Impact Stories

When it comes to giving, it’s the people who count.

Every gift to Penn State starts and ends with a person. And while we measure campaign progress by the dollars raised, we measure impact by the stories, ideas, and possibilities that exist because of giving.

Faces of Philanthropy: Taylor Machuga

For Taylor Machuga, graduating with a degree from Penn State was a childhood dream. But in her senior year, unexpected personal hardships and financial need suddenly put a degree out of reach.

Taylor Machuga with the Penn State Nittany Lion at Beaver Stadium.

Read about how Complete Penn State, and the support of an Open Doors Scholarship, helped this recent graduate turn the dream of graduation day into a reality.

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Karla Trotman

In between leading her family business and raising a family, Karla Trotman ’98 Bus believes that there is always time to give of one’s self in small ways.

“Penn State needs more people to volunteer and give of their unique and special gifts. No effort is too small. No check is too small. No amount of time is not enough.”

2020 Year-End

Even as a global pandemic and a national economic downturn unfold, Penn State’s alumni and friends have continued to support the University at unprecedented levels.

Donors committed more than $381,323,670 in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, continuing a three-year streak of record-breaking commitment totals.

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Jenn Bauer

From student and research assistant to staff member and adjunct instructor, Jenn Bauer has held almost every role possible at Penn State. And now—as a Women’s Philanthropy Advisory Board member—she is using her experience to engage volunteers in new ways and design creative philanthropic opportunities.

Read more about Bauer’s dedication to Penn State students—and to playing a role in creating a more inclusive University community.