Faculty and Staff Annual Fund

Why employees donate

Dear Colleagues:

This year, the Stark State College Foundation is celebrating 30 years of “changing lives and building futures.” It is an exciting time for the Foundation, and we hope you will join us in celebrating a milestone anniversary by participating in our 2016 Faculty and Staff Annual Fund.

The Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization that supports our students and College through scholarships, faculty and staff professional development and other initiatives. Faculty and staff donations provided the impetus to start this Foundation 30 years ago, and our donations and support remain critical to our ability to help students achieve their educational goals. Last year, our Foundation provided more than $318,000 in scholarship support to more than 500 students. Your donation is tax-deductible, and our gifts inspire donors throughout the community to support our students.

Ralphelle Smith – Student Scholarship Awardee

Most importantly, our gifts make a difference in the lives of students. Here’s what Automotive Technology major Ralphelle Smith, said at our recent Scholars and Benefactors Luncheon: “Every scholarship dollar I have received has assisted me with my education and career goals. It is nice to know that companies, organizations and individuals care about my education and my success.” Please join us and other colleagues in supporting students like Ralphelle, who need and appreciate the Foundation’s scholarship support.

Thank you for the work you do every day to support our students; we hope you will also support students by giving to the 2016 Faculty and Staff Annual Fund. Special thanks to the 2016 Faculty and Staff Leadership Team volunteers (listed below) for their time, talent and dedication to making this year’s campaign a true celebration of 30 years of changing lives and building futures.


Dr. Para M. Jones
President, Stark State College

Marisa Rohn
Executive Director, Stark State College Foundation

The 2016 Faculty and Staff Annual Fund campaign begins on August 22 and ends October 21, 2016.

The Faculty and Staff Annual Fund is an important part of who we are and what we do.  Everyone works directly or indirectly for the students.  Just think of the number of students in our classrooms and on campus who benefit from the scholarship support provided by the Stark State College Foundation.  This campaign offers all of us the opportunity to make a financial investment in our students. Your participation in our Faculty Staff Annual Fund will not only provide student scholarship assistance, it will provide an advantage in attracting additional external donations which ultimately supports student completion, retention, as well as recruitment. When you participate and make a donation, you will become a “Stark Spark” for our students.

The goal is to reach 73% participation! Last year we achieved 72% employee participation and raised over $67,000- praiseworthy, but together we can increase both our total participation and total donations. For example, if every employee donated $5.00 a pay for the next calendar year, this would equal $130 annually and our internal giving would exceed $100,000 in total annual donations. Every donation creates a spark.

Each person should decide what is right based on individual capability. Whether this is $5.00 a pay or $25.00 a pay, it helps our students and brings us closer to our goal of 73% participation.   This is your invitation to make a difference.  Help us celebrate the Foundation’s 30th Anniversary by donating today.

Over the past 21 years, the Stark State College Foundation has given over $2.6 million in scholarship funds to over 9,000 students.  During fall 2015/ spring 2016 academic year, the Foundation raised over $1,991,453 for student scholarships, college projects, programs and instructional needs.

An endowed scholarship is a permanent charitable scholarship fund that is invested with a long‑term strategy in order to provide income into perpetuity without invading the principal.  A tax-deductible donation of $5,000, payable over five years will establish an endowed scholarship in your name or a loved one’s name.  This computes to $39 per pay for five years. Contact Brenda Griffith at Ext. 4415 for more information.

Many companies will match an employee’s or their spouse’s charitable donation. This is a great way to double your donation.  You will need to check with your company to determine if they have such a program and submit that company’s matching gift form along with your donation to the SSC Foundation office.

  1. Choose to participate in our Faculty and Staff Annual Fund. Your donation is important!
  2. Complete the Faculty and Staff Annual Fund Pledge Form or make your donation online
  3. Return the form to the Advancement Office, room S306 no later than October 21, 2016.
  4. The Payroll Deduction year begins January 6, 2017, deductions are scheduled on a calendar year.
  5. If you have any questions, please ask your team captain, stop by the Advancement Office located in S306, or call the Advancement office at 330-494-6170 Ext. 4643.