How to make a difference

The cost of the KARL Program is approximately $600,000 per class, or $20,000 per class member. Participants only provide $2,000 each of the two years as tuition —$120,000 total toward program costs—plus some incidental expenses. Foundation, organization, corporate and individual contributions are utilized to provide the remaining $480,000 to cover costs for training the KARL class. No tax derived funding is asked for or utilized for the program.

Your financial support helps further the educational programs of KARL, Inc. By joining hundreds of others investing in the future of Kansas, you’ll be helping to ensure a strong, positive future for Kansas agriculture and rural communities. Since the office opened in 1990, KARL has helped more than 330 Kansans from 99 Kansas counties improve their leadership skills.

There are a variety of ways to invest in KARL and whatever you choose, your support will further the success of the KARL program:

    • Donate through an already existing endowment fund or create your own
    • Contribute annually to the general fund
    • Underwrite one of the functions during a seminar in your area
    • Participate in auctions and other fundraising activities
    • Make a charitable bequest to KARL in your will
    • In-kind contributions
    • Commodity contributions – donate proceeds from a truck of corn, etc…




Lee Borck, Chairman of Innovative Livestock Services of Great Bend / Manhattan, Kansas, discusses the importance of recruiting KARL Program candidates and financially supporting the 501c3 not for profit educational corporation, KARL Inc.


Since its inception, over $4.4 million has been raised and spent on the KARL program from more than 800 entities including individuals, farm and civic organizations, businesses, foundations and corporations. Thanks to their generosity and willingness to invest in the future of Kansas, more than 330 individuals have been able to participate in the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program.

Class XI Donors
Donors’ generosity has been critically important in developing the successful Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program (KARL). In recognition of these special individuals, KARL Inc initiated the KARL LEGACY BENEFACTORS Recognition Program to honor and memorialize the commitment of estate donors. To date eleven benefactors have contributed $213,500 to the KARL Foundation. KARL LEGACY BENEFACTORS are support network members, friends and KARL family members that are willing to share their legacy for the training of future leaders in Kansas. KARL LEGACY BENEFACTORS also encourage others to follow in their footsteps…Others that share their belief in the importance of strong leadership within the agricultural industry and rural communities of Kansas.

Donors maintain complete control over the degree of information shared with KARL Inc regarding their specific plans. Please contact us to learn more, or schedule a visit with our staff.

“Professionally, I often counsel donors about how to decide which charitable organizations to support–typically through a bequest in their will. When Frank I decided to support KARL through a bequest we simply ask ourselves ‘what organizations have had a positive impact on our lives, our children’s lives and on our local and statewide community?’ KARL was near the top of our short list.’ Imagine the impact if every KARL graduate made even a modest bequest to support the KARL Program. As graduates, we have the power to ensure that this program continues and thrives in perpetuity. It has never been more true that ‘together we can accomplish great things!.”
Sandi Fruit- KARL Class IV

    • Finnup Foundation Trust – Garden City
    • Raymond & Sarah O’Hara Estate
    • The Family of Andy Clawson
    • The Ted & Florence Metcalf Endowment Fund
    • Family & Friends of Sally Peterson
    • Phil Gjerstad Memorial Endowment
    • The Barry L. Flinchbaugh Endowment Fund
    • 21st Century Alliance Endowment Fund
    • The Lee & Carolyn Musil Endowment Fund
Fellowship Underwriter – $15,000 and above
    • CHS – Inver Grove Heights, MN
    • Kennedy and Coe – Salina
Full Leader Sponsors – $10,000 and above
    • Archer Daniels Midland Co – Decatur, IL
    • Innovation Center at KSU – Manhattan
    • Farm Credit System Foundation, Inc. – Washington DC
    • Kansas Bank Corporation – Johnson
    • Lee Musil – Burdett
Founders – $5,000 and above
    • Finnup Foundation Trust – Garden City
    • Allan & Carolyn Harms – Derby
    • High Plains Journal – Dodge City
    • Kansas Bank Association, Ag Bankers Division – Topeka
    • Kansas Corn Commission – Garnett
    • Kansas Livestock Association – Topeka
Patrons – $2,500 and above
    • Agri Beef/Supreme Cattle Feeders – Kismet
    • Leon Atwell – Beloit
    • Community National Bank – Edna
    • Vance & Louise Ehmke – Healy
    • Farm Credit Associations of Kansas
    • American Ag Credit – Wichita
    • Frontier Farm Credit – Manhattan
    • Farm Credit of SW Kansas – Garden City
    • Farm Credit of Western Kansas – Colby
    • Farm Credit of Ness City – Ness City
    • High Plains Farm Credit – Hays
    • Larry & Jean Hixson – WaKeeney
    • Horizon Milling/Cargill – Topeka
    • Irsik Equities, LP – Ingalls
    • Kansas Bank Cooperation
    • Kansas Electric Cooperatives
    • Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. – Girard
    • Kaw Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc. – Topeka
    • Lane-Scott Electric Cooperative, Inc. – Dighton
    • Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc. – Ulysses
    • Butler REC – El Dorado
    • Kansas Farm Bureau
    • Barton County Farm Bureau Assn. – Great Bend
    • Cowley County Farm Bureau Assn. – Winfield
    • Crawford Co. Farm Bureau Assn. – Girard
    • Lane County Farm Bureau Assn. – Dighton
    • Montgomery County Farm Bureau Assn. – Independence
    • Nemaha Co. Farm Bureau Assn. – Seneca
    • Pottawatomie Co. Farm Bureau Assn. – Wamego
    • Ottawa Co. Farm Bureau Assn. – Minneapolis
    • Pratt County Farm Bureau Assn. – Pratt
    • Sedgwick Co. Farm Bureau Assn. – Wichita
    • Shawnee Co. Farm Bureau – Topeka
    • Stafford Co. Farm Bureau Assn. – St. John
    • Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation – Manhattan
    • Kansas Wheat Commission – Manhattan
    • Ted and Florence Metcalf – Liberal
    • Monsanto – St. Louis, MO
    • Nelson Farms, Inc. – Long Island
    • Sink, Gilmore & Gordon – Manhattan
    • Spirit Aerosystems – Wichita
    • U.S. Premium Beef – Kansas City, MO