year.