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August 15, 2004
Contact: Diane Silver, KU Endowment, (785) 832-7363 or Sara Corless, Douglas County Community Foundation, (785) 843-8727

Simons Family gives $8.5M for KU, Douglas County Community Foundation

LAWRENCE -- Dolph C. Simons Jr., chairman of The World Company in Lawrence, and his family have contributed $8.5 million for the University of Kansas and the Douglas County Community Foundation, Kansas University Endowment Association President Dale Seuferling announced today.

The Simons family gave the gift to the KU Endowment Charitable Gift Fund, a non-profit entity established by KU Endowment to make it possible for donors to simultaneously make a gift for KU and other qualified charities. The gift will support Simons family funds at KU Endowment and the Douglas County Community Foundation, ultimately benefiting projects and programs at KU and in Douglas County. The gift will provide $2.125 million for KU and $2.125 million to the Douglas County Community Foundation. The rest of the gift will be distributed in the future according to the wishes of the Simons family.

" We are grateful for the farsightedness and generosity of Dolph Simons and his family in utilizing the KU Endowment Charitable Gift Fund for their philanthropic plans to benefit not only KU, but also KU's home community of Douglas County," Seuferling said. "The significance of this charitable act is yet another tangible example of a long and proud history of the relationship between the Simons Family and KU Endowment."

KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway and DCCF chair Michael J. Davis also commended the Simons family for their support. "This gift demonstrates the Simons family's steadfast devotion to Lawrence and the University of Kansas," Hemenway said. "In that spirit, this is a gift that will have a lasting and positive impact on the lives of Douglas County citizens and the KU community."

The Simons family has been in the newspaper business in Lawrence since 1891. The family's media company, the World Company, owns the Lawrence Journal-World, Sunflower Broadband and several area weekly newspapers. Dolph C. Simons Jr., journalism '51, is a trustee emeritus of the KU Endowment Board of Trustees. He served as chairman of the board from 1994-2002 and was a member of the board's executive committee from 1985 until 2004. He and his wife Pam have four children: Pam A. Simons, speech and drama '76, of Fort Collins, Colo.; Linda Simons deMenocal, education '79, of Bedford, N.Y.; Dan Simons, radio-television-film '85, Lawrence; and Dolph Simons III, who attended KU in the 1980s and resides in Lawrence.

The Charitable Gift Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit fund-raising and fund-management corporation established in 2003 for the benefit of the University of Kansas and qualified charities. It is a wholly-owned supporting organization of KU Endowment, the official fund-raising and fund-management organization for the University of Kansas. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment is the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university and one of the largest.

The Douglas County Community Foundation connects the diverse citizens and communities of Douglas County through charitable action. The foundation has distributed more than $1 million in grants to educational, cultural and human services organizations and projects that enhance the quality of life of area residents. To learn more about the Douglas County Community Foundation, please visit


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