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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.

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Penn It Forward

October 20-27, 2022

Penn It Forward

You are invited to our annual Penn It Forward Student Philanthropy Week!

Penn It Forward celebrates the generosity of undergraduate alumni donors and showcases the direct impact of their gifts on the overall student experience. Check out our events below! 

Sign up for Dollars for Doers!



Dollars for Doers Community Service Projects: Thursday, October 20th and Saturday, October 22nd

Penn It Forward’s Dollars for Doers! Every hour of volunteer service with the Netter Center completed from October 20–27 unlocks $10 from generous undergraduate alumni donors to benefit student life and learning through The Penn Fund!

Not a volunteer yet? Penn It Forward provides two exciting opportunities for students to volunteer this year.

Thursday, October 20 from 4:00–6:00pmHenry C. Lea School located at 4700 Locust Street

In partnership with the Netter Center and as part of the Lights on Afterschool nationwide initiative, Penn It Forward includes an exciting opportunity for students to volunteer with the Henry C. Lea School community’s safe trick or treat. Volunteers are needed to hand out candy and facilitate fun activities for children and families who attend.

RSVP for the Lea School’s Safe Trick or Treat HERE!

Saturday, October 22 from 10:00am–12:00pmCollege Green near Locust Walk

Penn It Forward’s partnership with the Netter Center is growing to include a special Homecoming Weekend volunteer opportunity for students and alumni. Join alumni in making care packages, including designing handmade cards, for West Philadelphia children and families served by the Baring House, People’s Emergency Center, and Youth Service, Inc., as well as area homeless shelters. All are welcome to stop by!

RSVP and submit your service hours HERE!

Seniors for The Penn Fund Give Back Campaign: Monday, October 24 from 11:30am–2:00pmLocust Walk outside Sweeten Alumni House

Stop by our table outside Sweeten Alumni House for an exciting announcement about the Class of 2023’s top philanthropic priorities and to kick off your senior giving campaign. Learn which funds were selected through the Class of 2023’s Designation Survey and make a gift toward your campaign to receive a special treat as a thank you from us! 

Thank Penn Alumni: Tuesday, October 25 from 11:00am–2:00pmLocust Walk

There are many things to be thankful for at the University, and undergraduate alumni are among them!

On Tuesday, October 25, join us on Locust Walk to thank undergraduate alumni donors who support current and future Quakers! Write a ‘thank you’ note and receive a Penn It Forward t-shirt!

Desserts with Donors: Wednesday, October 26 from 5:00–7:00pm—patio behind Sweeten Alumni House

Connect with Penn undergraduate alumni and learn more about philanthropy in action at the University! Our sweetest initiative will have you networking with alumni and provide an opportunity to advocate for the allocation of $500 to specific areas across campus that are most important to you. If your brief case for support is chosen, you may designate this generous gift to one of several select opportunitiesincluding some that benefit BIPOC students and communities and undergraduate financial aid.

Register to attend HERE!

The Penn Fund Executive Board Fall Meeting: Thursday, October 27 on campus

By invitation only, students have another exciting opportunity to learn about the important ways undergraduate alumni stay involved and give back to the University after graduation.


If you’re interested in planning events like these and learning more about philanthropy, consider joining the Student Philanthropy Council! Reach out to Claire Bergsten at for more information.