Giving to Baker University
Thank you for your interest in giving back to Baker University! Your contributions continue the powerful mission of the university to assure our commitment to student learning and to developing confident, competent, and responsible contributors to society.
Our success depends largely on support from you, our alumni, parents and loyal Baker friends. I invite your continued partnership with Baker University and ask for your investment in the areas most meaningful to you. Your gift can increase scholarship aid for students, provide support for faculty, or enhance the quality of our programs.
You can make a gift securely online or contact a member of the development staff for more information about making a gift.
Please consider joining the President’s Club with an annual gift of $1,000 to the area of your choice.
Share your legacy by becoming a Pulliam Society member by including the university in your will or estate plans.
Participate in the Gibson Legacy Challenge by documenting your planned gift. For every new documented planned gift contribution, Hoot and Kathleen Gibson will make a $1,000 donation in your honor to the Baker scholarship of your choice.
We cannot thank you enough for your continued financial support of Baker. We couldn’t do it without you! Your continued support will strengthen our foundation for future generations of Baker Wildcats!
On behalf of our grateful university, thank you!
Danielle Jones Rease
Chief of Staff, Office of the President
and Office of Development and Alumni Relations
How to Give | Online, Text2Give, Mail, Phone, Wire Transfer
Text2Give Donating Tool
Easily give to the Baker Fund for scholarships by texting Baker to 913.562.9030 and clicking the link in the response text.
Send It by Mail
When sending a gift by check, please remember to indicate your gift’s purpose within the memo line. All checks should be made payable to Baker University and mailed to the following:
Baker University Office of Development
PO Box 65
Baldwin City, KS 66006-0065
Make a Call
Call 800.726.1554 to provide your credit card information over the phone. A representative from the Office of Development will be available to take your information.
Donate by Wire Transfer
Making a stock or mutual funds gift by wire transfer is a simple process.
Please contact our Office of Development at 800.726.1554 or advancement@bakerU.edu for additional information.
Baker’s Legacy, Your Legacy
I am honored to serve as the 29th president of Baker University, a wonderful place that means so much to all of you because of the impact it has had on you personally and professionally.
I will strive to serve this community as president by raising funds to support scholarships for students and for academic and faculty excellence. A robust endowment will provide a strong foundation for years to come. I will work with the entire Baker University community to increase enrollment and build on the vision of past presidents, faculty members and you as I prepare to do justice to your legacy.
The key to our prosperity is to be nimble, innovative, and disciplined in investing in our core strength: providing a high-quality liberal arts education that prepares students for careers and teaches that character does matter.
Dr. Lynne Murray
Baker University President
Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.
Make a difference in the lives of our students.
Become a member of the President’s Club, the premier giving society for Baker University.
Through a minimum $1,000 annual gift, you will be recognized as a member of the President’s Club. Benefits include invitations to special events, important publications and the satisfaction of investing regularly in Baker.
Join this circle of friends who make a significant impact on Baker’s present and future.
Every Gift Matters, Make A Gift Today
Corporate Matching Gifts Can Increase Your Contribution
Corporate matching gifts are a great way for Baker University alumni, parents and friends to maximize personal contributions to the University and increase the impact of their gift. Many companies set aside philanthropic dollars for higher education and allocate those funds through matching gift programs. These programs allow employees, and sometimes retirees and directors, of the company to make a contribution to an institution, which is then matched by a corporate gift.
Matching levels vary from one company to another, but regardless of the match percentage, these gifts represent a significant source of support for Baker University. By taking advantage of a corporate matching gift, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of your contribution. For the purposes of tracking giving levels, your gift as well as your company’s contribution are credited to your account so the benefits of reaching higher levels of giving add up fast. A matching gift from your company is valuable not only for what it does to enrich Baker’s educational and student aid programs, but also for what it says about your company’s commitment to education.
How Do I Make Sure My Gift to Baker Is Matched by My Company?
Each company has its own guidelines for employees, spouses, retirees and widows and widowers. Most corporate procedures are very simple:
- Request a matching funds form from your company.
- Complete and submit the form to Baker University along with your gift.
- Baker will verify the completed form and return it to the company.
- The company issues a matching gift contribution to Baker University.
Completed forms can be sent with your personal gift to the Office of Development, P.O. Box 65, Baldwin City, KS 66006. For more information, feel free to contact us at advancement@bakerU.edu or call the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at or 800.726.1554.
Ways to Make a Lasting Impact
Planned giving provides for a future gift to Baker through your financial and estate plans. Your support of Baker University honors and supports our rich tradition of academic excellence and student engagement in a respectful, inviting, and values-based learning community.
Donors who include Baker University in their estate plans are inducted into the Pulliam Society, an honorary association of donors recognized and appreciated by the university.
Gifts of Stocks & Bonds
Donating appreciated securities, including stocks or bonds, is an easy and tax-effective way for you to make a gift to Baker University.
The following are benefits of gifts of stocks and bonds:
- You will avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale of appreciated stock
- You will receive a charitable income tax deduction.
- You will further our mission today.
Make a gift of stocks and bonds by electronic transfer or by certified mail.
Gifts of Real Estate
Donating appreciated real estate, such as a home, vacation property, undeveloped land, farmland, ranch, or commercial property can make a great gift to Baker University.
The following are benefits of gifts of real estate:
- You avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale of the real estate.
- You will receive a charitable income tax deduction based on the value of the gift.
- You will leave a lasting legacy to Baker University.
Your real property may be given to Baker University by executing or signing a deed transferring ownership. You may deed part or all of your real property to Baker University, and your gift will generally be based on the property’s fair market value, which must be established by an independent appraisal.
Gifts of Retirement Assets
Donating part or all of your unused retirement assets, such as your IRA, 401(k), pension, or other tax-deferred plan, is an excellent way to make a gift to Baker University.
The following are benefits of gifts of retirement assets:
- You will avoid potential estate tax on retirement assets.
- Your heirs will avoid income tax on retirement assets funded on a pretax basis.
- You will receive potential estate tax savings from an estate tax donation.
To leave your retirement assets to Baker University, you need to complete a beneficiary designation form provided by your retirement plan custodian. If you designate Baker University as beneficiary, we will benefit from the full value of your gift because your IRA assets will not be taxed at your death. Your estate will benefit from an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift
Gifts of Cash
A donation of cash is a simple and easy way to make a gift
The following are benefits of gifts of cash:
- You can make an immediate impact on our mission.
- You can take a charitable income tax deduction.
To make an online gift of cash, complete the online donation form. You gift will be processed quickly and safely using our secure server.
You may also send us a check or money order. Please let us know if you want your gift used for a specific purpose by indicating that purpose either in the memo line or in a letter to us.
Gifts of Insurance
A gift of your life insurance policy is an excellent way to make a gift to Baker University. If you have a life insurance policy that has outlasted its original purpose, consider making it a gift to Baker University. For example, you may have purchased a policy to provide for minor children and they are now financially independent adults.
The following are benefits of gifts of life insurance:
- You will receive a charitable income tax deduction.
- If Baker University retains the policy to maturity, you can receive additional tax deductions by making annual gifts so that we can pay the premiums.
- If Baker University cashes in the policy, you will be able to see firsthand how your gift supports our work.
- If we retain the policy to maturity or you name us as a beneficiary, once the policy matures, the proceeds of your policy will be paid to us so that we can use the proceeds to further our work.
To make a gift of life insurance, please contact your insurance provider, request a beneficiary designation form from the insurer, and include Baker University as the beneficiary of your policy.
Gibson Legacy Challenge
To promise a better future for the Baker community, the Gibson family has established the Gibson Legacy Challenge. If you make or report a new planned gift to Baker, the Gibson family will make a $1,000 donation today in your honor to the Baker fund of your choice!
“As alumni, we are forever grateful to Baker University. We believe planned gifts pay tribute to the role Baker played in our lives. It is how we say, “thank you” and make a difference at the same time.” Hoot, ’73, and Kathleen Gibson, with daughter Emily, ’11.
