Senior Biz Major shows Philanthropic Spirit!

Katie Kimble in her Colorguard uniform, a part of the Kent State University Marching Golden Flashes.

Katie Kimble (Business, ’17) modeling her Kent State Marching Golden Flashes Colorguard uniform.

Senior Katie Kimble (Business, ’17) loves to give back.

We met Katie a few weeks ago when she visited FLASHanthropy’s Giving Tuesday table in the Kent Student Center. Katie  contributed to the Pay It Flash Forward Scholarship, which supports Kent State students.

Kent State isn’t the only cause that benefits from Katie’s generous spirit! Katie was profiled in a recent article that appeared in the Record-Courier, our local newspaper, for her work on behalf of Kent Social Services (KSS), a local agency that provides nutritious hot meals and food pantry assistance to families in Portage County. KSS also helps local families celebrate the holidays by distributing Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets.

Katie says that Giving Tuesday is her favorite holiday. This year, she celebrated it by contributing 115 different gifts to KSS, including stuffed animals, puzzles, and games — all of which she purchased herself.

Katie is a great example for all of us. Giving back makes you feel good about yourself. And more importantly, it makes a huge positive impact on the lives of others. (Learn more about Katie’s personal journey here — you’ll agree, any way you look at it, Katie’s a pretty impressive person!)

Way to go, Katie! Your personal commitment to helping others inspires all of us to be more philanthropic, and your courageous story inspires all of us to try harder! We’re proud to call you a fellow Golden Flash — and happy to know that you’re a FLASHanthropist at heart!


Do As Patagonia Does

Patagonia, Inc. is an American clothing company founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973 that sells and showcases mainly sustainable outdoor clothing.

Patagonia is an American clothing company that was founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973 to sell and showcase mainly sustainable outdoor clothing.

Like many retailers, Patagonia participated in “Black Friday.” Patagonia’s ‘Black Friday” sales exceeded the company’s expectations by five times, and generated $10 million dollars! Unlike other retailers, though — Patagonia is donating 100% of its Black Friday revenue to hundreds of grassroots environmental organizations! Talk about paying it forward!!

Given how focused we as our group are on raising support for Kent State students and program, we love to hear stories like this! Even more, we love to see companies like Patagonia leading the charge for making positive change in our world. When an industry-leader like Patagonia sets an example like this, it raises the bar for other companies to step up and become better global citizens.

Here’s to hoping we see more stories like this during the season of giving!


Giving Tuesday — Drum roll, please!

We were extremely pleased with some of our entries yesterday for Giving Tuesday!

Two of the many terrific terrific posts by students to spread the message of Giving Tuesday yesterday!

The results are in!

Giving Tuesday 2016 Grand Total:  $426,000 ! ! !

Thank you everyone! Your generosity and support leave absolutely no doubt that #KSUgives and #FlashesGiveBack!

Speaking of #FlashesGiveBack — please join us in congratulating Krista Mattern, who takes home a Google Chromecast for her “Best Post of the Day”! Nice job, Krista!

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to stop by and share their Giving Tuesday experience — because #undeniablyKSU! Click on the hashtags and see for yourself!

And thank you to everyone who followed us on social media! Olivia Eastly and Kierra Staton won some pretty cool Pay It Flash Forward t-shirts — thanks for following, guys! Hope to see you soon on campus!


A Record-Breaking Giving Tuesday for Kent State!


Students pose with Flash at the FLASHanthropy table in the Kent Student Center on Giving Tuesday.

Students pose with Flash at the FLASHanthropy table in the Kent Student Center on Giving Tuesday.

Yesterday was Giving Tuesday, and FLASHanthropy was there, rallying around Kent State and encouraging students to join in the global Giving Tuesday movement!

Throughout the day, we spoke with students about opportunities they have to put their money where their heart is and give back to their alma mater by supporting the Kent State school, college, department or program that means the most to them.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table yesterday in the Student Center to talk to us about what FLASHanthropy does — and a special thank you for those of you who went the extra mile to make a generous gift to support Kent State and its students! Thank you for being #undeniablyKSU!

Check back soon for the final Giving Tuesday results — and see who won our Giving Tuesday raffle for “Best Giving Tuesday Post”!


Today is Giving Tuesday!


Tuesday, November 29th, is Giving Tuesday.

All over the world, people are giving back.

Help us celebrate Giving Tuesday at Kent State! Stop by the FLASHanthropy table in the Kent Student Center from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Show Kent State how #FlashesGiveBack!

Get a photo with everyone’s favorite mascot, show your Kent State pride at our photo booth — and pick up some FLASHanthropy gear!

Spread the word — post your message, use the #GivingTuesday and #FlashesGiveBack hashtags online — we’ll pick our favorite post and give away something cool! 

Hope to see you at the Student Center!