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.

2021 Giving Tuesday results graphic
Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 9:07am
This year, Kent State University donors demonstrated the power of philanthropy by giving at unprecedented levels. The 2021 Giving Tuesday campaign shattered the previous records, more than tripling last year’s record of $2.2 million.
Kent State University’s Glauser School of Music received a significant planned gift during the 2021 Giving Tuesday campaign to support students in pursuing piano performance, orchestra, opera and education-abroad opportunities.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 9:10am
Kent State University’s season of giving launched on Nov. 1 with Giving Tuesday, a monthlong celebration of philanthropy. Now halfway through the campaign, the generosity of the Kent State community has already begun to shine. 
Guests tour the new lab spaces for Kent State University’s Brain Health Research Institute that are located on the lower level of the Integrated Sciences Building on the Kent Campus.
Monday, November 15, 2021 - 4:21pm
Kent State University’s Brain Health Research Institute celebrated the grand opening of its new lab spaces on Friday, Nov. 5, with an afternoon of activities that included a keynote presentation, space dedication, tours and student research demonstrations. The new space, featurin...
KSU Student at Commencement
Monday, November 1, 2021 - 12:09pm
Kent State University, which has gained national recognition for its creative and successful Giving Tuesday campaigns, launched its monthlong celebration of philanthropy on Nov. 1. Giving Tuesday, now in its eighth year at Kent State, has raised nearly $7 million during that time...
Pictured are (left to right) Ambassador Edward F. Crawford; Deborah Spake, dean of Kent State University’s Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship; Mary Crawford, Ambassador Crawford’s wife; and Kent State President Todd Diacon.
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 11:43am
The largest single gift in Kent State University history, by Ambassador Edward F. Crawford, will complete the capital campaign to enable the construction of a new College of Business Administration building on the university’s Kent Campus. 
A new Kent State University graduate smiles during his commencement ceremony.
Monday, October 4, 2021 - 12:18pm
Kent State University publicly launched a $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign Saturday, Oct. 2. During a special halftime announcement at the Homecoming football game, campaign co-chairs Sandra C. and Lawrence R. Armstrong joined Kent State President Todd Diacon to pu...
A $1.5 million gift from The Timken Foundation of Canton has allowed Kent State University to advance the groundbreaking timeline for the expansion of the Aeronautics and Engineering Building.
Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 1:43pm
A $1.5 million gift from The Timken Foundation of Canton has allowed Kent State University to advance the groundbreaking timeline for the expansion of the Aeronautics and Engineering Building.
Monday, September 27, 2021 - 4:05pm
Monday, September 27, 2021 - 3:47pm
Joyce A. Baugh, M.A. ’83, Ph.D. ’89 and husband, Roger Hatch, Ph.D., were grateful to discover a way they could honor former Kent State professors while helping ensure students have access to a Kent State education, regardless of their financial situation. Joyce’s path to Kent St...
Kent State University students walk from the College of Podiatric Medicine located in Independence, Ohio.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 2:30pm
The Podiatry Foundation, located in Independence, Ohio, is laying the groundwork to help secure the financial and academic future of Ohio’s only podiatry college – Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine.