Class Giving

Class Gift

Class of 1966 scholarship recipients with President Gutmann and class leaders at the Fall 2015 Scholarship Celebration.

When we entered Penn, perhaps most of us did not appreciate one of Franklin’s sage sayings, ‘If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.’

Over the years, we think that we’ve come to recognize the significance of this statement. We can take pride that more than three quarters of our class has made a gift to Penn since graduation. Many have made more than 10 or even 25 gifts, and at least 10 classmates have given in every year since graduation.

The best way to appreciate what this ‘investment in knowledge’ has meant is to read the impressive real life stories of the recipients of the Class of 1966 Endowed Scholarship. Click HERE  to read the stories from our 1966 Scholarship Students - Jenna Nickas, Harrison Prentiss-Mott, and Monica Permalek.

Through scholarships, our class has helped 162 students to benefit from a Penn education and experience. Established with our 30th Reunion Gift and continued at our 35th, 40th, 45th, and now our 50th, the Class of 1966 Endowed Scholarship has had 10 recipients, while an additional 152 have been helped through individual scholarships established by 25 classmates and their families.

Our goal is to raise $1,200,000 from contributions to The Class of 1966 50th Reunion Fund, The Class of 1966 Endowed Scholarship Fund, new individually funded endowed scholarships and additions to existing ones. The funds will provide support to:

  • Foster need-blind admissions through our all-grant policy;
  • Bolster student life and academic support such as clubs, engagement, and technology;
  • Enhance residential life by making the on-campus experience more engaging;
  • Offer special initiatives at the President’s discretion

    To date, class giving towards our goal stands at about $680,000. If you haven’t yet given, please join the 218 classmates who have given to date. Whether you’re one of more than three-quarters of the class who made a gift over the years, the nearly half who have made more than ten gifts, the small group who have given every year since graduation, or have not ever made a gift-there is not a better time or reason to give back now.. We hope that the stories from the Scholarship recipients will serve as great examples of what a Penn education can mean, and as motivation for your gift. Together, we can continue to make a difference for Penn and the students who follow in our footsteps.

    To make a gift, click HERE. You can contact our Penn Fund partner, Josh Nay, to make a gift or with questions at 215-746-6233 or at

    We hope you will come back and give back for this special Reunion, and look forward to celebrating with you in May!

    Bill Constantine                                              Steve Roth
    Reunion Gift Co-Chairs

    Our class also has a goal of 10 new members of the University’s Harrison Society, which recognizes alumni and friends who have named Penn through planned giving, i.e., as a beneficiary of a will, living trust, retirement plan or life insurance policy that benefits Penn in the future. It's easy to become a member of the Harrison Society. If you have already done this or would like information about these options to support The Penn Fund or our class scholarship, please contact Beth Delaney at 215-898-6171 or

    Great news! The IRA Charitable Rollover has been extended – for good!

    President Obama has signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, extending the IRA Charitable Rollover permanently. This incentive allows alumni and friends of the University of Pennsylvania age 70½ and over to transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA directly to Penn without having to recognize the transfer as taxable income. This tax-wise gift can support your class scholarship or The Penn Fund---helping the next generation of Penn leaders reshape the future!

    Support the area at Penn that means the most to you…everything from scholarships and professorships, to research and athletics, as well as Penn’s nationally recognized cultural institutions. Click Here to learn more!