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Lois Youngen, '55, was honored for endowing a scholarship in memory of her father during a baseball game at Schoonover Stadium in 2010.
Lois Youngen, '55, was honored for endowing a scholarship in memory of her father during a baseball game at Schoonover Stadium in 2010.

Funding Our Future

When President Lefton took office, he also took on the role of friend- and fund-raiser-in-chief, traveling across the nation whenever possible to make the case for supporting Kent State to countless individuals and groups. Working with various stakeholders, colleges and schools, the university's team of professional fundraisers, assisted by a growing alumni army, saw a new level of activity that shattered records for private giving. The university had its best-ever fundraising effort in fiscal year 2010, securing nearly $40 million in private donations and attracting a 15.9 percent increase in the number of donors investing in Kent State excellence.

In conjunction with the university's Centennial, Kent State launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history. The Centennial Campaign is well on the way to meeting its $250 million goal, having generated more than $235 million in gifts and pledges, including more than $40 million for student scholarships. To date, more than 75,000 individuals, businesses and foundations have joined Kent State's growing culture of philanthropy.