Giving to Life Span Institute

Giving to Life Span Institute

Gifts support our research in areas such as early childhood health and development

Give and Become a Friend of the Life Span Institute

The KU Life Span Institute brings together researchers at the intersections of education, behavioral science and neuroscience to study problems that directly affect the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Kansas, as well as across the nation and world. The Friends of the Life Span Institute was founded in 2004 to further our collective impact on challenges in human and community development, disabilities, neuroscience, addiction and more. Friends receive research news and learn about upcoming events at the Institute. They are also invited to our annual spring celebration to meet students, faculty and staff involved in our research. You can give online today to support the Life Span Institute. 

As a member, you help us:
•    contribute to innovative research in human development, healthy communities, education, and disabilities 
•    search for solutions to reduce violence among youth in Wyandotte County
•    develop self-determination resources for people with disabilities
•    seek to understand the development of autism spectrum disorder
•    show us how schools can support all students to their potential in the classroom 
•    test and adapt technology to improve quality of life for individuals with disabilities

We invite you to join our mission to discover solutions for human health and development by making a gift to support our research. Gifts of any size provide vital assistance to our laboratories, graduate students, research programs and community outreach.  

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 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 Dale Slusser at KU Endowment Association: 785-832-7458,