A Message from Amy Gutmann

There’s something special about the Penn experience that cannot be captured by words alone.

It’s evident in the classroom, where our all-grant financial aid policy increases access to an unsurpassed Penn education. It’s there in our eminent faculty, who inspire our talented students and nurture their development.

You see it in our medical facilities, where patients receive world-class, personalized care. It drives innovation in our libraries and laboratories, where groundbreaking research provides answers to society’s most pressing questions. You feel it when Penn is recognized as a positive force for good, sharing knowledge and expertise across boundaries and making an impact on people all over the world.

The Penn experience is unique because it is a reflection of you—a global community of alumni, parents, partners, and friends who believe that Penn has the power to change the world.

People Supporting Penn celebrates you and everything that your generosity makes possible, on campus and beyond. Your faith in this great University is the foundation for all of our achievements. Thank you for making the Penn experience transformative—today and for future generations.


Amy Gutmann

Amy Gutmann
President and Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication
David L. Cohen

A Message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees

David L. Cohen

Like the University itself, Penn’s community gets stronger year after year. The proof is undeniable.

This year, a record 13,034 attendees celebrated Alumni Weekend on campus. The Our Penn tour invigorated Penn Pride across the globe, and more than 120 Regional Clubs are thriving around the world.  Countless events throughout the year keep us more connected today than ever before.  And more than 9,500 alumni volunteers helped us offer more than 36,000 interviews for prospective students—a record among all colleges and universities.

The passion of the Penn community is evident in this incredible level of engagement and in every meaningful way you give back to support Penn’s priorities. Each one of you is helping us maintain a tradition of excellence that spans generations. Thank you for being a vital part of the Penn family.


David L. Cohen

David L. Cohen, L'81
Chair, Board of Trustees
Lee Spelman Doty

A Message from the Chair of the Trustees Development Committee

Lee Spelman Doty

Setting goals is the first step toward exceeding expectations. Every year, Penn’s loyal community of alumni, parents, and friends raise the bar with your enthusiastic support.

New gifts and pledges to the University in FY17 totaled $617.8 million, nearly $143 million above our goal. Cash receipts of $626.5 million surpassed the record set in FY16. University-wide annual giving totaled $78.2 million, including $37.1 million for The Penn Fund—besting records set in previous years.

With unprecedented participation among our senior, 1st and 5th reunion classes, the future looks bright for our great university.

Thanks to your generosity, we have significantly increased funding for undergraduate and graduate financial aid and bolstered the faculty support needed to recruit and retain the very best.

Thank you for exemplifying the power of our shared values and continually demonstrating your devotion to Penn.


Lee Spelman Doty

Lee Spelman Doty, W'76
Chair, Trustees Development Committee

Fundraising Summary

In fiscal year 2017, the Penn community came together to show their tremendous pride in the Red and Blue, contributing nearly $618 million in new gifts and pledges and more than $626 million in cash receipts―once again setting an institutional record. A historic 112,693 donors gave $78 million to annual giving funds across the University, including an unprecedented $37 million to The Penn Fund. We are grateful for the unwavering support of our dedicated alumni, parents, and friends whose remarkable generosity keeps Penn powering forward.

As of June 30, 2017