Philanthropy at Penn State

Philanthropy at Penn State

Sharing the impact of giving to the University.

Sharing the impact of giving to the University.

Thursday, March 28, 2019


John Patton and his wife Natalie

Alumni gifts to fund Penn State Extraterrestrial Intelligence Center

Inspired by the pioneering research being done in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Penn State graduate John Patton and his wife, Natalie, have committed a future gift of $2.5 million to establish the John and Natalie Patton Family Research Fund in PSETI. The endowed research fund will support research activities within the newly created Penn State Extraterrestrial Intelligence Center (PSETI) and help to activate PSETI’s mission to create a world-class research program and to train the next generation of researchers.  Full story

Dr. Jean Brenchley with cow

Brenchley endowment will support key programming for WPSU-FM

Jean Brenchley, professor emeritus of microbiology and biotechnology at Penn State, has committed to establish the Dr. Jean E. Brenchley Endowment for WPSU-FM through an estate gift. Brenchley’s preference is for the funds to be used to ensure the continuation of “Morning Edition” and “Science Friday,” two programs produced by NPR, that she said are her longtime companions in daily life.  Full story

John Vanderlyn (1776-1852), "Study After Poussin (Study for the Baptism of Christ)," c. 1795, charcoal on paper, 11 x 17 inches.

Palmer announces major gift of the John Driscoll American Drawings Collection

The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State has announced a transformational gift of 140 American works on paper, recently donated by Penn State alumnus John P. Driscoll. The expansive gift, one of the most important in the 47-year history of the University’s art museum, establishes a significant American drawings collection at the Palmer Museum of Art.  Full story