FY16: Class of 1917 Award

Class of 1917 Award

The Class of 1917 Award endowment fund was established in 1967 by Betram F. Brummer, C’17 in honor the Class of 1917 50th reunion. This award honors the class with the most successful reunion fundraising year. In perpetuity, the net income from this endowment will be added to the class gift of the winning alumni class of the year.

The Penn Fund staff will select the winning class using a formula accounting for dollars raised through The Penn Fund, the number of donors from the class, and the increase in both over prior years. This award does not take Total University Achievement (giving outside of the scope of The Penn Fund; the University’s undergraduate annual fund) into consideration except as a tie breaker between classes. 

This year, The Penn Fund is delighted to announce that the 1917 award will be shared by the Class of 1991 (25th reunion) and 2011 (5threunion). The classes will share the prize of $2,844.25, which will be added to their class reunion fund totals.

Gift Committees for both classes used best practices and displayed relentless enthusiasm as they helped their class raise significant dollars and donors on behalf of Penn. Reunion leaders from 1991 and 2011 truly exemplify what it means to be proud supporters of undergraduate education through The Penn Fund and endowed scholarships. Each class utilized our Mobile Volunteer Portal (MVP) to make connections, engaged their classmates by hosting multiple pre-reunion gatherings that promoted philanthropy and reconnection, and used social media and their personal connections to reach out to many, many classmates. We are inspired by their commitment and thankful for their dedication.

The Class of 1991 raised over $7.5 million, exceeding their goal by $2.5 million, to support current students from 789 classmates. The committee’s efforts helped to create or enhance an unprecedented 33 endowed scholarships.  The class had an extraordinary 83 members give at or above the $25,000 commitment level. This class was first in the number of donors, first in the number of Benjamin Franklin Society donors (137) and third in the number of Ivy Stone Society donors (359). Led by Robin Harrison Kaplan C’91 and Heather Sarno Getman C’91, the 25th gift committee was over 50 classmates strong, made up of proud Penn alumni who stopped at nothing to inspire fellow classmates to give back.

2011, in their 5th reunion, surpassed all of their dollar goals, raising a total of $409,380, which was 204 percent above their overall goal, and the second highest for a 5th reunion in Penn’s history. The committee, 31 strong, was led by Brittany Bell, C’11 and Nico Aguirre, C’11, W’11. The class of 2011 was second in the number of Benjamin Franklin Society donors (109) and secured over 75 multi-year commitments to ensure this class remains one of the most loyal of all classes. Volunteers, Nico Aguirre and Daniel Urgelles, C’11, W’11, were instrumental in establishing a new scholarship for international financial aid with the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business. They championed the importance of providing financial aid resources for international students. Committee members helped to raise gifts from 605 classmates, including 275 Perfect donors. Essential to this success was a number of pre-reunion events hosted around the country by committee members, which inspired their classmates to give back through their class reunion campaign, and to come back to campus for their reunion during Alumni Weekend.

The Penn Fund appreciates the dedication and generosity of both committees’ time, talent and treasure. We celebrate your efforts that will inspire future gift committees for years to come. Congratulations to both 1991 and 2011!