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The Office of Philanthropy is the fundraising arm of the University of Kentucky. Charged with furthering the university’s mission and vision, the philanthropy staff works with faculty, students, programs, colleges and administration to identify the university’s top priorities. Then, it connects the university to the people, corporations and foundations who can make their dreams a reality.

Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign

Kentucky Can bring hope to those in need and in pain.
Kentucky Can equip the new leaders who will show us the way.
Kentucky Can find answers to the biggest questions we face.
Kentucky Can work harder, reach higher and dream bigger for the future of our institution, our students and our state.

UK has launched a $2.1 billion campaign to tackle these challenges by improving opportunities for student success, funding innovative research, improving healthcare for all Kentuckians, strengthening our alumni network and supporting our athletics programs. It is an historic effort, but one that we can accomplish with your help.

Together, we will show the world what Kentucky Can do.

LEARN MORE ABOUT KENTUCKY CAN

Impact Stories

research

Tackle critical health issues through groundbreaking research

New Center Addresses Kentucky Health Disparities
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Dr. Teresa Waters

Ensure UK's continued prosperity

Endowment Allows Chair to Focus on Research
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rodriguez

Amplify opportunities for student success

Scholarship Inspires Student to Give Back
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healthcare

Solve complex health problems plaguing Kentuckians

HealthCare Collaboration Saves Woman's Wrist
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Wildcat

Enhance every aspect of the student experience

Three Decades after Playing Career, Oliver White Returns to Earn Degree
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What Are You Passionate About

When we combine forces, we can achieve anything. What will you make happen at the University of Kentucky?

UK Philanthropy News

Clearing Pathways: The need to grow UK's endowment
Jordan Nicoulin is the perfect example of an endowment at work. The senior juggles engineering classes, work and raising a son with the help of donor support.
Every Dollar Counts: Scholarships Increase Access, Boost Retention
Private scholarship support connects students to their dreams and provides many students the ability to attend and stay in college.
A UK Hero for Generations to Come
UK alumnus and supporter Carol Martin "Bill" Gatton made a $20 million gift to the new student center that provided a cutting edge facility for students.
Dr. Margot McCullers

Why I Give

My husband always said that when you earn a degree, it is something that cannot be lost or taken away. That is why we wanted to provide funds for students at all different levels. Sometimes it just takes a little nudge to give students self-confidence and an opportunity to succeed.

-Dr. Margot McCullers

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What's Your Connection to UK?

Dr. Drayton Logan-Metzler
ALUMNI GIVING

We are all going to need a nurse in the future. By giving back, we are helping to strengthen the profession.

Dr. Drayton Logan-Metzler, '77
 
C. Richard Smith
CORPORATE GIVING

It is heartwarming to see how appreciative students are and the positive influence scholarships have had on their life.

C. Richard Smith, donor
 
Dr. Robert Fehr
FACULTY/STAFF GIVING

This was a way to help students like my wife and to keep her name alive.

Dr. Robert Fehr, professor emeritus
 
Lini Kadaba
ALUMNI GIVING

UK was a big part of my parents' lives and of mine. I created a scholarship to honor them indefinitely.

Lini Kadaba, ’84, ’85