Giving Opportunities

We offer a wide variety of ways you can financially support projects and initiatives that are important to our campus, our students and the communities we serve.  For many of our students, the financial support they receive makes their education possible. We look forward to working with you to help you achieve your philanthropic goals and appreciate your consideration of a gift at this time. 
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Opportunities for You to Give
At Kent State Geauga and Regional Academic Center, we strive to put our students first, by coordinating scholarships from generous donors, as well as providing the best learning environment enhanced by the most state of the art equipment and technology. Donors can make gifts to already established funds on our campuses, establish their own scholarship and endowment, give a gift for campus improvements, as well as contribute to construction costs to have naming capabilities for various locations throughout our campus.

Contact our Associate Director of Advancement Molly Smith, '99, by msmit68 [at] kent.edu (email) or phone at 440-834-3761 to assist you in the giving process.

Endowments
When an endowment gift is made to Kent State Geauga and Regional Academic Center, the principal is preserved in perpetuity. Only investment income from the endowment may be used toward the endowment's established purpose. Therefore, endowment funds are never depleted and are preserved for continuous use to maintain and enhance educational excellence at Kent State Geauga and the Regional Academic Center.

The Advancement Department will work with you to design a gift that matches your interests and vision with the needs and mission of the University. Whether your interest in Kent State Geauga and Regional Academic Center is with a specific program, department or is focused on assisting future generations of our students, we will tailor your endowment to assure the greatest possible benefit to all participants.

Endowments may be established through a single gift, a series of gifts over five years or through a bequest or other form of planned gifts. Recognition for endowment donors are arranged appropriately by endowment type and level of support.

Note: Minimum support level for various types of endowments may be established. These support levels are based on expected return on investment and the use of the endowment income.

Gift Pledges
Kent State University Geauga and Regional Academic Center gratefully accepts pledged gifts. These gifts allow donors to make a pledge commitment and set up a payment schedule that best suits their donor wishes or change their donor to the donor’s 

Gifts of Cash (Outright Gifts)
Gifts of cash are the easiest and most direct way to give to Kent State Geauga and Regional Academic Center and may be deductible if you itemize on your federal income tax return. Making a cash contribution helps Kent State Geauga and the Regional Academic Center immediately fulfill its objectives. Gifts may be used to support an existing program or fund or to establish a new endowment or scholarship.

Gifts of Securities
Many donors choose to make their gifts in the form of stocks, bonds, and other properties that have increased in value. Gifts of appreciated securities and closely held stock can be extremely beneficial, both to you and to Kent State Geauga and Regional Academic Center. You may receive an income-tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities, as well as a possible reduction or avoidance of capital gains taxes. Proceeds from the sale of these assets can be directed toward donor-specified programs or given as an unrestricted gift.

Planned Giving
Planned gifts can be made now or deferred to a later time. Some types of planned gifts enable you to support Kent State Geauga and the Regional Academic Center and receive tax benefits up front while allowing you to sustain your current lifestyle by making use of bequests through a will, retirement plan assets, and charitable trusts.

Planned gifts are sometimes referred to as "stop-and-think" gifts because they require some planning and, often, help from your professional advisors. Unlike cash donations, they are typically made from assets in your estate rather than disposable income and come to fruition upon your death. The most common planned gift is a bequest in your will or living trust. Other planned gifts include:

  • A Charitable Gift Annuity
  • A Charitable Remainder Trust
  • An Endowed Fund
  • Retirement Plan Assets
  • Life insurance policies
  • A remainder interest in your home

A misconception is that planned giving is only for the "wealthy." The truth is, even people of modest means can make a difference through planned giving.

Contact for giving

Molly Smith,99
Associate Director of Advancement, Regional Campuses
msmit68 [at] kent.edu ( )
440-834-3761