Small Gifts. Big Difference.

Small gifts. Big difference.

It's simple. People like you make great things happen here. Annual gifts to the University are essential in funding unique initiatives that affect students in real and important ways. Read on for examples of how Penn State is putting annual gifts to work—and for proof that you don't need to make a big gift to make a big difference.

Providing a blank canvas

The College of Arts and Architecture is home to a world of talent. And with philanthropy, there is no shortage of possibility. Unrestricted gifts provide aspiring artists, architects, performers, and more with the tools and opportunities needed to develop their craft. This year, small gifts have purchased new sheet music and visual arts supplies, brought acclaimed guest artists and performers to campus classrooms, supported University summer classes for community K-12 art educators—and these are just a few examples. Your support lets us show our students that creativity knows no bounds.

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Solving big problems

Even five dollars can make a difference when you act as part of a community. At Penn State, crowdfunding is giving student groups and research projects the boost they need to get new ideas off the ground. Ideas like sequencing the "Nittany Lion" genome: With the support of 144 people, a student-driven research team recently raised $12,175 to study extinct mountain lion DNA, an effort that will inform conversation efforts for similar species around the country. For more information on this or other crowdfunding projects, visit Penn State's crowdfunding website.

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Lending a helping hand

Penn State is a proud member of Global Brigades, the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. And in the College of Nursing, students in the Penn State Medical Brigade, one of nine Global Brigade subgroups on campus, are able to work in developing countries in part because of annual gifts made to the college. Recent Penn State Medical Brigade trips include nine-day visits to Panama and Honduras, where students engaged with local medical professionals in administering patient consultations, triage, and pharmaceutical care. Your support makes a difference for our students. And with your help, our students are making a difference in the world.

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