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Since 1927, gifts to The Penn Fund—from undergraduate alumni and parents like you—have made a profound and immediate impact on all aspects of student life and learning at the University by providing grant-based financial aid packages to undergraduates, supporting enhancements to academic programs and campus technology, and fostering community through student clubs and organizations. This longstanding tradition of loyal generosity allows donors to support the University’s greatest needs and highest priorities through the general fund, long-term scholarship support, and special reunion class projects.

How do we support Undergraduates at Penn?

Undergraduate Financial Aid
Residential and Campus Life
Academic Enrichment

Undergraduate Alumni and Parent Giving Program

The Penn Fund opens doors to opportunity…

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...and delivers support where it’s needed most.

  • Student Story

    Penn has helped shape who I am and given me countless opportunities. It will forever remain an important part of my life and identity.”

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    I would like to express how grateful I am to the alumni philanthropists for making this possible, and for giving me the opportunity to craft a beautiful youth, career, and life.”

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    I hope to one day make an impact by funding an endowed scholarship. This investment would live on for a lifetime.”

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    As an international student, I wouldn’t have been able to afford studying in the U.S. without aid. I’m thankful that Penn offered me such a wonderful scholarship.”

Your gift makes a real and immediate impact on the lives of students at Penn today.

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Gifts of any size that count toward The Penn Fund help power the University and open doors to transformative experiences through support of undergraduate student life and learning.

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Give your time.

Volunteer as a member of your class giving committee to honor your milestone reunion or encourage your friends and peers to give during The Penn Fund’s annual Giving Red and Blue Day. Your time and passion enable The Penn Fund to deliver on its promise to the University in so many ways.

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This Fiscal Year (7/1/23—6/30/24)

Alumni Weekend

Thank you for joining us for Alumni Weekend 2024!

We kicked off the weekend by meeting classmates at the all-alumni party, Franklin Fest. We took a stroll down Locust Walk during the Parade of Classes to the Alumni Picnic, joined a student-led tour to see what’s new around campus, attended class panel discussions, raised a toast to Dear Old Penn at reunion celebrations, and enjoyed performances by student performing arts groups at the Penn Spectrum showcase. We closed out the weekend at the all-alumni brunch and memorial service on Sunday.

Worth Noting

It starts with an idea. An idea that is sparked by a passion to do good, to make change, to leave an impact. At Penn, we are inspiring impact every day. Impact that is ignited by our students, faculty and alumni. This impact does not discriminate or fear differences. This impact is far reaching across the globe in all communities…and it lives on indefinitely. It inspires others to strive to achieve the unthinkable and the unimaginable – and it starts at Penn.

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Our current fiscal year ends in less than two weeks, and you can still boost the impact of your contribution before then through our new annual giving challenge. When 2,200 undergraduate alumni commit to The Penn Fund before June 30, their collective support unlocks an additional $300,000 in matching funds.

Your philanthropic commitment helps build the University’s strong academic foundation—enabling us to nurture future leaders, drive groundbreaking discoveries, and provide a conducive environment for learning and community engagement. Thank you very much for considering a gift to be matched before our fiscal year ends on June 30. Join us in the link in our bio.

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Our current fiscal year is almost over—and, before it ends, a new annual giving challenge will amplify the impact of your contribution of any size. When 2,200 undergraduate alumni commit to The Penn Fund before June 30, their collective support unlocks an additional $300,000 in matching funds.

Your commitment to The Penn Fund this month will help enrich the University’s strong and substantial academic foundation. Thank you very much for considering a gift to be matched before our fiscal year ends on June 30—and wishing you a wonderful summer ahead. Join us by clicking the link in our bio.

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Lorenza Colagrossi C’21 sets an inspiring example of philanthropic leadership, especially for her peers in the young alumni community. As a Regional Benjamin Franklin Society Representative with The Penn Fund, Penn Alumni Ambassador, and a member of the Young Alumni Board for Penn Libraries, Lorenza has enjoyed many memorable volunteer experiences. Most recently, she served on the host committee for First Toast on the Road in New York City, and shared: “It was amazing to connect with so many other alumni and be surrounded by those who love Penn as much as I do. I hope to continue inspiring more young alumni to give back to the University that gave us so much.”
As we welcome the Class of 2024 as undergraduate alumni today, we thought it fitting to highlight a fellow young alumna who is staying connected with the University in meaningful ways. Thank you very much for your dedication, Lorenza—we are so grateful to you!

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Congratulations to Penn`s Class of 2024! We can`t wait to see all the amazing things you will accomplish in your next chapter, and wish you the very best of luck in your future endeavors. Hurrah, Hurrah! ...

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Lawrence Kaplan C’89 G’95 WG’95 remains an active member of the Penn community through his extensive volunteer involvement. As a Reunion Giving Committee Co-Chair and Reunion Outreach Committee member for the Class of 1989, Wharton Class of 1995 Giving Committee Co-Chair, Lauder Class of 1995 Class Captain, and Graduate Admission Alumni Connect Member, Lawrence engages with his fellow undergraduate and graduate alumni in various capacities throughout the year—and encourages the next generation of volunteers to connect with their peers through philanthropy. “There is joy and fulfillment in volunteering your time and energy in any capacity. There is an innate sense of happiness that comes from supporting each other and an institution which has provided an amazing foundation and springboard for our future successes.” Thank you very much for all your meaningful contributions to the University, Lawrence!
As Alumni Weekend begins today, we thought to continue celebrating those who encouraged peers to ‘come back and give back’ for the milestone festivities ahead. We look forward to helping everyone reconnect and remember what it means to be part of our Quaker community, and you can still join us by registering at the link (below/in our bio).

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Karen Chance Mercurius C’99 G’08 has amazingly served as an active volunteer since graduation. Her many roles—including her service as a Co-Chair of the Class of 1999 Giving Committee, a Leadership Chair for the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women, and a Member of the James Brister Society—have provided meaningful opportunities for connection and allowed her to give back to the community that supported her growth as an undergraduate. When considering her advice for the next generation of volunteers, Karen shares: “Begin right where you are. Share your Penn story, as it will inspire a future or current student to reach for the stars. Do not wait for the perfect time to give back. Your ideas, leadership, expertise, and resources are needed now.” Karen, your dedication and enthusiasm help create a foundation of success for our entire Quaker community! ...

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Dick Silverman W’61 has been an integral part of the Quaker community for more than six decades. As a student, Dick was a member of Kite and Key and the Friars Senior Society, and he reflects fondly on many University milestones, including his involvement in the 1960 Penn Relays: “I was a Kite and Key volunteer assistant to the high jump field judge when John Thomas broke the outdoor world record! I was right there!” As an alumnus, Dick has set a powerful example for his peers, both as Class President and through serving on the Reunion Giving Committee for the Class of 1961 for many years, contributing as an alumni interviewer, and making calls twice per year to engage with his former classmates. His advice to future volunteers is simple: “Lead. Show up. Follow up.” Dick, you are a Penn legend and an inspiration! ...

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Penn undergraduate alumni and parents have the opportunity to make a real difference for those who follow in their footsteps or their own students who attend the University today. Participation at any level will create a direct and immediate impact on campus.