Private Giving
Penn State Intercom......April 5, 2001

University ranks highest
in nation in alumni giving
ĄThese figures reflect the generosity of our alu

For the fourth year in a row, Penn State has been named the nation's top-ranked university in the number of alumni donors, according to an annual survey released in March by the New York-based Council for Aid to Education.

For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, a total of 71,423 alumni made gifts to the University totaling $50.7 million. Harvard University was second, receiving donations from 66,138 of its alumni. The University of Michigan ranked third, with 65,102 alumni donors.

"These figures reflect the generosity of our alumni and the deep pride they have in the University's accomplishments, as well as their ongoing faith in its direction and future," said President Graham B. Spanier. "This good news also is a result of the dedication and hard work by the volunteers and professional staff involved in our Grand Destiny capital campaign."

The Grand Destiny campaign, which began in 1996 and is scheduled to end June 30, 2003, aims to raise $1 billion in private support to strengthen the University's overall mission of teaching, research and service.

Penn State first emerged at the top position of the council's report in 1997, with 66,072 alumni making donations, edging out Harvard University by 78 donors. The 1999-2000 report has Penn State leading Harvard by 5,285 donors.

Leading the Way

The Faculty and Staff Campaign 2001


"When I was an undergraduate, advanced ROTC helped prepare me for combat and survival as GrandDestinyCyana paratrooper in World War II. After the war, the GI Bill and again Penn State -- with a three-quarter time assistantship -- made it possible for me to complete my graduate field of study, and Penn State offered me a position as assistant professor of botany in 1950. For the next 28 years it was my privilege to serve the University in teaching, research and extension. Also, two of our children are Penn State graduates. Is it any wonder that my wife, Libby, and I would want to support Penn State enthusiastically in my retirement years?"

-- Leon Kneebone, a member of Penn State's class of 1942, joined the University faculty in 1950 and is now professor emeritus of botany and plant pathology.

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