Penn State celebrates Day of Philanthropy on Nov. 15

November 07, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Raising awareness of private giving's impact on the University and its students is the aim of the inaugural Penn State Day of Philanthropy, to be held Tuesday, Nov. 15. Through a range of activities and events at the University, student volunteers and staff members will honor past gifts and seek further support from alumni and friends.

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 time for people to think about the importance of philanthropy and show their support by giving back,” said Rodney P. Kirsch, senior vice president for development and alumni relations. “In a time of financial uncertainty and reduced government support of higher education, private philanthropy has never been more important. On Penn State Day of Philanthropy, we ask our alumni and friends of the University to think about the huge impact Penn State has made in their lives and help us continue to provide unparalleled educational opportunities to future generations.”

Activities will include an event on the University Park campus to inform the public about the philanthropic efforts and commitments of Penn State students. Student organizations who have a philanthropic mission or who benefit from private donations will have displays set up at booths throughout the Hetzel Union Building. Representatives from the student groups will explain how philanthropy has benefited their particular organization.

“It’s so important to involve the students,” said Allison Shutt, a senior economics major, who is helping to organize that day's campus activities. “The Day of Philanthropy will demonstrate all the different ways private support has impacted the Penn State campus experience, so students understand the significance of giving back after graduation.”

All gifts made on Penn State Day of Philanthropy will benefit For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, a fundraising initiative directed toward a shared vision of Penn State as the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in the U.S. 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 the University’s history, with the goal of securing $2 billion by 2014. As of June 30, 2011, the campaign had raised $1.38 billion.

Individuals who would like to learn more about or participate in Penn State Day of Philanthropy should visit the event’s website at online.

“November 15 will be a very special day at Penn State, but philanthropy is much more than a day," said Kirsch. "It’s an action, an impact and an investment in the future.”


Last Updated November 11, 2011