Impact of Giving

Helping Students Open Their Minds and Shape the World


At Kent State University, we open minds, forge new paths and transform the world around us. We do this not alone, but through the purposeful generosity of others. 


Gifts to Kent State University help students expand their horizons and become more than they ever imagined. These gifts help our students grow from being students of life into persons of global impact after graduation.


Donors choose exactly where they want their contributions to go. Gifts can enhance buildings, support programs or impact research outcomes. Where donations normally have the biggest impact, however, is on the lives of students and their families.


Each and every gift to Kent State has an impact, no matter the size. With more than 1,100 donor-funded scholarships awarded each year, every donation changes lives. A recent scholarship recipient who moved in with her grandparents after her parents passed away, expressed this impact on her life: "This scholarship has taken so much stress off my grandparents and me. I will strive to represent my donor everyday by being the best student I can be."


And while giving has a tremendous impact on recipients, it has an equally profound impact on donors themselves. As one Kent State supporter said, “If an opportunity arises to make a donation, seize the moment. Be generous, as the joy it brings to others and to you is well worth the investment.”


Together, we help our students open their minds and shape the world. Together, we are a force for the future. Together, we ensure the global impact of Golden Flashes is immeasurable.


Read the stories below to learn about the positive impact that giving has on Kent State, our students and our generous donors.



J.R. Campbell, executive director of Kent State University’s Design Innovation Initiative, tries on a face shield produced by the Kent State team.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 9:39am
Members of Kent State University’s Design Innovation Initiative are forging creative collaborations with local and regional organizations and funders as they work toward the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of Kent State University's Undergraduate Student Government Painted "Flashes Take Care of Flashes" on the rock on front campus
Friday, June 5, 2020 - 1:31pm
The Kent State Emergency Grant Fund is helping students meet financial challenges.
Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 1:40pm
Bob's 40 year philanthropic support of Kent State began in 1976 with a $15 gift, culminating in his recent $1 million commitment to the new College of Business Administration building to name The Robert M. and Janet L. Archer/Kent Watersports Trading Lab.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 1:25pm
"I am creating this scholarship to continue the legacy of my father’s diligent work helping empower those facing hardship with disabilities.”
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 1:20pm
“It always felt that Kent State and the English Department faculty ‘gave me my shoes,’ and so I feel strongly about giving back to help future generations succeed.”
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 1:13pm
“The success I have had has been a result of my classes in Sociology and Psychology at Kent State."
John Brinzo
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 12:34pm
John's latest commitment will support the new COBA building for the creation of the new Brinzo Entrepreneurship Laboratory. “This new building will provide a legacy for the future and create a learning environment with space to learn, grow and share educational experiences.”
Members of Kent State University’s Undergraduate Student Government painted “Flashes Take Care of Flashes” on the Rock on Front Campus. (Photo credit: Lauren Novick, Tierra Moore and Kaelee Dingey)
Monday, March 30, 2020 - 3:52pm
Kent State University announced the creation of the Kent State Emergency Grant Fund that will help students who are unexpectedly finding themselves in financial need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
US Capital Building
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 10:46am
In December, Congress made sweeping changes to the U.S. retirement landscape. The SECURE Act, or “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement,” will affect nearly everyone. Here are two major changes.
Dr. Tim Feltes, ’77
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 10:31am
“When you’re given an opportunity like I was given, with the support I received, I think it’s important to pay that back. Someone took the time to help me through my education and it’s only fair for me to do the same..."