Penn State New Kensington, in conjunction with other Penn State campuses, is participating in a University-wide philanthropy initiative on Thursday, Nov. 15. The second “Penn State Day of Philanthropy” is intended to raise awareness of private giving’s impact on the University and its students.
“These are challenging fiscal times for Penn State and for the New Kensington campus,” said Chancellor Kevin Snider. “Higher education is not supported at the same percentage as it was when many of us were in school. Our ability to continue being accessible is going to depend on scholarships, fellowships, paid internships and other programs designed to help struggling students through the burden of paying for higher education.“
Alumni and friends are encouraged to support the campus giving online. By designating Penn State New Kensington, a donor's gift benefits the Future Fund at the campus. The Future Fund holds unrestricted gifts that are essential to the continued success of the campus. These funds provide flexible resources to address the campus’ most pressing needs and to create opportunities. This money is applied to areas with the greatest need, like student aid and academic initiatives.
Penn State Day of Philanthropy coincides with National Philanthropy Day, an annual event to acknowledge the role nonprofit and charity organizations play in the lives of individuals and communities. “National Philanthropy Day is a day intended to encourage individuals to support organizations that have a positive influence on their lives or communities,” said Rodney P. Kirsch, senior vice president for development and alumni relations. “So on November 15, we ask Penn State alumni and friends to think about how the University has influenced their lives and to make a gift to ensure those same opportunities are available for future generations.”
Penn State Day of Philanthropy is a part of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, which is directed toward a shared vision of Penn State as the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in America. The campaign’s top priority is keeping a Penn State degree affordable for students and families. The" For the Future" campaign is the most ambitious effort of its kind in Penn State’s history, with the goal of securing $2 billion by 2014. The New Kensington campus is responsible for $3 million of the total.
For more information on the event or to give online, visit www.NOV15.psu.edu.