Penn State Health and College of Medicine Celebrate Campaign Success

HERSHEY, Pa. — Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine eclipsed their fundraising goal, raising $315.96 million and helping the University achieve record success in its recently concluded six-year campaign, “A Greater Penn State for 21st Excellence of the Century June 30 marked the end of the most successful campaign and the most successful fundraising year in the institution’s history. College of Medicine represents a new high in campaign fundraising and a transformative investment of nearly 575,000 alumni, friends, corporate partners and others in its mission to improve health through patient care, education, research and community outreach.

“The spirit of generosity we’ve seen in our organization and our community is astounding,” said Steve Massini, CEO of Penn State Health. “Throughout the campaign, our donors have helped us grow even during the darkest days of the pandemic. They helped us expand our children’s hospital, build a new interfaith chapel, and establish the Penn State Cancer Institute’s Cancer Resource Education and Assistance Center – or CARE – within Hershey Medical Center. . Donations supported lifesaving equipment at our community hospitals and covered the costs of a new ambulance and isolatettes for the Life Lion fleet. Thanks to the support of so many people, Penn State Health has a very bright future. This is good news for the thousands of people we serve each year, and we are truly grateful to them.

The campaign, which began in 2016, focused on the three key imperatives of a 21st century public university: keeping the doors of higher education open to hard-working students, regardless of their financial well-being; create transformative experiences that go beyond the classroom; and impacting the world by serving communities and fueling discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Through their extraordinary support, our donors have recognized the tremendous potential of our faculty, students, and staff to improve human health,” said Dr. Kevin Black, acting dean of Penn State College of Medicine. . “In just six years, donors have more than doubled our scholarship endowment and provided essential resources to recruit and retain top faculty in many disciplines. The educational impact of this campaign is significant: reduced student debt, new teaching tools and strategies, stronger research collaborations, development of new therapies, and increased access to cross-cultural training and community outreach initiatives. Words cannot express our deep gratitude for all the ways our alumni and friends have made the College of Medicine greater.

Within Penn State Health and the College of Medicine, key campaign giveaways and priorities included:

  • Over $165 million raised for children’s health by Children’s Miracle Network, Four Diamonds and THON – and through donations made directly to Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.
  • A $25 million gift from Highmark Inc. to advance research, education and care at the Penn State Cancer Institute.
  • More than $54 million for research from existing funds and 36 new endowments to support discovery in various fields or to advance medical innovation.
  • More than $47 million for specialty care and clinical programs that benefit patients and families across the healthcare system.
  • Over $18 million for medical, graduate, and physician assistant scholarships, including the John E. Morgan Foundation’s largest College of Medicine scholarship gift of $4 million and more $7.5 million raised through three scholarship matching initiatives, including the university-funded Education Equity Scholarship Matching Program which generated 15 new scholarships.
  • A $5 million gift from Peter and Marshia Carlino to support inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research, faculty support and patient care, and naming the Carlino Family IBD Center.
  • Donations to establish 30 new endowments to support faculty, fellows and residents in at least 18 medical disciplines, including faculty positions such as the Chester Ray Trout Chair in Pediatric Surgery, the Children’s Miracle Network and the Four Diamonds Chair in pediatrics, the Cullen/Tombros Early Career Professorship and Robert and Gail Zelis Career Development Chair
  • A $2 million commitment from the PNC Foundation to support Penn State Startup Week, Penn State PRO Wellness, the Four Diamonds Mini-THON Leadership Summit, and the establishment of the PNC Community Health Impact Endowment.
  • Nearly $7.5 million to improve facilities and equipment, including a $5 million gift from the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation to support the Hospital’s three-story expansion to children; a $1 million commitment from Di and Dallas Krapf to build a new interfaith chapel at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; an anonymous $1 million donation to support construction of the Penn State Cancer Institute’s CARE Center; support from the Giorgi Family Foundation for an advanced PET/CT scanner for the Joseph Medical Center; and sponsorship of original and diverse artwork commissioned for Hampden Medical Center

“Over the past six years, I have been privileged to watch the Penn State Health and College of Medicine community – faculty, physicians, students, administration and staff, alumni and friends – come together to overcome unprecedented challenges. and achieve unprecedented success,” said Peter Tombros, volunteer campaign chair. “I am grateful to all the donors and volunteers who embraced our leaders’ vision and gave their time, talents and treasures to improve human health, and I am proud of the transformative impact we are having. had together.”

“Whether through financial donations, volunteerism or simply words of encouragement, every act of generosity has made a difference in this campaign,” added Kelly Altland, Associate Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “The contributions of our donors are impressive by any measure, but the myriad ways in which their generosity impacts people’s lives can never be fully measured.

Details of the campaign’s accomplishments, as well as results from individual Penn State colleges and campuses, are available at Stories about the impact of philanthropy at Penn State Health and the College of Medicine can be found at

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