By FHSU Foundation

Hays, KSThe Fort Hays State family showed incredible enthusiasm and support for the university’s second annual Giving Day this week, raising nearly $200,000 in a 24-hour period.


The tremendous success of FHSU’s Giving Day proves further that Fort Hays State is a university of resilience, strength, and community. In total, 810 Tiger fans from 40 states came together to invest in areas across campus that were in-need of financial support. Many donors elected to support more than one project leading to just under 1,000 gifts.

Throughout the 24-hour fundraising effort on April 21, donors supported scholarships, every academic college and athletic program across campus, an array of student organizations and a wide variety of additional campus projects and priorities. The day was fueled with gifts of all sizes – fully funding several projects that were initially lacking in private support.

“Gifts started rolling in early in the morning and the momentum continued throughout the entire day,” said Jason Williby, president and CEO of the FHSU Foundation. “When the last online donation was made Thursday evening, I had goosebumps. Fort Hays State University has once again united to strengthen our mission. We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from those who made a gift to those who helped spread the word about Giving Day. The impact of our collective giving will be felt for years to come.”

Fort Hays State’s Giving Day was created to raise awareness around the university’s needs, to cultivate new donors, and to offer an engaging way to raise money for deserving Tigers. Donors could give to their favorite area of FHSU or choose from 50 specific areas of the university that were in-need of financial support.

Those who were unable to donate on FHSU’s Giving Day can still make a difference at Fort Hays State University. Visit to make a gift and to learn more about the FHSU Foundation, the fundraising arm of Fort Hays State. You may also contact their office at 785-628-5620 or