The Penn GSE Annual Fund

Your gift makes a difference.

Gifts to the Penn GSE Annual Fund are a critical source of unrestricted funding that allows the School to direct resources to the areas of greatest need. The Penn GSE Annual Fund supports every student, faculty member, and program at the School. It gives Penn GSE the flexibility to remain current and respond to new and exciting opportunities, while supporting future generations of learners.

Your gift makes a difference and ensures that Penn GSE remains dedicated to the power of possibility.

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  • Annual Fund Slideshow - Classroom

    A kindergarten teacher with students using crayons at a table

    Gifts to the Penn GSE Annual Fund enable the School to solve problems and improve education locally, nationally, and globally.

     

  • Annual Fund Slideshow - Student Government

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    The Penn GSE Annual Fund supports every student, faculty member, and program at the School.

     

  • Annual Fund Slideshow - Commencement

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    The Penn GSE Annual Fund gives us the flexibility to respond to new and exciting opportunities while preparing our students for lives committed to leadership and service.

     

Your support changes lives through education.

The people of Penn GSE create opportunity wherever they go—and the Penn GSE Annual Fund supports every student, faculty member, and program at the School. By supporting the Annual Fund, you can change lives through education.

  

Penn and GSE recognize supporters for their generosity and consistency through the following 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 Penn GSE Annual Fund, donors are automatically inducted to the Benchmark Society.

The Benchmark categories are as follows:

  • Sustainer: 25+ years (combined or consecutive)
  • Benefactor: 15 to 24 years (consecutive) 
  • Patron: 10 to 14 years (consecutive)
  • Friend: 4 to 9 years (consecutive)   
  • Member: 3 years (consecutive)  

 

Penn GSE logo with “Benchmark Society: Loyal Giving to the GSE Annual Fund” written beneath it

The Benjamin Franklin Society

The Benjamin Franklin Society (BFS) is Penn’s prestigious leadership giving society. For the first time, recent Penn 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
Penn shield next to the words “Benjamin Franklin Society: Leadership Annual Giving"

 

For questions regarding your annual fund gift, membership level, or upcoming events please contact Erin K. Chambers, Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship at erinkch@upenn.edu or by phone at (215) 746-6882.

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Patricia Grant, GED’01, GRD’04

Grateful to her school, Patricia Grant, GED’01, GRD’04, gives to the Penn GSE Annual Fund, investing in students with a variety of talents and backgrounds.