Your Investments at Work


Your Investments at Work

Alumni Donors

My scholarship significantly changed my life. Thank you for allowing me to continue my education. Jackie Wood

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Millions of Dollars Raised in Support of Radiance Scholarships

Support CSU Students

This year we thanked 4,498 alumni for donating more than $2.3 million to Cleveland State University. Our alumni made gifts to the Colleges and the University that supported areas such as:

  • Annual and endowed scholarships
  • Deans’ Annual Funds
  • Student programs
  • Faculty research
  • Student activities
  • Viking Athletics
  • Unrestricted operating support


Our third annual CSU Giving Day inspired 584 donors to give $55,615 in one whirlwind 24-hour period! This largely online event included several alumni as “social media ambassadors,” sharing posts and encouraging their networks to participate. Alumni were also featured in videos encouraging their classmates and friends of CSU to give.

At the annual Celebration of Scholarship Luncheon this spring, CSU brought together donors who have created scholarship funds and student beneficiaries of those very funds. The luncheon drew a record crowd of over 350 guests. Keynote speaker Thomas Hopkins (MA ’82) encouraged students to pay that generosity forward when they can.

We organized a Volunteer Leadership Summit for members of CSU’s Board of Trustees, the CSU Foundation Board of Directors, the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Visiting Committees for each college within the University. These volunteers who help provide leadership and crucial financial support for the University had opportunities to learn more about leveraging CSU’s strengths as a top urban university.

Finally, Radiance: CSU Realizing the Promise, CSU’s signature event in support of student scholarships, raised an all-time high of $1.1 million. Specifically, Radiance scholarships are reserved for students who are doing well academically but are in danger of dropping out of school because of financial challenges. Radiance has raised nearly $5 million for scholarships since 2011, assisting well over 1,500 students, keeping them in school and on track to graduation.

At this year’s sixth-annual Radiance we honored civic leader and philanthropist Steven Minter with the President’s Medal, CSU’s highest non-academic honor. A long-time CSU supporter, Minter is former president and executive director of The Cleveland Foundation and current Executive-in-Residence at CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. Enjoy photos from the event here.