Building Foundations, Finding Frontiers

Supporting the Arts & Sciences Annual Fund


Direct, flexible support

In a world of increasing complexity, the disciplines that make up the arts and sciences open the doors for inquiry, understanding, and progress. Penn Arts & Sciences provides the foundation for students across the University, and our mission to advance the depth and breadth of a liberal arts education and the pursuit of knowledge is the intellectual core that sustains Penn.

Annual funds are a vital companion to endowment support. Annual gifts can be used as they come in, allowing for flexibility and investment in emerging priorities.

In 2020, 600 donors gave $1.1 million to the Arts & Sciences Annual Fund, providing spendable funds equal to the income of a $22 million endowment. Gifts to the Arts & Sciences Annual Fund are put to immediate use, supporting every aspect of the School’s mission, including:

MEETING THE FINANCIAL AID GAP. Penn Arts & Sciences’ financial aid endowment covers only a small fraction of the amount needed to support our all-grant aid packages.

SUPPORTING INNOVATIVE TEACHING. Our faculty are constantly responding to the needs and interests of our students, and flexible funds allow for new course development and research opportunities.

FUNDING INNOVATIVE FACULTY RESEARCH in areas including energy and sustainability, brain and mind studies, and the digital humanities.

The Arts & Sciences Annual Fund supports:


students in the College


doctoral students




research centers


undergraduate Majors


Doctoral programs

For Henry Hung, C’21, learning isn’t enough—he wants to share ideas and get excited about them. That’s why he co-founded Penn Philosophy Society, co-chairs the Penn Manuscript Collective, and participates in Penn’s Philosophy for the Young Project. The political science and philosophy double major says that talking with a diverse group of classmates who share his passions is an inspiring experience.

In 1949, Madeleine Joullié was the only woman in Penn’s graduate chemistry program. Seventy-two years later, she’s recognized as a leader in the field of synthetic chemistry and is beloved and respected by generations of students. She’s still at Penn and still doing research because, she says, “I still find the same things interesting. When I get up, I want to go do chemistry.”

Herman Beavers is a poet, scholar, teacher, and lover of music. All of these attributes are at play in his work—from critical studies of Toni Morrison to jazz-inspired poetry chapbooks to building courses that emphasize community. At the center of it all, he says, are students. According to him, “It’s critical that we help them navigate both the world they’re leaving here, and the one that they’re walking into—and that they always have a voice.”


Giving Opportunties

The Arts & Sciences Annual Fund is the most direct way to support the School and our commitment to the future and the power of the liberal arts. By providing immediate, unrestricted funds, you support access to a Penn Arts & Sciences education and innovative learning, research, and teaching opportunities for our students and faculty.

Gifts of any size support the Arts & Sciences Annual Fund.


To learn more, contact Laura Weber, Assistant Vice Dean for Advancement, at or visit the Arts & Sciences Annual Fund website.