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Employee Annual Fund Campaign 2020

Resilience: Moving Forward Together

Dear Colleagues:

As we kick off the 2020 Employee Annual Fund Campaign, we want to start by thanking you for your resilience in helping our students with challenges that seem to have multiplied exponentially. We know our faculty and staff do much to support our students in your daily work at the College. We are amazed and gratified that many of you choose to support our students’ resiliency further by supporting them through your gifts to the Stark State College Foundation. Thank you!

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. The Foundation also raises funds for academic programs, facilities and equipment. Your gift, large or small, really does make a difference. It is our hope that you will consider supporting or continuing to support students through the Stark State College Foundation Employee Annual Fund Campaign this year.

Our past employee participation rate exceeded 70%, demonstrating your desire to help students and encourage their continued resilience. It is because of your efforts and the perseverance of our students that this year’s campaign theme is Resilience: Moving Forward Together.

The Stark State College Foundation was founded more than 30 years ago through the generosity of our own employees. Typically, our Foundation receives more than $1 million annually in support from individuals, corporations and foundations in the communities we serve. As we face a year that is anything but typical due to the pandemic, our employee support is more important than ever for students like Grace. Graduation was in sight for Grace, a full-time SSC student when COVID 19 came along. The pandemic stripped both Grace and her husband of their jobs in the restaurant industry. Living expenses began piling up: rent, utilities, food, diapers and formula for their baby. They prayed for financial help.

Because Stark State’s Emergency Lamplighter fund made a utility payment to keep their electric on and worked with their landlord to satisfy a partial rent payment, Grace is still in college, focused on her studies. She knows we back up our encouraging words with actions. When we give students like Grace a helping hand, demonstrate our belief in them and offer them hope when they’re hurting, they persevere. They tap into their resilience and become inspired. They also inspire others, creating a ripple effect that impacts generations.

In order to continue supporting students like Grace, we need your help. External stakeholders donate to institutions supported by their own employees. Your annual giving helps encourage community giving to our Foundation.  In the midst of more obstacles than ever, we’re asking you to consider doing what you can to help our students discover their resilience. Please join us in donating to this year’s Employee Annual Campaign.


Dr. Para M. Jones
President, Stark State College

Marisa Rohn
Executive Director, Stark State College Foundation

The 2020 Faculty and Staff Annual Campaign begins on September 11 and concludes October 23, 2020.

The Faculty and Staff Annual Campaign is an important part of who we are at Stark State College. Everyone works directly or indirectly with our students. The Foundation’s work benefits students, faculty and staff through scholarships, projects and professional development dollars. This is your opportunity to make a financial investment in our students, especially when 100% of your donation is applied to the fund of your choice. Your participation in our Faculty Staff Annual Campaign will provide student scholarship assistance and help to attract external donations, thus supporting student recruitment, retention and completion.

Our goal is 70% employee participation, the same goal as last year, when we exceeded our goal with 75% employee participation! We need your help to reach 70% this year. We also raised more than $53,000, thanks to you! Together, we can increase both our total participation and total donations. For example, if every employee donated $5.00 per pay for the next calendar year or $130 annually over 26 pays, our employee giving would exceed $147,000 in total donations. Remember, 100% of every gift, regardless of amount, positively impacts students.

It really is an individual decision, based your philanthropic goals. Whether it is $5.00 per pay, $25.00 per pay, or a one-time gift, every dollar helps our students and brings us closer to our 70% participation goal. Please consider returning your pledge/payment form today!

Since the Stark State College Foundation began in 1988, we have provided more than $5.7 million in scholarships to more than 14,000 students. During the 2019-20 academic year, despite the impact of COVID, the Foundation raised nearly $1 million for student scholarships, college projects, programs and instructional needs.

An endowed scholarship is a permanent charitable fund invested with a long‑term strategy to provide annual scholarships into perpetuity without invading the investment principal.A tax-deductible donation of $5,000, payable over five years or less, will establish an endowed scholarship. Donating $40 per pay for five years would achieve a $5,200 endowment donation. Contact Brenda Griffith at Ext. 4415 or Marisa Rohn at ext. 4275 for more information.

  1. Choose to participate in our Faculty and Staff Annual Campaign. Your donation is important!
  2. Complete the pledge form or make your donation online
  3. Return your pledge/payment form to the Advancement Office, room S306 by October 23, 2020.
  4. The Payroll Deduction calendar year begins January 15, 2021 or your first payroll in 2021.
  5. If you have any questions stop by the Advancement Office (S306), or call 330-494-6170 ext. 4643.
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