A Message from Amy GutmannWatch Video Message ►
Thank you for giving to Penn—and for another terrific year of proud Penn Quakers achieving great things.
Universities present unique opportunities. They are places where people from diverse backgrounds come together to create new knowledge and deepen our understanding of the world. The friendships that develop from these collaborations are central to the Penn experience that we all cherish. A Penn education is all about lending a hand, suggesting a new perspective, growing and learning in our time together.
Each of you plays a role in advancing this vision. Every Penn priority bears the imprint of your generosity. You help make possible the talented undergraduates who are able to come here, thanks to Penn’s all-grant financial aid; the eminent scholars and researchers who make up our incredible faculty; the programs and research that nurture engagement, inspire innovation, and better our world; and our state-of-the-art facilities, housing classrooms, labs, and athletic programs…where patients are cared for…and where our students live.
As donors, you are essential to making all of this happen—and much, much more! People Supporting Penn highlights just some of the ways your philanthropy benefits the University, our community, and the world.
My heartfelt thanks to each of you—for your gifts, your loyalty, and most of all, your great friendship to one another and to Penn.
President and Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication
A Message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees
David L. Cohen
It is easy to quantify the number of Penn Quakers and their families who come back for Alumni Weekend: a new record of nearly 12,000 in 2016. We can count the regional alumni clubs (110 in all) that planned and hosted over 700 events all over the world this past year. And we know that more than 8,600 alumni conducted over 34,000 interviews with prospective students.
What is less easily measured is the passion that alumni, parents, and friends feel for our University. But we know that Penn Pride is strong and impactful, as reflected in your advocacy for our students, research, facilities, and other priorities in FY16. The generosity of our Penn community is inspiring, and I thank you for your support.
David L. Cohen, L'81
Chair, Board of Trustees
A Message from the Chair of the Trustees Development Committee
Lee Spelman Doty
When Penn alumni, parents, and friends get the ball rolling, the momentum just keeps building. In FY16, we raised $557.7 million in new gifts and pledges, exceeding our goal by nearly $108 million. We also broke three records: Cash receipts were $542.9 million, the highest in Penn’s history. Annual giving across the University totaled $70 million, including nearly $32 million for The Penn Fund, thanks to the generosity of a record-setting 111,613 donors. And online giving surged to $17.3 million, with a record 7,262 online donors in the month of June alone.
Together, we have substantially increased support for interdisciplinary programs and research and significantly enhanced funding for graduate, professional, and undergraduate student aid. By continuing to make Penn your philanthropic priority, you benefit our University and the countless lives it touches. Thank you.
Lee Spelman Doty, W'76
Chair, Trustees Development Committee
In fiscal year 2016, Penn’s devoted family of alumni, parents, and friends contributed more than $557 million in new gifts and pledges and nearly $543 million in cash receipts—the highest amount in Penn history. A record-setting 111,613 donors gave $70 million to annual giving funds across the University, including over $31 million to The Penn Fund. As we strengthen our connections throughout the Penn community, we continue to achieve critical priorities at every school and center, thanks to your dedication and generous support.
As of June 30, 2016