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Penn State Raises More Than $296,000 On #GivingTuesday

The donations are in and the final number is tallied; Penn State’s participation in #GivingTuesday was a success for the second consecutive year.

As part of the event, Penn State asked the community to stand up as part of the national initiative for people to show compassion by giving to the university to “channel the philanthropic spirit of the Penn State family.” Penn Staters certainly did not disappoint — the 1,376 donors who participated in the day of giving totaled a final tally of $296,727, which is more than twice as much as last year’s total.

Penn Staters were able to give to any vein or initiative of the university, but three areas saw significant attention. Penn State’s libraries raised $31,807, which will be used to purchase textbooks that will be housed in the libraries for student use. Penn State’s Mont Alto campus collected $12,571 that will support the school’s 12 varsity sports programs as well as club cheerleading. Lastly, the Levi Lamb and Bridge to the Future Funds collected 305 gifts to benefit student athletes. Additionally, student-athletes and staff logged more than 100 volunteer hours on Tuesday.

“The university offers many thanks to every Penn Stater who made a gift on #GivingTuesday, helping to support the students, faculty, and programs that matter most to them,” said Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Rod Kirsch. “Not only will these gifts help to make Penn State an even stronger university, but they also show what our community is capable of achieving when we all act together.”

It wasn’t just alumni and staff who got in on the fun, however. Penn State students accounted for more than $1,800 of the total, and companies Pepsi and Alcoa matched their donations to double the amount given to the university.

“In their broad support for #GivingTuesday, our students, graduates, faculty, staff, and friends have given us yet another reason to be Penn State proud,” Kirsch said. “During this season of gratitude and giving, I’m thankful to be part of a community where the spirit of philanthropy is so alive and well.”

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Lexi Shimkonis

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