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Now more than ever, we need well-trained social workers and social work researchers. Your gift to the School of Social Welfare with help change social work practice and social policy to support greater dignity, respect and empowerment for the people and communities served by the social work profession.

KU School of Social Welfare Dean Michelle Mohr Carney is traveling the country eager to meet and discuss how the KU School of Social Welfare strives to attain its vision "All individuals, families, & communities utilize their power to achieve justice, equity, & well-being." Through education, scholarship and research, the School believes we can transform lives. We can't do it alone. If you believe in this same mission, join us, and together we can change the world!

Inaugural 24-hour giving campaign One Day. One KU. raises $734,621

KU held its first One Day. One KU. on February 20, 2018. The University raised $734,621 in a 24-hours.

We identified two funding priorities for ONE DAY. ONE KU. — the newly-created Student Emergency Fund and the Dean’s Opportunity Fund, both of which are critical and necessary. Gifts to the School of Social Welfare Emergency Fund will help provide necessary support for students who experience an unexpected need. Many don’t know where to turn and, without support, would be forced to take a break from school or drop out completely. Contributions to the Dean’s Opportunity Fund will provide unrestricted dollars and enable the dean to direct funds where the need is greatest.

School of Social Welfare has raised $7,355 from 39 gifts! Thank you to all who helped us through spreading the word, creating a challenge and donating. View the full results of the School of Social Welfare on the One Day. One KU. website.


We are pleased to announce that Laura Meyer has been hired as the Development Director, School of Social Welfare and Libraries. Laura was most recently employed as Director of Development and Outreach with Kansas Advocates for Better Care. Prior to that, she served 11 years as a Development Officer and then Director of Development with Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village, MO. In addition to her work in development and non-profit, her prior experience includes working in international marketing for a global retail company. In her free time, Laura enjoys running, hiking, going to live music, and looking after her 3 senior dogs.
“What I love most about the development profession is the incredible people I get to meet and develop relationships with. As a servant of philanthropy, my goal is to give each person an opportunity to make a difference in a way that is meaningful to them, while also benefiting the School of Social Welfare and its students and faculty. Ultimately, I believe that each of us wants to feel like we’ve made a positive impact on someone’s life, and I look forward to meeting many of you and talking about how we can make that happen.”
Laura began on October 10 and can be reached at or 785-832-7372.

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