Kutztown University Foundation and Alumni Engagement, Inc. receives Staples $1,000 grant

Submitted by KU Foundation The Kutztown University Foundation & Alumni Engagement was awarded $1,000 by Staples Foundation as part of its 2 Million & Change philanthropic initiative. The KU Foundation will use the funds to support the Rodney Hancock Memorial Scholarship, which benefits a KU football player majoring in accounting.

Kutztown University Foundation and Alumni Engagement, Inc. has been awarded $1,000 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a new program that lets Staples associates direct donations.

“The Kutztown University Foundation & Alumni Engagement channels the time, the talent, and the treasure of its supporters to advance the mission of Kutztown University by securing philanthropic support and improving the KU alumni experience,” said Edward T. Richmond, Chief Financial Officer and Interim Executive Director.“The treasure generously entrusted to us by the Staples Foundation supports a specific scholarship in memory of Rodney Hancock, a member of the KU football team from 1992-1996.”

Richmond said KU awards this fund annually to a football player majoring in accounting.

“The scholarship aid provided allows for recipients to focus more on their performance in the classroom as well as on the field rather than on the cost of their education,” said Richmond.

The grants are part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills.

The program, called 2 Million and Change, will award funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants by the end of the year. In 2012, associates globally directed more than $2.1 million of Staples Foundation grants to 470 non-profit organizations.

“Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where our associates live and work,” said Katy Dobbs, director of global community and giving for Staples, Inc. “Through our program, we are pleased to support our associates and the local non-profit organizations that matter to them most.”

The Kutztown University Foundation & Alumni Engagement’s work is to secure philanthropic support and engage alumni in order to advance the mission of Kutztown University. This philanthropic support spans the needs of scholarships, research, facilities, and extracurricular activities, and our engagement with alumni builds beneficial relationships between the university and its alumni.