Penn Champions Club Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Penn Champions Club?

The Penn Champions Club (or PCC) is thedevelopment and alumni relations arm for Penn Athletics. It has been designed to positively impact Penn student-athletes and Penn athletic supporters. The Penn Champions Club’s main goal is to provide student-athletes the resources they need to be champions in the classroom, in the community and in competition, while providing donors unparalleled experiences.

What are the goals of the Penn Champions Club?

The ultimate goal is to continue the Penn Athletics mission of holistically developing our 1,000 student-athletes by providing them a world-class educational and athletic experience. We will accomplish this by creating a more robust community of Penn Athletics supporters who share the common bond of helping execute against the department’s priorities. The Penn Champions Club is the chief vessel that will help us achieve this.

What is the impact of my gift to Penn Athletics?

Your donation directly impacts the experience of Penn’s nearly 1,000 student-athletes. By making a contribution to your desired area of the Penn Champions Club, you help support areas of need such as academic support, travel, equipment, recruiting, sports performance, sports medicine and in some cases general athletic department expenses.

How do I make a gift to Penn Athletics?

To learn more about the many different ways to make a gift to Penn Athletics, visit

Is my contribution to Penn Athletics tax deductible?

Yes. All gifts to the Penn Champions Club are tax deductible, but please always consult your tax advisor.

When is the best time to make a gift to Penn Athletics?

Today! Please consider making a gift today to support Penn’s 1,000 student-athletes.

Is the Penn Champions Club “giving year” the same as the calendar year?

No. The “giving year” runs concurrent with the University’s fiscal year, which begins July 1 and ends June 30.  Making a gift during that timeframe makes you a current donor.

In addition, gifts must be post marked December 31 at the latest to qualify as being tax-deductible for a given calendar year.

Can I direct my support to a specific sport(s)?

Absolutely! One of the more impressive things about Penn is that it offers 33 Varsity sports and we have incredible alumni, parents and friends that have developed strong affinities for an individual sport(s). Under the Penn Champions Club brand, any donor to the Penn Athletics annual fund will still be able to direct his or her support to the sport(s) of their choosing.

Do non-annual fund gifts to Athletics count for membership in the Penn Champions Club?

The lifeblood of Penn Athletics is the annual fund. Your annual gift(s) across our 33 sports goes to offset the operational costs associated with running a competitive Division I program, so we heavily encourage all our donors to first make a gift to the annual fund before making a donation to a capital project, endowment fund, or a planned gift. That said, any gift to athletics will make the donor(s) eligible for membership in the Penn Champions Club.

Do my gifts to Penn Athletics annual funds qualify for the Ben Franklin Society (BFS)?

Yes. All gifts directed toward annual funds will count toward the baseline minimum of $2,500 to be considered a BFS member. All gifts made toward capital projects, endowments and other non-annual funds do not count toward BFS membership.