Penn GSE Annual Fund

A world-class school of education in a dynamic Ivy League setting, Penn GSE is a national leader in education research and preparing talented educators. Gifts to the Penn GSE Annual Fund support groundbreaking research, partnerships with schools, programs in thirty areas of education, and faculty among the best in their field. Your support of the Penn GSE Annual Fund ensures that the School can continue to train the most promising future educators and leaders, whose work will shape education worldwide.

Please consider making a gift to the Penn GSE Annual Fund and ensuring that Penn GSE students and alumni continue to effect change and make history in communities worldwide. You can make a gift now via our secure online giving website or by calling (215) 746-1461.  If you’d prefer to make your gift by mail, please send your check, made out to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, to Penn GSE Development and Alumni Relations, 3700 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104.

Annual Fund Giving Circles

The Penn GSE Benchmark Society

The Penn GSE Benchmark Society celebrates and recognizes the most loyal Annual Fund donors at Penn GSE. Through their inspiring example, the Annual Fund's impact on the School grows stronger every year.

Donors who have given to the Penn GSE Annual Fund every year for the past three or more years are Benchmark Society members. Benchmark Society members truly set the bar for consistent giving and affirm the aspirations of our current students. Upon making a third consecutive gift to the GSE Annual Fund, donors are automatically inducted to the Benchmark Society.

Benjamin Franklin Society

The Benjamin Franklin Society (BFS) is Penn's prestigious leadership giving society. For the first time, recent GSE alumni can join the BFS as an associate at reduced membership levels. Alumni who have graduated within the past 14 years can now join the Benjamin Franklin Society with gifts of the following amounts:

  • 0-4 years since graduation: $250
  • 5-9 years since graduation: $500
  • 10-14 years since graduation: $1,000

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"Penn GSE is special, and it would not have been possible for me to pursue my passion without generous financial support. I feel confident that this opportunity is the perfect first step as I work to become an educator that makes lasting impacts in the lives of my future students.”

–Ryan Copeland
M.S.Ed. '13 Teacher Education Program [now Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program]