The Power of Penn Campaign is about opportunity that transforms lives, ideas that spark solutions, and action that changes the world.

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Our faculty and students put Penn-generated knowledge into practice every day. Discover the many ways their pathbreaking work is making a profound impact on the lives of individuals and the well-being of communities around the world.


The Social and Structural Toll of COVID-19

Alison Buttenheim, a behavioral epidemiologist at Penn’s School of Nursing, and Carolyn Cannuscio, a social epidemiologist at Penn Medicine, agree; social distancing is the most effective strategy for stopping the spread of COVID-19. In a special episode of the Penn Nursing podcast Amplify Nursing, Buttenheim and Cannuscio joined forces to speak out on why communities need to practice social distancing... Read More

Committed to Inclusion

Some of the world’s best and brightest students aim their sights at an undergraduate education at Penn, but many lack the resources to embark on this journey. Penn graduates Jon Gray, C’92, W’92, and Mindy Basser Gray, C’92, are stepping in to help. This month, the University of Pennsylvania announced a $10 million gift from the couple, which will support... Read More

Perennial Pride in Penn

Support for Penn comes in all shapes and sizes. Since 1955, the Benjamin Franklin Society, the University’s leadership annual giving group, has been a beacon of engagement for Penn alumni, parents, and friends from all walks of life. Celebrating its 65th anniversary this fiscal year, the Benjamin Franklin Society (BFS) recognizes donors who have made gifts or pledges of $2,500... Read More

Big Data Helps Shape Patient Care

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has rallied behind healthcare workers—to both protect and support this critical community that continues to save lives in the face of personal danger. Now more than ever, it’s essential to understand how this workforce of nurses, doctors, and other indispensable personnel can be more effective through scientific research. Research for the... Read More

A Worthy Home for a World-Class Collection

For centuries, Jewish communities in the United States have made indelible contributions to the character of American life. A series of gifts from Arnold and Deanne Kaplan, totaling $12 million, have helped shape the University of Pennsylvania Libraries as a leader in preserving this history and sharing it with the world. The Kaplans’ donations to the Penn Libraries, given over... Read More

Guided by the Arts

For nearly half a century, the Annenberg Center has served as a nexus of creativity for the University of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia. This year, a new influx of support promises to strengthen the Annenberg Center’s impact and build new connections with communities throughout the region. 2020 marks the inaugural year for the Center’s new Brownstein Residency for... Read More

2020: The Year of the Nurse and Midwife

“For the sick it is important to have the best.” Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, wrote these words in 1855. They ring as true in 2020—a year designated as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization, honoring the bicentennial of Nightingale’s birth. Both then and now, the best health care relies strongly on... Read More

Looking Ahead to Momentum 2020

The women of Penn are changing the world for the better. Penn alumnae include CEOs, University presidents, Oscar and Pulitzer winners, judges and attorneys; the list goes on. They are pushing boundaries, changing perspectives, and creating a stronger world for the students of tomorrow. This year, Penn is celebrating their achievements—and anticipating their impact on the future—through Momentum 2020: The... Read More

Creating a Lasting Legacy

Carol Curley, WG’81, serves as Chief Investment Officer of Charian Ventures and Managing Director at Golden Seeds, an early-stage investment firm that focuses on women entrepreneurs. She knows the importance of spaces that encourage creativity, innovation, and collaboration—all key components for a successful young business. She also knows how those spaces create meaning and memories. That is why she chose... Read More

Securing a Platform for Healthcare Innovation

The PennHealthX innovation program serves as a launchpad for students in the Perelman School of Medicine, supporting innovative ideas in health care and opportunities for professional development. Now, a generous gift has secured the future of this program for years to come. In November, Roderick Wong, M’03, endowed the PennHealthX program with a $6 million donation, one of the largest single... Read More

Through the Power of Penn we will

Create Spaces that Drive Solutions