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.

 

 

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...
Bill and Trudy Ausfahl, Brooke Clucas and Kyle Anderson
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 2:30pm
EHHS scholarships benefitting science and math students, endowed by Bill and Trudy Ausfahl, will financially support students’ ability to attend Kent State in perpetuity. But their support is also having a lasting impact on the scholarship recipients’ future purpose as well.
Kent State wrestler, Lane Hinkle, competing on the mat for the Flashes
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 10:35am
“I am so grateful and appreciative of my scholarship ... I wish I could thank Mr. Santone in person, to tell him how much it means to me.” - Kent State student, Lane Hinkle
Deborah and Bill Asbury
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 10:23am
"Anyone who graduated from Kent State has the opportunity to think back on their lives while they were involved, and to decide whether it was important to them. Kent State made a commitment to me long before I decided to support others at the university.” -  Bill Asbury, '64
Davina Gosnell, center
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 10:20am
“Those of us who have benefited from scholarships in our lives have the responsibility to pay it forward ... And you don’t have to be rich or famous to make a difference.” - Davina Gosnell
Kent State University President Emerita Carol Cartwright, Ph.D., and her husband, G. Phillip Cartwright, Ph.D., accept an award at the Founders Gala held in November 2017 in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10:33am
“Our hearts are here in Kent,” President Emerita Cartwright said. “We value both the Kent State family and the larger community. We were driven by the opportunity to make a true and lasting difference in students’ lives and are pleased that we can see the value of our investment...
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Friday, December 1, 2017 - 10:04am
"We are humbled and deeply grateful that our Kent State supporters helped us raise more than $1 million to further the university’s mission to provide the most impactful educational experience for all of our students." - Stephen Sokany, vice president for institutional advancemen...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 11:35am
A longer timeframe, expanded giving options, donation boosts and donation matches make Kent State's 2017 Giving Tuesday celebration the greatest opportunity ever for people to make an impact on the lives of students and Kent State University.

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