$ 734,621 raised 1,898 gifts
School of Social Welfare has raised $ 7,355 from 39 gifts!
School of Social Welfare


Social workers are a unique group of individuals who have dedicated their lives to helping the less fortunate, the marginalized, the hurting, the most vulnerable. Some seek to change the life of one individual and others want to change the world. Either way, their selfless, steadfast commitment is courageous, indispensable and oftentimes underappreciated and misunderstood.

Social workers are agents of change and serve all ages from birth to death and advocate for individuals, families and communities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the social work profession in Kansas to grow nine percent by 2024.

We are dedicated to fulfilling this need by providing a learning environment that promotes social, economic and environmental justice, educating students to practice with integrity and the competence needed to serve such important causes. As these students have chosen to devote their lives to helping others, it is now our time to help them.

The school has identified two funding priorities for ONE DAY. ONE KU. — the newly-created Student Emergency Fund and the Dean’s Opportunity Fund, both of which are critical and necessary. Your gift to the School of Social Welfare Emergency Fund will help provide necessary support for students who experience an unexpected need. Many don’t know where to turn and, without support, would be forced to take a break from school or drop out completely. Your contribution to the Dean’s Opportunity Fund will provide unrestricted dollars and enable the dean to direct funds where the need is greatest.


Thank you for helping us make ONE DAY. ONE KU. a success for the School of Social Welfare!

Melissa Ness Make a Difference Match for Social Welfare
Students choose the social work profession to MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Melissa Ness MSW, has graciously agreed to match dollar for dollar, up to $1,000, all contributions to the School of Social Welfare during One Day. One KU.
$1,000 MATCHED
Dean's Challenge for Social Welfare
Dean Carney has generously offered to match dollar for dollar all gifts to the School of Social Welfare, up to $1,000. Help us meet this generous challenge!
$1,000 MATCHED
Lightner Family Match for Social Welfare
To start an emergency fund for students, the Lightner family will contribute $25 for each of the first 25 gifts made to the School of Social Welfare. Please help us take advantage of this tremendous offer!
25 / 25 Gifts
Chancellors Challenge
Thanks to current KU Chancellor Douglas Girod and former chancellors Bernadette Gray-Little, Del Shankel, Gene Budig and Archie Dykes, an additional $10,000 has been unlocked for student scholarships!
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
Twitter Hashtag Challenge
Twitter challenge unlocked! Thanks to your help spreading #OneDayOneKU, $5,000 has been donated to KU scholarships.
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