Game Onward: Penn Champions Club Sets New Annual Fund Record on way to Raising $22.9 Million in commitments and $31.2 Million in cash receipts during 2019-20 fiscal year.
PHILADELPHIA – The Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics and the Penn Champions Club achieved another record-setting fundraising year during the 2019-20 fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and concluding June 30, 2020. During that time, total cash-in for the Division was the highest in Penn Athletics history, finishing the fiscal year at $31.2M, surpassing the previous high of $23.4M set in FY17. The Penn Champions Club raised $22.9 million in commitments towards Penn Athletics’ highest priorities including annual fund support, endowment commitments, and capital projects. This marked the fourth straight year the Penn Champions Club has raised more than $20M in commitments.
Additional highlights of the 2020 fiscal year include the highest annual giving year in Penn Athletics history. Donors contributed over $7.2 million to help provide a world-class experience for Penn varsity student-athletes. Moreover, over 6,500 Penn alumni, family members and fans contributed during this fundraising year, the highest number of donors recorded in a single year, surpassing the high mark set just last fiscal year.
The extraordinary fundraising year helped the Penn Champions Club reach $180 million in total commitments through June 30, 2020 for the Game Onward Campaign for the Future of Penn Athletics, which will formally conclude in June of 2021. The funds raised for Penn Athletics are part of the University-wide campaign, The Power of Penn: Advancing Knowledge for Good.
“Game Onward underscores the fact that we are preparing our student-athletes to succeed beyond the playing field, beyond the competition, beyond the classroom – we are preparing them for their lives after Penn, where they will go on to become leaders in our communities and drive positive change in the world – and this has never been more important,” the T. Gibbs Kane, Jr. W’69 Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. M. Grace Calhoun said. “The Game Onward Campaign calls for the collective effort of our generous Penn Athletics community to support our student-athletes, both now, and in the future. During one of the most challenging economic climates in recent times, the Penn Athletics community came together in a powerful way – when the Division needed you most – and for that I am truly grateful.”
“The Penn Athletics community has proven itself once again to be extremely generous and committed to our mission of holistically developing our student-athletes and making a positive impact on current and future generations of Quakers,” Tim Folan, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development and Alumni Relations, said. “This group has consistently answered the call for meaningful support, and this past year, during a time of significant challenges, was no different. Penn Athletics supporters play a key role in shaping the future for Penn student-athletes through their generosity, so on behalf of our student-athletes, coaches and staff I offer my sincere gratitude. We are excited to take Penn Athletics to even greater heights with the help of our alumni, parents, and partners through the end of the Game Onward Campaign and beyond.”
The 2020-21 fiscal year is now underway. For those interested in learning more about supporting Penn student-athletes and the Game Onward Campaign, please contact the Penn Champions Club at (215) 898-4717 or visit http://gameonward.pennathletics.com.