Philanthropy Week | Division of Institutional Advancement | Kent State University

Kent State University has a long and rich history of service and philanthropy. It’s such an essential part of our university’s culture and success that beginning this year, we’re dedicating a week to celebrate it, and the people who support us.


Kent State’s inaugural Philanthropy Week begins Monday, April 16 and culminates with Kent State’s 10th annual Alumni Day of Service on Saturday, April 21. Students, employees, alumni, fans and friends are invited to join in, give back and say thanks through any of the week’s planned contests and activities.


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Impact Stories

Students involved with Kent State’s Campus Kitchen Project prepare meals for local community members in need.

Kent State Students’ Education Goes Beyond the Classroom

Education at Kent State University goes beyond books, lectures and classroom walls. At Kent State, we help instill in students a sense of purposeful living; we help our students appreciate the importance of leaving a legacy of excellence, both professionally and personally.

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Senior Bert Crawford’s World Is Bigger, Brighter Thanks to KSU at Stark and Our Donors

Bert Crawford is a former foster child with a difficult past and a future that seemed bleak. But he broke the mold and rose above his challenges thanks to many opportunities, including his own determination, Kent State’s incredible study-abroad options and the generosity of donors.

Lauren Pankiw

Scholarship Recipient and Alumna Lauren Pankiw, '16, Lives A Life of Personal Philanthropy

Lauren Pankiw, '16, is driven by solid, benevolent goals. “I’m going to be a physician assistant, and ... my goal is to work with underserved communities.”

Jerry and Christie Payto

Coming "Home" to Leave A Physical Mark on Kent State University

Gerald (Jerry) Payto’s father taught him an important lesson early on in life. “He used to say, ‘You really don’t receive until you give,’” Jerry said. “That has stuck in my mind my whole life."