Central Penn College - Education Foundation - Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Giving & Alumni Involvement

Explore below to find answers to all of your questions about the Central Penn College Education Foundation.

Find a question that isn't answered? Feel free to contact the Foundation Executive Director, Matt Lane at (717) 728-2263 or mattlane@centralpenn.edu.

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What is the role of the Central Penn College Education Foundation?

The Central Penn College Education Foundation is a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to raise funds to support Central Penn College students through scholarships. Central Penn College, like other educational institutions, is faced with rising tuition costs. Many of our students may not have the opportunity to attend college without financial assistance. In fact, approximately 90% of Central Penn students receive some sort of financial aid.

We realize there is an immediate need in responding to the financial challenges of worthy students who wish to attend Central Penn. To continue the College's tradition of offering the quality of a private, career-focused, student-centered education at an affordable price, the Foundation must continue to be successful in raising private support. 

Are my contributions to the Foundation tax-deductible?

All gifts made to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law, as is the case with any other 501(c)3 charitable organization.

How does the Foundation raise funds?

The Foundation's fund-raising, investment, and scholarship disbursement programs are reviewed quarterly by a board of trustees. The Foundation sustains its fund-raising program through the following areas: annual giving, planned giving, major and special campaigns, corporate giving, foundation giving, and fund-raising events.

Where exactly do my contributions go?

All contributions are made through the Foundation and are focused on providing scholarship support for deserving students at the College. If you choose a special designation for your gift, it will be used in the area that you specify. If your gift is unrestricted, your donation will be placed in the foundation's scholarship endowment or annual fund. 

Who really benefits from my contribution?

Students benefit from all gifts made to the Foundation.

Can I spread my giving over several years?

You always have the option of making a pledge over an extended period. We recommend three to five years - unless a longer period would allow you to underwrite a larger project.

How do I find out whether my company matches gifts?

Normally, a company's human resources department will have that information and supply you with the forms you may need. Then, the Foundation Office will verify your giving so the transaction can be completed. 

Who manages the endowment funds of the Foundation?

The Foundation Board of Trustees has a service agreement with M&T Investment Group. The board has the final determination on all investment decisions. 

Will I receive recognition for giving?

Gifts made to the Central Penn College Education Foundation are recognized in a variety of ways. The College's alumni magazine, distributed to approximately 8,000 alumni and friends of Central Penn, regularly publishes scholarship fund lists and periodically publishes donor lists. Gifts also have been recognized via the Foundation's Annual Report & Honor Roll, the College's community e-newsletter, Community Central, and through press releases to local media.

Donors also have the option of remaining anonymous, should they choose. 

Are there campus named gift opportunities available?

Yes. It is the intent of the Foundation's board of trustees and the college president to recognize significant contributions on Central Penn's campus. Please contact the College's president or foundation director to discuss which campus naming opportunity best fits your interest. 

Are there special alumni events? When are they?

Yes, the College's alumni association coordinates events on and off-campus for alumni gathering and networking. To learn more, contact Michelle Meiser '93 at 717-728-2312 or michellemeiser@centralpenn.edu.

Alumni are always welcome at Central Penn to tour the academic buildings and arboretum, the historic Boyer House, and Henszey's 1869 wrought iron bridge. For information, contact Linda Buffington, Assistant to the President at 717-728-2237 or lindabuffington@centralpenn.edu.

All alumni are invited to attend the College's networking receptions. For more information contact Career Services Director Steve Hassinger at 717-728-2262 or stevehassinger@centralpenn.edu.

Does the college have an alumni and friend magazine? How can I receive it?

The PennDulum magazine, published twice per year, helps Central Penn graduates stay connected. It presents opportunities for alumni, friends, and community members to assist current and future students, and get involved in the life of Central Penn College. For questions, comments, or to be added to the distribution list, email letusknow@centralpenn.edu or call (717) 728-2263

Contact Us

Matt Lane - Foundation Executive Director

(717) 728-2263