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Support Our Mission

Our work likely touches some part of your life, whether you have a family member with an intellectual disability, you participate in a child's education and development, or you believe that every child deserves a safe and healthy childhood. We urge you to join us as we address complex challenges in disability, equity, language, child development, community health, education, and more. Your gift can leverage the collective energy and ideas of the staff and investigators pursuing research in these areas or providing Kansas families and professionals with direct services and training. We invite you to join our mission to promote children’s social well-being and academic achievement by improving the quality of their care and education. Give today in support of Juniper Gardens Children’s Project.

Schiefelbusch Circle

Gifts of $1000 or more qualify for membership in the Schiefelbusch Circle. Named in honor of Dick Schiefelbusch, who founded the entity that eventually became today’s Life Span Institute, the name commemorates the kind of dedication that Dick showed to quality research that improves people’s lives – and it reflects your support of that work.

Schiefelbusch Circle members help us reward outstanding graduate students who are developing their own research programs and foster the research programs of our faculty. To date, we have presented awards to 27 graduate students and 15 investigators.

Contact us

For questions about giving annually or monthly to support the Life Span Institute, please contact Jen Humphrey, Associate Director for External Affairs, at or 785-864-6621.

For information on estate planning and gifts with a broad impact, please contact Dan Simon at KU Endowment Association: 785-832-7378,