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KWU Gets Matching Grant Pledge

KSAL StaffSeptember 18, 2014

Kansas Wesleyan University just got a big assist to help complete the fundraising campaign for its $7.5M Sports Complex. An anonymous donor has agreed to match any commitments made during the rest of September, up to $400,000. Every dollar raised for the next 13 days will be doubled.

“We are truly within eyesight of the end zone on this campaign,” said Dr. Matt Thompson, president and CEO. “We can cross the goal line with less than $600,000 in new gifts.”

The Mabee Foundation has pledged $750,000, the final 10 percent of the project, if the university raises $6.75M by October 8. KWU launched a 100-Day Dash campaign on July 1 to bolster momentum and has received more than $750,000 in the past 12 weeks.

“We are confident that with this new $400,000 matching gift, we will reach our goal and be able to accept the funds from the Mabee Foundation,” Thompson said.

Phase I of the project is fully funded and includes two lighted turf fields, an eight-lane competitive track and resurfaced tennis courts. When the campaign reaches its goal construction of projects in Phase II—the grandstand, press box, concession stands and restroom facilities—will begin.

“Now is the time to bring this campaign home,” said Thompson. “We are so close, and we have so much momentum. Our student-athletes, our university family, and the Salina community are anxious for this project to be completed. It’s exciting to know that we are almost there.”

To make a gift or a multi-year pledge, visit, stop by the Institutional Advancement Office or call 785.827.5541, x 1121.

Story by John Elmore / Kansas Wesleyan University

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