Support the Pay It Flash Forward Scholarship on Giving Tuesday
Former and Current FLASHanthropy Executives Lead Giving Tuesday Effort by Example
Current and former FLASHanthropy executives have chosen to team up and “come back and give back” during Kent State University’s 2018 Giving Tuesday campaign.
Throughout the month of November through Giving Tuesday (November 27), all gifts to the Pay It Flash Forward Scholarship will be matched up to $1,200 by the alumni and staff featured below.
FLASHanthropy was formerly known as “The Campaign for Change” and began in 2008. Re-branded “FLASHanthropy” in 2013, the alumni and staff featured below helped establish, rebrand and continue the student tradition of philanthropy in the Kent State community. Their message for current students this Giving Tuesday is that “Paying it 'Flash' Forward” has no end date!
If you are interested in supporting the Pay It Flash Forward scholarship during Giving Tuesday, you can make your gift here!
Paul Krouse – Paul joined Kent State University as the PhoneCenter manager in September 2011, and transitioned into the FLASHanthropy adviser role in December 2015.
Paul currently serves as Kent State’s associate director of Annual Giving and Advancement Communications. Today, he helps advise FLASHanthropy, assists with day-to-day operations of the Kent State PhoneCenter, creates appeals geared toward young alumni, and assists Athletics, EHHS and the College of Podiatric Medicine with alumni and donor communications. Paul’s continued desire to give back stems from those many things, including those who have made the largest impacts on FLASHanthropy and those joining him in “coming back and giving back.”
Andrew Cappuzzello, B.S.E. ’15, M.Ed. ’17 – Andrew began his fundraising career with a part-time college position with the Kent State PhoneCenter, talking to alumni. Today, he is a development officer at Hiram College, where he has raised more than $500,000 in cash gifts and $3 million in planned gifts.
Through working at the Kent State PhoneCenter, Andrew met Paul Krouse, the PhoneCenter manager at the time. Andrew honed his fundraising skills, raising $150,000 from alumni during his time of employment and eventually teaching other students how to fundraise for Kent State. This success with alumni and fundraising led to an easy transition when he decided to join FLASHanthropy. He worked with Taylor Police, who was the advisor at the time, to help lead and plan the largest fundraising effort in student philanthropy history at Kent State.
One of the biggest rewards Andrew has received for helping so many others is that he met his wife, Angie, through FLASHanthropy. Andrew continues to remain close to everyone he worked with at Kent State and cares deeply for what students are continuing to do for his alma mater by spreading awareness of philanthropy.
Angela Cappuzzello, B.S. ’16, M.Ed. ‘18 – Angie has spent the past six years amassing psychology degrees from Kent State. Currently, she is enrolled in the School of Psychology Doctoral program, with an expected graduation date of 2022.
Angie joined FLASHanthropy as a freshman in January 2014. For three years, she served in many of the executive roles of the organization, including president. During her time in the organization, the Pay It Flash Forward Scholarship Endowment grew from $76,000 to $110,000.
Angie was heavily involved in the first “Thank-A-Giver” day at Kent State, which included thanking donors and educating students about philanthropic support to the university. During her senior year, she was awarded the Student Leader of the Year award by Kent State’s Center for Student Involvement for her contributions to the organization and campus.
During her time with FLASHanthropy and since her departure, Angie continues to ask what the students are doing to make Kent State a better place. This is one of many reasons she is matching gifts towards the Pay It Flash Forward Scholarship for Giving Tuesday 2018.
Taylor Police M.Ed. ‘ 13 – Taylor joined Kent State in 2011 to pursue his Masters’ degree. He began as a graduate assistant but was then hired as Kent State’s assistant director of Annual Giving. In that role, he focused on helping the student philanthropy group as well as direct mail, web, phone and personal solicitations. Taylor’s contributions to FLASHanthropy were a huge part of where the organization is today and why it is successful.
During his time with Kent State, Taylor rebranded, revaluated and reorganized FLASHanthropy, and also organized the first “Thank-A-Giver” day at Kent State.
Since leaving Kent State, Taylor has worked in other fundraising positions for universities in Ohio, and currently serves as the director of development at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Amanda Pokorny, B.S. ’14 – Mandy began working with FLASHanthropy long before the rest of this group, back when it was called, “The Campaign for Change.” She worked with a very small group of students and an adviser that could give full attention to this student philanthropy organization. Mandy was president of the organization for three years and invested a tremendous amount of time and hard work promoting the organization during campus events. When Taylor was hired in 2014, she worked with him to take the group in a new direction.
Today, Mandy lives in the Cleveland area and works as a math teacher.
Joe Cancelliere, B.S. ’14, B.A. ’14 – During his time at Kent State, Joe spent several years with the organization. Joe’s biggest contribution, however, was coming up with the name FLASHanthropy.
Joe helped Taylor and Mandy throughout the rebuilding and rebranding years while also working part-time in the Kent State PhoneCenter and helping to educate Kent State students about the impact of philanthropy.
Today, Joe lives in Arlington, VA.