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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.

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Impact Stories

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Research

UK One of Four Sites Chosen for Opioid Research
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Student Success

Wilson Uses UK Education to Give Back
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UK HealthCare

UK Hospital, Markey Cancer Center Ranked Among Best
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Scholarships

Scholarship Changed Her Family's Lives
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Endowment

Salamanders May Hold Key to Human Regeneration  
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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

$1 Million Gift Establishes Lunsford Scholars Program
Focused on public service, the Lunsford Scholars Program will give Arts and Sciences students internship, education abroad, research and service learning opportunities as well as access to community leaders and dynamic speakers.
More Than $1 Million Raised on One Day for UK
It was “an outstanding day for the university.” One Day for UK raised more than $1 million from more than 3,200 gifts. The outpouring of support benefited colleges, programs and causes and attracted 450 new donors.
Recent Graduate Establishes 2 Scholarships for Students
Samantha Eversole knew how much her mother valued education and supporting her community. When her mother died after Samantha graduated UK in 2018, she created two scholarships in UK Student Support Services.
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Why I Give

"We wanted our sister and daughter Shannon's legacy and her love for the university to continue through her scholarship, and we wanted to give students from our hometown the same opportunities we had been given."

-Shiela Corley '92 and Anna Corley

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What's Your Connection to UK?

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COMMUNITY GIVING

Kentucky has very poor health rankings. We want to change that, and we know this building can help.

Sen. Reggie Thomas
 

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FACULTY GIVING

What is so unique about teacher education and doctoral level education is that sense of helping people at a lot of different levels.

Deborah Bott Slaton
 

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STAFF GIVING

By giving to the library, donors are supporting the entire campus. There is not a unit that has not been affected by the work we do.

Sandra McAninch
 
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ALUMNI GIVING

I want every student with the ability and willingness to work hard to have the opportunity to access a UK education and to gain the skills and perspective I did.

Sandy Helton '71