Faculty and Staff Annual Fund

Why employees donate

Ralphelle Smith – Student Scholarship Awardee

Dear Colleagues:

Thank you! We can think of no better way to kick off the 2017 Faculty and Staff Annual Fund but to say thank you.  Our goal for this year’s campaign is to refuel for fall. We are hoping to refuel the spirit of giving, refuel our passion for Stark State’s mission and refuel our scholarship funds for the benefit of our students.

The Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax deductible organization that supports our students and College through scholarships, projects, faculty and staff professional development and other initiatives. Financial support from faculty and staff was integral in the creation of this Foundation more than 30 years ago and remains just as critical today in maintaining our ability to help students achieve their educational goals. Many external donors like to support organizations that are supported by their own employees, so we appreciate your help in setting the stage for positive external support through your contributions.

Please join us in supporting this year’s Faculty and Staff Annual Fund and in thanking our Leadership Team as we strive to increase our employee participation. Again we say thank you, THANK YOU for your support!


Dr. Para M. Jones
President, Stark State College

Marisa Rohn
Executive Director, Stark State College Foundation

The 2017 Faculty and Staff Annual Fund campaign begins on August 21 and ends October 13, 2017.

The Faculty and Staff Annual Fund is an important part of who we are here at Stark State College.  Everyone works directly or indirectly for the students. There are students in our classrooms, online, and on campus who benefit from your Foundation donation for scholarships. This is your opportunity to make a financial investment in our students especially when 100% of your donation is applied to the fund you have indicated. 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. Help us “Refuel for Fall” and submit your participation form today or make an online donation.

The goal is to reach 63% participation! Last year we achieved 62% employee participation and raised over $51,000- 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 fuel for scholarships.

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 63% participation. Help us “Refuel for Fall” by donating today.

Over the past 22 years, the Stark State College Foundation has given over $3 million in scholarship funds to over 9,500 students. During the 2016-17 academic year, the Foundation raised over $1,083,351 for student scholarships, college projects, programs and instructional needs.

An endowed scholarship is a permanent charitable scholarship 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 or less will establish an endowed scholarship in your name or a loved one’s name.  Your $39 payroll deduction each pay for five years would achieve the $5,000 endowment donation. 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 13, 2017.
  4. The Payroll Deduction year begins January 5, 2018, 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.