Impact of Giving | Division of Institutional Advancement | Kent State University

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 and 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.

 

 

The new 17,800-square-foot building at the Kent State University Airport will be named the FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center. Construction is currently underway in anticipation of a fall 2019 opening.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:17pm
FedEx Corp. has pledged $5 million, in addition to $1.5 million already given, in support of an aeronautics academic center that will be located at the Kent State University Airport. The new 17,800-square-foot building will be named the FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center.
John and Fonda Elliot
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 8:17am
At a ceremony held April 11, 2019, nearly 50 years after his own graduation, John Elliot, ’70, and his wife, Fonda, were present as the architecture and environmental design building at Kent State University was officially named “The John Elliot Center for Architecture and Enviro...
The 2018 Giving Tuesday campaign is a monthlong event, providing an expanded timeframe for giving, additional giving options and more occasions to have gifts matched.
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 2:11pm
Kent State University’s Giving Tuesday 2018 broke the million-dollar mark for the second year in a row.
The John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 2:54pm
John and Fonda Elliot have become the largest donors in Kent State University’s history, providing the largest total outright gift of $10 million as well as a $2 million planned gift, benefiting the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.
Jennifer Jones
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 1:14pm
Kent State University professor of art, Jennifer Jones, hopes to engage and inspire a community and Kent State students though planned murals within The Summit County Department of Job and Family Services building in Akron.
Chris Coles
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 11:17am
Art has the power to change the world. Kent State University faculty member Chris Coles aspires to use the arts to make a powerful impact on social injustice and violence in our communities.
Roe Green May 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018 - 3:30pm
“With the support of the Roe Green Foundation, the university will continue to serve Roe’s vision and honor her legacy with creative excellence,” said John Crawford-Spinelli, dean of the College of the Arts at Kent State.
Pifer Swing Dedication
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 3:39pm
Thanks to the benevolence of others, friends and family can now have a seat on a swing beside Rockwell Hall, and quietly reflect on fallen Kent State fashion major, Taylor Pifer, who had a tremendous impact on their lives.
2018 Kent State Alumni Day of Service at the Akron Zoo
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 4:10pm
More Golden Flashes than ever before participated in Kent State's 10th annual Alumni Day of Service, making a tremendous difference in their communities across the country.
George R. Newkome, Ph.D., a two-time Kent State University alumnus, smiles with Kent State President Beverly J. Warren.
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 3:29pm
“George and Mary Jane both have a passion and desire to advance scientific discovery,” said Kent State President Beverly J. Warren. “We are so pleased they recognize and appreciate Kent State’s upward trajectory ... and have chosen to support the recruitment and retention of tale...

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