On December 2, The Penn Fund―the University’s undergraduate unrestricted annual giving program―will merge a most time-honored tradition with an emerging tradition: #GivingTuesday.
Since its inception in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a global movement, supported by an ever-growing number of supporters. Celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday punctuates one day of thanks and two days of deals (Black Friday and Cyber Monday) with a day earmarked for giving back and honoring generosity.
Pre-dating #GivingTuesday by nearly a century, The Penn Fund has also grown over the years, becoming ever more vital to the University as a major source of unrestricted giving. Penn Fund gifts provide immediate support for the areas of undergraduate life that need it most―financial aid; student life and academic support; the residential experience; and special initiatives.
What The Penn Fund Supports
Penn’s commitment to a no-loan policy and need-blind admissions continues to ensure classes are filled with the best and brightest students. Additionally, the experiences that complement academic life―clubs and activities, technology and learning hubs, even residential areas―provide a foundation for creativity and expression upon which students can grow, inside and outside of the classroom.
The Penn Fund supports each and every one of these critical elements of the Penn experience, and enables the University to maintain its academic excellence, recruit the brightest students and faculty, provide world-class facilities and resources, and foster the type of environment capable of nurturing the thought leaders of tomorrow.
Alumni will receive emails throughout #GivingTuesday with nuggets of wisdom from University Founder Benjamin Franklin, and the first 150 #GivingTuesday donors will be rewarded with limited-edition Penn magnets.
Join alumni from around the globe by making a #GivingTuesday contribution to The Penn Fund in support of continuing the tradition of academic excellence and commitment to the undergraduate experience.