Extraordinary Impact: Penn GSE Exceeds Campaign Goal

January 11, 2022
A logo made of dark blue, light blue, and bright red blocks appears against a dark blue background. The logo reads, “Extraordinary Impact: The Campaign for Penn GSE.”

$98,318,378 Raised—Thank You!

On June 30, 2021, Penn GSE successfully concluded the multi-year Extraordinary Impact Campaign, part of the University-wide Power of Penn Campaign. The largest fundraising effort in the School’s history, Extraordinary Impact surpassed a $75 million fundraising goal by more than 30 percent, dramatically increasing support for priorities across Penn GSE. A new impact report expands on the accomplishments of the campaign that are highlighted below.

“I want to thank you, our alumni and friends, for all that you have done to support education and Penn GSE during the campaign,” says Penn GSE Dean Pam Grossman. “Without your incredible dedication, our success would not have been possible.”

Facilities and Technology

$13.4M Raised

A dramatic building expansion—the School’s first new construction in more than fifty years—will fulfill the dean’s vision of “One Penn GSE,” bringing the majority of the School’s programs, students, faculty, and staff into one state-of-the-art campus location.

Several students are sitting next to each other in a well-lit space, working on their laptops and phones.
Photo by Lora Reehling

Scholarship and Fellowship

$9.6M Raised

To advance the evergreen priority of recruiting the strongest and most diverse student body possible, the School initiated need-based aid for the first time and significantly increased financial aid offerings to master’s students.

Three students are sitting inside a bright classroom which has a tall ceiling and pendant lights. They are working on their laptops and listening to the lecturer.
Photo by Lora Reehling

Programs and Research

$15.7M and $51.1M Raised

The campaign has fueled Penn GSE’s programs in university–community partnerships and educational innovation and propelled the School’s research in teacher learning, educational policy, race and racial literacy, and the learning sciences.

Three children are seated around a young woman in a classroom with yellow-colored walls and blue-colored carpet. They listen as the young woman narrates a story from a book she is holding.
Photo by Lisa Godfrey

Faculty Support

$5.8M Raised

Faculty represent the very heart of the School. They drive research, draw prospective students, and mentor the next generation of education professionals. The School makes it a top priority to recruit and retain the strongest and most diverse faculty that it can.

A smiling professor has his right hand raised midway and left hand in his pocket. He is wearing a blue shirt that has a lapel mic on it.
Photo by Chris Kendig

The Penn GSE Annual Fund

$2.7M Raised

Throughout each year, gifts of all sizes to the Annual Fund are directed to areas of greatest need as opportunities arise. The result is an ongoing impact on scholarship aid, partnerships in Philadelphia, research, and faculty support.

Two school girls sitting next to each other on blue chairs are smiling and flipping through pages of a large book with colorful illustrations.
Photo by Lisa Godfrey

To learn more about funding priorities at Penn GSE, or to contribute, visit www.gse.upenn.edu/support or contact us at 215.573.6623 or alumni@gse.upenn.edu.

This article appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of The Penn GSE Magazine.