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Watkins Society

The Watkins Society recognizes individuals who have developed an estate plan or other deferred gift arrangement with KU Endowment that will ultimately benefit the University of Kansas, KU Medical Center, the School of Medicine-Wichita, the School of Medicine-Salina, the KU Edwards Campus, Kansas Athletics or the KU Alumni Association.

Elizabeth M. Watkins, for whom the society is named, donated generously to KU through her will. In the 1930s, she bequeathed her home, which became the residence for KU chancellors. She also funded the construction of the original Watkins Memorial Health Center (now Twente Hall), Watkins Scholarship Hall and Miller Scholarship Hall, among many other initiatives. Read more about her legacy in KU Giving’s “The Lady Bountiful.”

The Watkins Society recognizes donors who commit to planned gifts at any level and through a variety of gift arrangements.


A charitable bequest is one of the easiest and most flexible ways that you can leave a gift to KU Endowment that will make a lasting impact.
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Charitable Gift Annuities

A charitable gift annuity is a gift made to our organization that can provide you with a secure source of fixed payments for life.
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charitable remainder trusts

A charitable remainder unitrust might offer the solutions you need!
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charitable lead trusts

If you are looking for a way to pass on some of your assets to your family while reducing or eliminating gift or estate taxes, a charitable lead trust is an excellent option.
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Retirement Plan Assests

Donating part or all of your unused retirement assets, such as your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension or other tax-deferred plan, is an excellent way to make a gift to KU Endowment.
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life insurance policies

A gift of your life insurance policy is an excellent way to make a gift to KU Endowment.
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You’re invited to help us create a future where students have uncommon educational experiences, researchers make life-affirming discoveries, and together, we change the world for the better. Ever Onward we go into a future of infinite possibilities.