Over the past decade, Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign raised money to allow our students and researchers to work smarter, reach higher and dream bigger for the future of our institution, our students and our state. This historic effort has dramatically accelerated the University of Kentucky’s efforts to solve the Commonwealth’s most challenging health and economic issues, including ensuring that more students attend UK without incurring debt.

Below are just a few of the numerous benchmarks made possible through the generosity of people just like you. Your support will positively impact the lives of Kentuckians for generations to come.

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Impact Stories

Brent Seales


Brent Seales believes is closer than ever to reading text from the scrolls charred by volcanic eruption in 79 CE
UK Invests

Student Success

UK Invests is a new, initiative to help students build a foundation of financial literacy and healthy habits
UK Markey Cancer Center


The UK Markey Cancer Center is now one of 56 National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country


Alexia Shamaei Zadeh is working toward becoming a doctor thanks to a scholarship from the Bill Gatton Foundation
New Building


A new Health Education Building will house four colleges in the largest academic building on campus

What Are You Passionate About

When we combine forces, we can achieve anything. What will you make happen at the University of Kentucky?

UK Philanthropy News

UK reaches historic, transformative Kentucky Can campaign goal
The University of Kentucky has achieved its $2.1 billion goal for Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign — the largest fundraising campaign in the Commonwealth’s history.
Historic $100 million gift will catapult UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Continuing a “legacy like no other,” late University of Kentucky alum and former trustee Carol Martin “Bill” Gatton bestowed a transformational gift of $100 million to the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment through The Bill Gatton Foundation.
UK Engineering graduate makes history with $34.5 million gift to advance the college, support students
For Stanley and Karen Pigman's long-standing support, UK President Eli Capilouto recommended the college be named the Stanley and Karen Pigman College of Engineering, which the UK Board of Trustees approved.

About Us

UK Philanthropy is the fundraising arm of the University of Kentucky. Charged with furthering the university’s mission and vision, the philanthropy staff works with faculty, students, programs, colleges and administration to identify the university’s top priorities. Then, it connects the university to the people, corporations and foundations who can make their dreams a reality. Click here to learn more.