Ways to Give
Any gift to Kent State Athletics earns you a place in The Golden Flashes Club. A gift of $75 or more makes you a “member” and eligible to receive benefits.
The annual cash gifts we receive from thousands of supporters each year allows us to directly support student-athlete scholarship expenses and summer school tuition. Donors who make annual gifts may also designate their gift go the sport of their choice for needed expenses. A gift of any size is beneficial. A gift of $75 or more makes you a “member” and eligible to receive benefits.
With a goal of doubling our annual giving income, we plan to assist coaches by providing them with supplements to their budget for special expenses they deem important to help improve their programs.
New Graduate Student-Athletes
To keep former student-athletes involved and active with Kent State Athletics, we offer a membership level exclusively for Golden Flash alums. For the first two years after graduation, membership in The Golden Flashes Club can be obtained through a discounted gift of $50 per year. Recent grads have the opportunity to support their alma mater and maintain a connection to the department. By taking advantage of this membership after graduation, we hope former student-athletes will become acclimated to philanthropy, while providing future student-athletes with the same support and financial backing they received while at Kent State.
Maintaining a top Division I athletics program requires sustained resources that can be relied upon in perpetuity. Like most other institutions across the country, the cost of athletic scholarships at Kent State continues to increase. Athletic scholarships account for nearly 27 percent of the athletic department budget.
Scholarship endowments provide money through interest income. Our goal is to eventually endow all student-athlete scholarships at Kent State University. A gift of $25,000 or more, paid over a term of five years, is required to establish a new endowment. Endowed scholarships can be named in honor of the donor or a donor-designated honoree.
Individuals may also give a gift in support of an endowment that has already been established by another donor.Click for further Endowment information.
Through planned giving, Kent State looks with confidence to a future where it can ensure a quality experience for future generations of student-athletes.
Planned giving, sometimes called Leave a Legacy, has a deep history with Kent State Athletics because the future gifts have a far reaching and positive effect on the athletics program as well as the donor. Planned giving allows you to combine your personal philanthropic and financial plans. Our professional staff is skilled at assisting donors with the set up of a variety of gifting options to complement the more traditional forms of charitable giving. The tax advantages resulting from planned gifts often enable you to support Kent State, while providing for your own future needs and those of loved ones.
Individual sports at Kent State often have very specialized needs related to facilities and equipment. Private gifts play a major role in acquiring key resources necessary for team and individual success. Fundraising initiatives for these specific needs are considered special projects. In some instances, fundraising programs for special projects might provide specific forms of donor recognition. To learn about current Special Projects in need of support, click here.
Other Giving Opportunities
Other giving opportunities include scholarships, real estate, planned giving, life insurance policies, stocks or securities. Our trained staff can help you determine what type of gift is right for you.
To download the full 2011-12 Athletic Annual Fund brochure, which provides details on the ways to give and membership benefits, please click here.