Visionary Giving Opportunities - The Big Ideas

Visionary Giving Opportunities—The Big Ideas

One of the primary goals of the University is to generate enthusiasm and transformative philanthropy for several of our interdisciplinary and multi-college initiatives. Our academic leaders have selected a number of centers, institutes, and programs to be presented as key enterprises—our Big Ideas. These are collaborative initiatives that demonstrate particular strength or great potential at Penn State. 

Featured here are the first six of the Big Ideas:

  • The Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment (PSIEE)
  • The Materials Research Institute (MRI)
  • The School of International Affairs
  • The Center for the Performing Arts 

The Big Ideas represent the high caliber of research and teaching taking place at Penn State, as well as the University's capacity for addressing some of society's greatest national and international challenges.