Ways To Give

Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement staff members will gladly help you determine the best method for you to make a gift that transforms the lives of students, enhances academic excellence and innovation, expands breakthrough research, and provides contemporary, high-tech facilities for learning, study and research.

Select the links below to learn more about the most common options for giving to Kent State University:


The easiest way to donate; contributions can be sent via check to the Kent State Foundation office, or you can make a credit card donation online.


The Kent State Foundation accepts appreciated securities, which may offer a larger tax benefit than a cash gift.

Donor Advised Fund

Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is a vehicle that allows donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax deduction and then recommend grants to be distributed from the fund over time.

Real Estate

Gifts of long-term, appreciated real estate usually offer an immediate tax benefit.

Gift Planning

Bequests present a way to leave a legacy after your lifetime. You may also establish a trust or annuity that can provide income to you or a loved one while benefiting the university. Our advisers can help you determine the best options.

Payroll Deduction

Employees of Kent State University can make their contributions through automatic deductions from their paychecks.

Employer Matching Program

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please enter your employer's name below.