How the Gibson Legacy Challenge Works
1. Name Baker University in your will or set up a planned gift with Baker University as a beneficiary.
2. Provide documentation of your planned gift.
Gibson Legacy Challenge Details
1. The Gibson Legacy Challenge covers many types of planned gifts as well as gifts through your will. Eligible gifts include naming Baker as a beneficiary of your retirement account, life insurance policy, investment portfolio, or bank account. Life income gifts such as charitable gift annuities also qualify.
2. Either you or your spouse must be at least 50 years old and a former student of Baker.
3. You must provide supporting documentation of your planned gift and an estimated value of your gift.
Call 800.726.1554 or email advancement@bakerU.edu for more details about the Gibson Legacy Challenge.
Why I Give
Forever Grateful for Their Baker Experience and the Opportunity to Assist the Next Generation
Dr. Jared Grantham and Carol (Gabbert) Grantham, ’58
Dr. Jared Grantham’s fondest Baker University memory was when he took Carol Elaine Gabbert to Homecoming in 1955. They were married in 1958. As Dr. Grantham’s career blossomed, he and Carol never forgot the university that gave him his start. He served on the Baker University Board of Trustees for decades and left a planned gift to the university in order to promise future support for generations to come.
“Jared used to recall a phenomenon called ‘the Baker Magic,’ which explained the personalized experience between faculty, students, and administration. We have given to Baker because we believe in an education where individual attention is given to each student as needed. We want Baker to continue to provide an educational environment where students really know their instructors and feel their support.”
Students Come First
Ryan, ’06, and Emilee (Merry) Kuhn, ‘06
Because their education was funded, in part, by scholarships, the Kuhns provide financial support to benefit current Baker students. They also give to building projects and volunteer to speak at classes, judge competitions and help others learn about their professions. The Kuhns give back in large part, because of the alumni who supported their academic endeavors a decade ago.
“The students are what it is all about, so we enjoy interacting with them and helping them with their careers the same way past alumni did for us. Our Baker experiences set us up for success early in our careers so we want to give back however we can, in hopes that others might have similar experiences.”
Lessons Learned Through Faith
Philip Johnson, BA ’03
While at Baker, Johnson was an active member in Baker Ambassadors, a spiritual life leadership group that travels to United Methodist churches to visit with college-bound students and participate in community service projects. His generosity to his alma mater, specifically the Chapel Fund, assures students can continue to develop leadership skills by providing service to others and creating meaningful social change.
“My time at Baker was a formative experience that to this day impacts my perspectives and ambitions. I would like to help students build and rely on their faith as they begin their professional lives.”
Follow Your Passion
Jennifer Yocham Poersch, BA ’95
Since taking a political science course just for fun her first semester at Baker, Yocham Poersch has been hooked on governmental affairs. After working on political campaigns and serving several national Democratic organizations, she started her own government affairs firm with two other senior-level officers. She gives back to Baker because she believes the university allows students to find their passion and follow it.
“I give to Baker because I am able and think it is the right thing to do. Extracurricular involvement is such an important tool for personal growth in college, and I happily threw myself into a lot of different activities at Baker. I know there are a lot of good projects going on at Baker, so I generally leave it to the discretion of the university to decide how best to spend the small amount I am able to give each year.”
The Baker Fund
Gifts to the Baker Fund Strengthen Every Facet of the University
The Baker Fund is driven by the spirit of the Baker family. Alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty and staff have generated much-needed funds for some of the university’s most critical needs and greatest strengths. Because of their flexibility, gifts to the Baker Fund enable the university to meet immediate opportunities and needs.
—Jeremy Portlock, director of the physical plant
Honor Roll of Donors
Supporting Baker’s Commitment to Excellence
Highlighted in the Honor Roll of Donors are our alumni and friends who have been integral to Baker’s success in providing an excellent liberal arts education. The foundation is in place to enrich the lives of our undergraduate, nursing, graduate and doctoral students as we look to the future. The commitment to excellence is made possible through your generous donations of time, talent and treasure.
