Frequently Asked Questions

“By donating to the Wharton Fund, not only are you paying forward the incredible experiences we’ve all had here as generations have done before us, but you’re also helping ensure that Wharton continues to be recognized as a top business school capable of offering a wealth of exciting programming for its students, which is crucial to preserving the Wharton Brand for us all after we graduate.”

Viraj Patel, WG’17

“By donating to the Wharton Fund, not only are you paying forward the incredible experiences we’ve all had here as generations have done before us, but you’re also helping ensure that Wharton continues to be recognized as a top business school capable of offering a wealth of exciting programming for its students, which is crucial to preserving the Wharton Brand for us all after we graduate.”

Viraj Patel, WG’17

Why is it important to support The Wharton Fund?

The Wharton Fund helps cover the 44 percent of Wharton’s operating costs not met by tuition. It provides resources essential to the excellence of the education Wharton provides and to the global strength of the Wharton brand.

How is Wharton Fund support used?

The Wharton Fund advances every aspect of Wharton’s mission and operation, with investment in the latest instructional technology, cutting-edge student programming, influential faculty research, updated facilities that foster student learning, lifelong learning and career services for alumni, and so much more. Everything Wharton does The Wharton Fund supports.

What is the Benjamin Franklin Society?

The Benjamin Franklin Society is the University’s leadership unrestricted annual giving group. Leadership giving to The Wharton Fund starts at $2,500 (with an exemption for recent graduates, 0-4 years out, at $1,000). Philanthropy at this level has been fundamental to the School since the founding gift from Joseph Wharton in 1881. Visit Wharton’s Benjamin Franklin Society website to learn more about its importance, impact, and levels of giving.

Who benefits from gifts to The Wharton Fund?

All of Wharton benefits from your generosity. Every Wharton student—graduate and undergraduate—benefits from resources The Wharton Fund provides, as do all Wharton faculty. Gifts to The Wharton Fund truly has a global reach, supporting Wharton’s campuses in Philadelphia and San Francisco, international research and education opportunities, and the dissemination of Wharton’s thought leadership across the business landscape.

If I can make only a modest gift, is it still worth doing?

The power of The Wharton Fund is in participation, and gifts at every level—from $100 to $100,000—are vital to its success. In addition to helping The Wharton Fund reach its dollar goal, high levels of participation in unrestricted giving are a key indicator of the strength of the institution, influencing rankings and decision-makers considering other major forms of support.

Why is unrestricted giving important?

While endowed gifts are important, unrestricted funds—funds Wharton can use when and where the School needs most—are vital. The Wharton Fund allows the administration to respond to immediate needs and opportunities that may arise and continually builds the School’s financial foundation. It provides the broadest possible base for alumni and friends of the School to participate in supporting Wharton.

Why did I receive a request for support from another University of Pennsylvania school or center as well as a request from The Wharton Fund?

If you hold multiple academic degrees or have an affiliation with other schools or centers at the University, you might receive solicitations for their respective annual funds, programs or other initiatives. Each school and center funds its own operating budget.

Does my gift to Wharton subsidize the University?

Your entire gift to The Wharton Fund will benefit Wharton directly.

I am giving from outside the U.S., how can I give?

If you live outside the United States and are considering a gift to Wharton, please visit Penn’s Giving from Outside the U.S. website. If you are a taxpayer in one of the following areas, please visit our country-specific giving pages before making your gift.

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