Giving Tuesday and the Class of 1993 Giving to Penn (78 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

The Penn Fund Giving Tuesday #LovethePennFund

Today, November 29, 2016, is Giving Tuesday, a day for global giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

On this #GivingTuesday, I encourage you to consider a donation to The Penn Fund. The Penn Class of 1993 has always been generous in giving back to Penn, and I hope we can continue that tradition, as the Penn Fund hopes to secure 500 alumni donations today.

Senior Class Gift

Our senior year, 603 classmates donated to our Senior Gift Drive, raising $14,190.02 in support of Penn and our class project, the Class of 1993 Endowed Scholarship. This was a 27% participation rate, a record-setting level of engagement (almost 150 more donors than 1992, the next closest year).

I was on the Senior Class Gift committee, and I remember the many meetings we had deciding on our class project and working to secure as many gifts as possible from fellow classmates. I found this note from our Gift Drive co-chairs Stephanie Fish and Lincoln Singleton in my pile of ’93 memories.

The Penn Fund Class of 1993 Senior Class Gift at the University of Pennsylvania

Letter from Senior Class Gift co-chairs Stephanie Fish and Lincoln Singleton

Stephanie shared her memories of co-chairing the Senior Class Gift Drive with Lincoln:

“I do remember working with Lincoln who was always full of energy and enthusiasm. I remember that we had great participation from our class, and I was very excited to hand over the big check on Alumni Day. I think that I felt that it was important to give back to Penn because I really had such a great four years–interesting classes, wonderful friends, and lots of new experiences. I wanted to make sure others could have that same great experience. Giving back is my way of saying thank you. It also makes it possible for the next generations to have these great opportunities.”

University of Pennsylvania Class of 1993 Senior Class Gift Drive Committee

Class of 1993 Senior Class Gift Drive committee photo from our yearbook – see if you can spot Penn President Sheldon Hackney in the back!

Reunion Giving

Since our senior year, we have continued to set records, still holding records for overall ($3million) and scholarship ($2.35million) fundraising in our 15th reunion, and unrestricted fundraising ($1.127million) in our 20th reunion. Thank you for your continued generosity to and support of Penn!

Penn Class of 1993 20th reunion check with planning and gift committees

Our 20th reunion planning and gift committees pose with our donation check at our 20th reunion party on May 10, 2013.

Penn Class of 1993 planning and reunion committees with gift check

More planning and gift committee members pose with our 20th reunion check on May 10, 2013

Penn Class of 1993 pose with Penn President Amy Gutmann and The Penn Fund Class of 1917 Award

Planning and gift committee members pose with President Gutmann at the annual President’s Volunteer Reception in May, 2014, with the Class of 1917 Award that we won based on our donations for our 20th reunion.

Giving Tuesday – Donate to The Penn Fund

Please join me in making a gift to The Penn Fund today. Your gift helps to support today’s Penn students, primarily through financial aid and by addressing the immediate needs to bolster the undergraduate experience. Your support WILL make a difference. To make a gift, please use the special Giving Tuesday Giving Page:

Show your support by posting on social media with the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #LOVEthePennFund. You can also share an #UNselfie that shows why you choose to give back to Penn.

The Penn Fund Giving Tuesday #LovethePennFund

*Thank you to Rachel Swartz Robinson, Class Giving Director, 25th and 30th Reunions, The Penn Fund, for sharing the Class of 1993 giving stats with us!

Penn Class of 1993 Reunion Countdown

The weekend of November 11-12, 2016 marked 78 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! Join us we countdown the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us!
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

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