More than 3,000 students, preparing for the next step in their personal and professional lives, are trusting Baker University to further their educational endeavors. Baker University’s presence among the area’s finest educational institutions is sustained through your giving.
Annual Recognition Levels
Diamond Society $1,000,000+
Platinum Society $500,000 – $999,999
Sustaining Patron $100,000 – $499,999
Cornerstone Circle $50,000 – $99,999
Founder’s Circle $10,000 – $49,999
Trustee Circle $5,000 – $9,999
President’s Club $1,000 – $4,999
1858 Club $500 – $999
Century Club $100 – $499
Friends of Baker Up to $99
Faculty & Staff Giving Opportunities
Invest in the lives of our students and reinforce the work you do each day
As a Baker University faculty or staff member, you are a key part of the environment that fosters excellence for our students. You also have the opportunity daily to see how gifts affect the university. Beyond the time and talents you share, your generosity helps promote learning and transforms lives.
Whether you would like to make a one-time gift today or contribute through payroll deduction (deducted pretaxes) to the Baker Fund or to a specific program, every gift matters and no gift is too small. A robust faculty and staff giving program can help leverage additional gifts and grants from foundations.
To begin participating in the faculty and staff giving program, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 800.726.1554.
Sean Dooley, Men's Basketball Head Coach
“On a daily basis, I get the pleasure of interacting and working with our amazing student-athletes here at BU. To see them on campus, growing and developing into future leaders, gives me a great sense of pride. For most of them, the opportunity to receive the high-class education Baker University provides would not be possible without the contributions of others. I know every little bit benefits our students while also enhancing our award-winning departments and programs, and that is why I choose to give.”
Martha Harris, Professor of Business & Economics
“I believe in what Baker stands for. As an alumna, I’m proud of my Baker degree. As a faculty member, I am proud of our programs and the quality of education that we provide to students. While we may feel conflicted in being asked to contribute part of our pay to our employing institution, I think it is important to be supportive of Baker’s mission. We may not feel that our individual contributions are significant, but they are collectively an important show of unity in pursuit of our goals. They are also a good way to show our support of individual programs and initiatives that are especially important to us.”
What is the faculty & staff giving program?
This program provides an opportunity for university faculty and staff members to make gifts to their favorite initiatives or departments.
How much should I give?
No gift is too small, and all gifts make a difference. Your participation is just as important as the amount in the success of the university.
Can I specify where my contribution will go?
Yes. The choice is yours. When filling out your faculty & staff payroll deduction form with Human Resources, indicate the name of the department or program to which you would like to designate your gift. Your gift can also be used for general purposes through the Baker Fund. If you would like to learn more about the areas you can designate your gift to, contact the Office of Development at 800.726.1554.
Can I designate my gift to more than one area?
Certainly. Indicate the area and amount for each designation when filling out your faculty and staff payroll deduction form with Human Resources.
Office of Development & Alumni Relations
Alumni Relations | University Development | Endowment & Planned Giving
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is here to support the mission and vision of Baker University.
Danielle Jones Rease
Chief of Staff, Office of the President and Office of Development and Alumni Relations
djonesrease@bakerU.edu | 785.615.9079
Office: Alumni Center
Director of Alumni Relations
doug.barth@bakerU.edu | 785.594.4799
Office: Alumni Center
Assistant Director of Special Gifts
B.S. Baker University
phil.hannon@bakerU.edu | 785.594.8493
Office: Alumni Center
Advancement Administrative Assistant
lynda.lewis@bakerU.edu | 785.594.4590
Office: Alumni Center
Manager of Constituent Relations
kathy.mccrary@bakerU.edu | 785.594.4555
Office: Alumni Center
Annual Fund Officer
rachel.shuck@bakerU.edu | 913.344.6020
Office: Alumni Center
Gift Officer of Leadership Giving
amy.spikes@bakerU.edu | 785.594.4790
Office: Alumni Center
P.O. Box 65 Baldwin City, KS 66006 785-594-6451