Giving to Baker University

Welcome to the Giving website. 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 me or another 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.

Your continued support will strengthen Baker University’s foundation and further Baker’s commitment to assuring student learning and to developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.

On behalf of a grateful university, thank you!

Danielle Jones Rease

Senior Director of Development
Special Assistant to the President

How to Give | Online, Mail, Phone, Wire Transfer

Give Online

By Mail, Phone, or Wire Transfer

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.

pdf Download stock transfer instructions.

pdf Download mutual funds transfer instructions.

Please contact our Office of Development at 800.726.1554 or for additional information.

Planned Giving | Matching Gifts | Faculty & Staff

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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.

President’s Club

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

Matching Gifts

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 or call the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 785.594.4555 or 800.726.1554.

Why I Give

Forever Grateful for Their Baker Experience and the Opportunity to Assist the Next Generation

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.

Outstanding Teaching

The Baker Fund rewards faculty who excel through stimulating teaching, innovative techniques and thoughtful mentoring.

Innovative Programs

Mike Farmer, BS ’69, financially supports Baker’s involvement with the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, in which Baker students in a criminal justice course travel weekly to the Topeka Correctional Facility to study along and share stories with incarcerated women. 

Athletic Success

Baker’s women’s basketball team played in the NAIA national championship game. Make a difference to Wildcat athletes by supporting our nationally recognized programs with your Baker Fund gift.

Student Scholarships

Lindsay Hill earned seven scholarships before graduating in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. She also finished the preengineering program and minored in physics.

Operational Excellence

“The grounds crew takes a great deal of pride in the work they do. They know that the effort they put in shows right away.”
—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.

Contact Us

Alumni Relations | 888.781.2586 | | Alumni Website
Development | 800.726.1554 |

Danielle Jones ReaseDanielle Jones Rease
Senior Director of Development, Special Assistant to the President | 785.615.9079
Office: Alumni Center

Doug BarthDoug Barth
Director of Alumni Relations | 785.594.4799
Office: Alumni Center
Phil HannonPhil Hannon
Assistant Director of Special Gifts
B.S. Baker University | 785.594.8493
Office: Alumni Center
Lynda LewisLynda Lewis
Advancement Administrative Assistant | 785.594.4590
Office: Alumni Center
Kathy McCraryKathy McCrary
Manager of Constituent Relations | 785.594.4555
Office: Alumni Center
Kelsey NolteKelsey Nolte
Assistant Director of Annual Fund | 785.594.4526
Office: Alumni Center
Rachel ShuckRachel Shuck
Development Officer | 913.344.6020
Office: Alumni Center
Amy SpikesAmy Spikes
Gift Officer of Leadership Giving | 785.594.4790
Office: Alumni Center

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You Make the Difference
Baker alumni are known for their strong tradition of giving. Graduates value their education, and their generous support ensures the same opportunities are available to the next generation.

We appreciate your continued participation in Baker University. Your participation, no matter the amount, helps make the university the best it can be.

Annual Recognition Levels

Diamond Society $1,000,000+
Platinum Society $500,000 – $999,999
Sustaining Patrons $100,000 – $499,999
Cornerstone Circle $50,000 – $99,999
Founders 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 $1 – $99


Try our Text2Give donating tool to easily give to the Baker Fund for scholarships!

Text Baker to 913.562.9030 and click the link in the response text.

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