|The Success of Making History: Penn's Time to Shine
February 19, 2013,
Volume 59, No. 22
After seven years of extraordinary support from alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and friends, Making History: The Campaign for Penn came to a successful close on December 31, 2012. The final Campaign total will be announced at the February 28 Board of Trustees’ meeting and shared with the University community immediately afterwards.
With a $3.5 billion goal, which was surpassed 16 months ahead of schedule (Almanac October 4, 2011), the Campaign was the most ambitious in the University’s history and one of the largest ever in American higher education.
Making History succeeded in achieving its three broad goals: reaching the $3.5 billion financial target; funding core priorities across all Penn schools and centers, including undergraduate and graduate financial aid, faculty and staff support, programs and research, and buildings and renovations; and enhancing alumni engagement. One of the key outcomes of the Campaign has been a surge in alumni participation in Penn programs on and off campus, thanks to the introduction of new events and the reinvention of old favorites such as Homecoming Weekend.
“The Campaign has strengthened virtually every corner of Penn,” explains John H. Zeller, vice president for development and alumni relations. “We are grateful to everyone—alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends—who came together to help us transform our University. We look forward to announcing the results and sharing the many wonderful stories of the ways in which the Campaign is making a difference all around campus.”
The University community will celebrate the Campaign’s success at Making History at Penn Park, a campus-wide event on Friday, April 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. in Penn Park. To learn more, visit www.alumni.upenn.edu/timetoshine and watch the mail for an invitation.