Gorilla Giving Day

 gorilla giving day

On March 27, 2023, alumni and friends will come together to support Pittsburg State University during our 24-hour giving campaign, Gorilla Giving Day. This unique fundraising event is the perfect opportunity to show your Gorilla pride by supporting the programs and priorities most meaningful to you. 

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Why March 27?

This year on March 27th one of Pitt State’s oldest standing traditions, Apple Day, will celebrate the commemoration of the first building appropriation secured by Principal Russell S. Russ and school supporters in 1907. Still today, students, faculty, staff and supporters come together to celebrate this incredible milestone in Pittsburg State University history. As we begin new traditions we hope you participate in Gorilla Giving Day, an event inspired by Apple Day, to continue our purpose of supporting Pittsburg State University.

Celebrity Bartenders Event

Join us for a fun evening at Brick + Mortar Social House on Monday, March 27 between 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. to wrap up this year's Gorilla Giving Day campaign. On hand for this special event will be PSU President Dan Shipp, along with "celebrity" bartenders. A limited menu and drinks (including non-alcoholic options) will be available, where all proceeds are being donated to PSU's 2023 Gorilla Giving Day efforts.


Dan Bikes Kansas

Growing Pitt State awareness, seeing Kansas communities (most of which are full of Gorillas!) up close, making college affordable for our students...what's the best way to do all of that at once? On a bike! Be part of the excitement as President Dan Shipp crosses the state on two wheels for our students!

Learn more about Dan's mission

One Day. One Purpose. One Proud Gorilla Family.

Pitt State students Jourdan, Carmen, and Michael share how giving has positively impacted their college experience.

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Annual Giving FAQs

  • How can I make a gift to Pittsburg State University?
  • Where can my gift to Pittsburg State University be directed?
  • What is a Pitt Power project?
  • Why am I asked to cover credit card fees?
  • What are the ways I can give to Pitt State?
Pittsburg State University is able to accept gifts in a variety of ways for your convenience. One method is to give safely and securely online at pittstate.edu/givenow. A second method is to give through the mail in response to any annual Direct Mail solicitation. Another option is to establish a planned gift to leave a lasting legacy to be remembered, which can be in the form of cash, retirement assets, stocks and bonds, or insurance. And finally, a Gift-in-Kind may be accepted, which is the gift of goods/physical assets or services.
Gifts made to scholarships, program support, faculty support, and facilities are all priorities of Pittsburg State University. Gifts that are not designated go to the PSU Annual Fund, where they benefit PSU students by providing scholarships, enhancing course development, funding innovative equipment, attracting top faculty, and more. When making a gift online, use the drop down menu or open field to designate your gift. You may also make a gift in memory or honor of someone.
Pitt Power is a platform to support specific online fundraising efforts that are initiated by students working on an academic program or campus projects. Learn more at pittstate.edu/foundation/pitt-power.
Credit card companies deduct fees on every transaction. You can increase your impact by offsetting these fees, which are 3%. If you choose to cover that additional fee, the cost to cover the credit card fees will be added to your charitable gift amount.
  • Annual Fund – An account where monetary gifts are held and able to be used to assist with the greatest needs of the University
  • Bequest – To designate an organization as the beneficiary of your asset by will, trust or beneficiary designation form
  • Beneficiary Designation Gifts – To designate an organization as a beneficiary of a retirement, investment or bank account, or life insurance policy
  • Endowed Scholarship – A scholarship that is funded for several years and can benefit multiple students as the principal donation isn’t used to award the scholarship, but instead the interest earned through the principal donation is used as the awarded amount
  • Gift-in-Kind – A non-monetary donation in the form of goods or services that can be used to enhance the University’s strategy
  • Matching Gift – A type of philanthropy in which companies financially match donations that their employees make to nonprofit organizations
  • Planned Gift – A gift provided for legally during the donor’s lifetime, but whose principal benefits do not accrue to the institution until some further time, usually upon the death of the donor or his or her beneficiary
  • Pledge – A signed and dated commitment to make a gift over a specified period
  • Recurring Gift – When a donor elects to make an ongoing donation over a selected period of time instead of a one-time gift
  • Scholarship – A grant or payment made to support a student’s education, awarded on the basis of need, academic achievement, or other achievements
  • Unrestricted Gift – A gift to an institution for whatever purposes officers or trustees choose

How You Can Help Our Colleges

Dean Robert Frisbee, Ed. D.

The College of Technology is grateful for our facility and all our laboratories. We are proud of our hands-on learning emphasis. Your gifts allow us to maintain and improve our laboratories and equipment. And just as important, the support provides many scholarship opportunities for our students!

The support also provides funding to upgrade and have a positive impact on our curriculum and programs. Because of your support, we at the COT are able to stay up with all the changes in technology.

Thank you for your gifts and continued support!

Dr. Paul Grimes, Dean

The generosity of donors to the Kelce College of Business allows us to provide an additional margin of excellence through enhanced educational experiences. These experiences will be further enhanced through our new Gorilla Rising building project in downtown Pittsburg.

The future is bright for all Business Gorillas.

Thank you for your gifts and continued support!

Dr. Mary Carol Pomatto, Dean

The College of Arts and Sciences is thankful for your generosity. Your gifts allow us to enrich the student experience in multiple ways, including scholarships, specialized learning tools and other key enhancements.

Your contributions afford us the opportunity to go above and beyond and support of our students.

Thank you for your gifts and continued support!

Dean James Truelove, Ph.D.

Students in the College of Education are pursuing degrees that will enable them to serve community-based professions that impact people for the greater good.

Private giving provides the college of education. The resources needed to assist our students as they seek to obtain the knowledge and skills they will need to make a positive difference.

We are grateful for our alumni friends, and I encourage you to visit campus and see firsthand how your gifts are used to help our students achieve their goals.

Thank you for your gifts and continued support!