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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 Enhancement

Penn It Forward

October 26-28, 2021

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!  Please note the Thank Penn Alumni Day has been moved to Wednesday, October 27 due to inclement weather.

Sign up for Dollars for Doers!


Rescheduled: Thank Penn Alumni: Wednesday, October 27th from 11:00am – 2:00pm at College Green Amphitheatre

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

On Wednesday, October 27, join us at College Green Amphitheatre to thank undergraduate alumni donors who support current and future Quakers! Write a thank you note and receive a Penn It Forward t-shirt!

Dollars for Doers Community Garden Clean Up: Wednesday, October 27th, 3:30pm – 5:30pm – Multiple Locations

Penn It Forward with Dollars for Doers! Every hour of volunteer service with the Netter Center completed from October 25th – 29th unlocks $10 from generous undergraduate alumni donors to benefit student life and learning through The Penn Fund!

Submit your service hours HERE!

Not a volunteer yet? Don’t worry! Join the Netter Center to clean up a community garden for a local school and its surrounding neighborhood!

Sign up to volunteer HERE by Sunday, October 17th.

Desserts with Donors: Thursday, October 28th at 5:30pm (Location to be announced soon!)

Connect with Penn undergraduate alumni and learn more about philanthropy in action at the University! Our third – and sweetest – initiative will have you networking with members of The Penn Fund Executive Board 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 opportunities – including some that benefit BIPOC students and communities, emergency COVID-19 relief, and undergraduate financial aid.

Register to attend HERE!

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