Giving to the music department at Washburn University supports not only Washburn students, but also the community. Your support of the music department helps to fund scholarships, programs, travel and equipment, among other things. The Washburn music department educates future music teachers, performers, and musicians. In addition, many of the programs in the music department benefit the community. From percussion camp to free ensemble performances to the much-loved Vespers concert, the Washburn music department is involved in the community in many ways.

The Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation can facilitate your gift and help you decide where to leave your impact.

Your membership of $25 in the Friends of Washburn University Music demonstrates your support. Anything over the $25 membership is considered a charitable contribution.
The Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation can help facilitate gifts and endowments. You can choose to make a gift online, through the mail, or by visiting the Foundation offices across the street from Washburn's campus. Click here to see more ways to give to Washburn.
An endowment is a fund that is invested and only the earnings are used to fund general or specific needs. A current gift is sent directly to the University for needs or activities that are immediate. Endowed funds may be established over several years to provide for scholarships or for specific department, program or equipment funds, faculty enhancements such as professorships and chairs, program support, student or faculty travel funds, or other long-term University priorities.
To establish a named endowed fund, a minimum of $25,000 must be given. This may occur with one gift or over a period of up to five years. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is created between the donor and Washburn Endowment Association to guide the use of the endowment fund. You may establish the fund in your own name or in the name of a family member, friend, or faculty member. Once established, additional contributions may be made at any time - birthdays, anniversaries, retirements or other special events often prompt gifts toward an existing endowed fund.
Currently, an endowment of approximately $150,000 provides approximately one full-tuition undergraduate scholarship for a year at Washburn for a Kansas resident.
If the $25,000 minimum is not raised within five years, the funds may be added to another existing endowment for similar use, or may be presented to the University for current use related to the interests of the donor or donors.
Yes, many of our music department scholarships and other endowed funds have come from estate gifts or from gifts made during lifetime with an estate gift flowing into the existing fund.

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