Kent State’s Danielle Hupp Honored With “30 for the Future” Award

Danielle Hupp, Kent State University’s assistant director of annual giving, was honored as one of the recipients of the “30 for the Future” award by the Greater Akron Chamber.

Photo of Danielle HuppHupp, a resident of Akron, Ohio, has been with Kent State since April 2013 and raises funds from Kent State faculty and staff. Hupp’s fundraising provides opportunities for employees to have a lasting impact at the university and to support the research, scholarship or academic program that means the most to them.  

“My job is to help foster a culture of philanthropy at Kent State University,” Hupp said.

Iris E. Harvey, Kent State’s vice president for university relations, presented Hupp with the award during the Sept. 11 ceremony. The “30 for the Future” program recognizes 30 young professionals, ages 25-39 living or working in the Greater Akron region, whose contributions affect his or her industries in a positive way based on community service, team building and dynamic leadership.  

Hupp was nominated for the award by members of the Greater Akron Chamber, mentors and people she has worked with in the past.  

“I felt excited, honored and humbled all at once by this award,” Hupp said. “The 29 other honorees this year are all amazing people, and I was proud to be recognized as a part of this group of well-deserving young professionals.” 

Hupp received her bachelor’s degree in public relations and Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from Kent State. She currently serves as president-elect of the Association of Fundraising Professionals North Central Ohio Chapter. Before joining Kent State, Hupp was the communications coordinator for the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, director of communications and events for Habitat for Humanity, and resource development manager for University Park Alliance.  

Hupp has been actively involved in many nonprofit organizations during her professional career, including the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Victims Assistance Program, Ronald McDonald House of Akron, LeBron James Family Foundation and the University of Akron’s Pay It Forward program, to name a few.  

For more information about Hupp receiving this award, a video interview is available at

For more information about Kent State’s Division of Institutional Advancement and its Annual Giving Program, visit

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POSTED: Thursday, October 2, 2014 12:52 PM
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