Student Philanthropy Council spotlights donor recognition societies

March 31, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- This week, the Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) has set up displays on the first floor of the HUB-Robeson Center to inform students about the various donor recognition societies at Penn State.

“Giving back to the Penn State community after graduation is important, and Penn State does a great job of recognizing its donors,” said Matt Doherty, SPC member and sophomore. “These societies honor donors according to the amount and purpose of their gifts. Since graduation is quickly approaching, this is a perfect time for students to learn about these different organizations.”

The display boards include information about each society, membership requirements, and names of current members. Some of the societies included are the Mount Nittany Society, the President’s Club, and the Nittany Lion Club.

On April 3, the SPC will hold this month’s “Philanthropy Phriday,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At this event, council members will be available at the displays to answer questions about the societies. They will also have an interactive game for students to play.

“The game is simple and will really help people become familiar with the different societies,” said sophomore and SPC member Alicia Harrar. “Each student will be given a card with a scenario on it, and to try to match the scenario to the correct society. We also have a lot of great handouts this month, including T-shirts, for participants.”

The Student Philanthropy Council was created in 2005 to help show Penn State students the importance of giving back to the University after graduation and help raise awareness among the student body about the role that philanthropy plays at the University. For more information about SPC, visit


Last Updated March 31, 2009