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The commitment to remain a top-ranked public research university needs an increased number of endowments to recruit talented faculty to lead research and teaching initiatives. Recruiting among major research universities for the best and the brightest continues to be extremely competitive and expensive.

Penn State's benefactors are as diverse as their endowments. While donors may establish these funds to perpetuate a special "cause" or interest close to their hearts, one common thread unites these special alumni and friends. In every case, this common thread is a profound and abiding commitment to the protection and endowment of Penn State's future.

The foresight and generosity evidenced by our benefactors today will perpetually shine through the endowment they each create. They become part of a rich tapestry of endowment tradition at the University-a legacy of caring individuals providing strength today to ensure the strength of Penn State for all time.

Alumni and friends who invest in Penn State through endowments can be certain that the philanthropy will benefit the University community far into the future. Named endowment opportunities are available in four strategic support areas; undergraduate, graduate, faculty , and program support. The Board of Trustees has established minimum support levels to guarantee that income will remain adequate to achieve the benefactors intent.

For more information about endowments, please contact the Penn State Berks Office of Development at 610-396-6058.