What is The Parents Fund?
The Parents Fund plays an integral role in supporting undergraduate programs, increasing the quality of the Penn student experience, and sustaining the rich Penn tradition of academic excellence and global leadership.

Why give to The Parents Fund?
A parent's gift directly supports programs & initiatives that enhance their child's academic experience and establishes a continued legacy for Penn generations to come. Gifts from parents are a show of involvement, passion and confidence in Penn, and strengthen our University's stature.

What do gifts to the Parents Fund support?
Your unrestricted support helps fulfill the immediate needs of the University – supporting the undergraduate experience in areas such as financial aid, residential enhancements, student life and academic support.

  • Student Financial Aid Almost half of the undergraduate population receives financial support from the University, and less than 23% of that undergraduate financial aid budget is covered by endowment income. The balance comes from the general operating budget, which relies on gifts from parents and alumni.
  • Residential Experience The quality of residential life is key to attracting students and remaining competitive. But most important is Penn's ability to give students a comfortable and secure community in which to live. Gifts to the Parents Fund support such projects as innovative programming in the College Houses and refurbishing of residential study areas.
  • Student Life and Academic Support The myriad activities that enliven the University campus from the arts to athletics are in part supported by the Parents Fund. Funds raised provide additional support towards Penn's "learning hubs" such as Kelly Writers House, Civic House, Weiss Tech House, and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.
  • Special Initiatives As part of a continuing technology upgrade program, infrastructure overhauls are being made to classrooms across campus to allow for installment of new computers, audio-visual systems, and telecommunications equipment. Innovative academic projects, such as the Penn Reading Project held during New Student Orientation, may also receive support from Parents Fund gifts.

Proud Penn Parents-Matching Gifts
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