"Penn Athletics has truly helped me make the most of my collegiate career: in sport, in academics, and in leadership. In addition, it has helped me develop and fortify relationships across the entire Penn Community that will undoubtedly last me the rest of my life. I know I speak for the rest of the student-athlete community when I say that I am incredibly thankful to our generous supporters who help make this possible."
President, Student-Athlete Advisory Council
Penn Track & Field
Athletics Annual Giving
- Sport Specific Varsity Funds
- Weightman Discretionary Fund
- Athletics Annual Giving Levels
- How to Make a Gift
The Penn Athletics varsity funds are essential to the current and long-term success of Penn’s nearly 1,000 student-athletes across all 33 of its intercollegiate varsity sports. Gifts are made directly to the overall sport program (i.e. – a gift would be made to Penn Basketball and not men’s or women’s basketball) and go to offset costs associated with academic services, mentoring and leadership programs, sports performance as well as sport specific operational costs, such as: team travel, recruiting, equipment, performance supplements and coaching salaries.
Annual giving creates a positive impact on the experience of current and future student-athletes while creating environments where they can become champions in the classroom, in the community and in competition. The financial contributions of Penn Athletics supporters advance the mission of Penn Athletics and provide a foundation for our student-athletes during their time at Penn and well into the future.
The University appropriates roughly 40% of the entire athletics budget creating an overwhelming need for philanthropy to help close this financial gap. We encourage all athletics donors to make annual giving to a specific sport program a priority.You have the opportunity to designate your annual gift to one of 18 sports programs.
Dedicated supporters of Penn Athletics are often interested in providing financial support to the Weightman Discretionary Fund.
All gifts to the Weightman Discretionary Fund are “unrestricted” and may be utilized at the discretion of the Director of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics for unforeseen costs and one-time expenditures that assist in the advancement of University of Pennsylvania Athletics.
Previous uses of the Weightman Discretionary Fund include:
Athletic Facilities Master Plan
Budget short-falls across Penn’s 33 intercollegiate sports
Implementation and execution of Penn Athletics mentoring program
Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) operational costs
Department wide events
Unique equipment needs across all sports
Unique needs for Sports Performance and Sports Medicine
Penn Champions Club Membership
Penn Champions Club membership begins with a gift of at least $100 to a varsity annual fund. Young alumni classes of 2011-2016 are eligible for Penn Champions Club membership beginning with a gift of $50.
R. Tait McKenzie Society (RTM)
Named for Penn's first Professor of Physical Education (1904-1929), the R. Tait McKenzie Society is Penn Athletics' leadership giving society. It is comprised of former student-athletes, Penn alumni, current and former Penn parents, and fans of varsity and club athletic programs.
Any individual whose total giving equals or surpasses $2,500 to the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics in a given fiscal year is eligible for entry into the RTM Society. Those who direct their gift to a varsity annual fund, supporting the daily experiences of Penn student-athletes, also qualify for the University’s Benjamin Franklin Society (BFS), please click here to read more about the BFS.
Members of the R. Tait McKenzie Society are eligible for hospitality access at all home football games, including food and beverages one hour prior to kick off through halftime.
In fiscal year 2016, over 620 households were members of the R. Tait McKenzie Society. If you would like to join the R. Tait McKenzie Society, please click here to make a donation online or call the Penn Champions Club at 215-898-4717.
Above the Rim (ATR) Member
Above the Rim is Penn Basketball's hospitality opportunity for donors who make leadership gifts to Basketball. Like the R. Tait McKenzie Society, ATR is comprised of former student-athletes, alumni, current and former parents, and fans of Penn basketball.
Any donor whose total giving to Basketball equals or surpasses $2,500 in a given Fiscal Year is eligible for entry into ATR hospitality. ATR Hospitality is offered one hour prior to tipoff through halftime and includes food and beverages.
Charitable contributions can be made with credit cards online at www.PennAthletics.com/SupportAthletics or over the phone at 215-898-4717. To make a gift by check, please make the check made payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania with the varsity program you would like to support in the memo field. You can mail checks to the following address:
Penn Champions Club
235 South 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104