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August 28, 2014

Featured Organization: Penn State

Featured Organization: Penn State

Penn State’s first college site was built on 200 acres of land donated by a local gentleman farmer and ironmaster. Today, the university has expanded to operate 24 campuses and a teaching hospital, established in 1967 from a gift from Milton S. Hershey. With its roots grounded in philanthropy, Penn State has partnered with Advancement Resources for 10 years to cultivate a culture of philanthropy across the university.

Working closely together, we’ve developed custom-designed philanthropic education plans that directly address Penn State’s needs. More than 1,400 participants including development professionals, academic leaders, medical professionals, nurses, and volunteers have attended workshops. In 2012, Advancement Resources was extremely honored to celebrate our 1,000th workshop with the Penn State development team.

"The professional training relationship we have forged over the years with Advancement Resources has proven to be a rewarding investment for Penn State. The willingness on the part of Advancement Resources to work with us to tailor courses to our specific needs has allowed us to provide educational philanthropic programming at a level not easily found elsewhere and at a quality which would be difficult for us to replicate on our own."

"Furthermore, the staff at Advancement Resources are talented professionals who have a friendly and genuine approach. We couldn’t be more pleased with the relationship we have developed over the years with Advancement Resources and look forward to an ongoing and productive affiliation well into the future.”

— Dave Lieb
Associate Vice President
Penn State University

Penn State's Philanthropic Strategic Plan:

Development Professionals

  • The Art and Science of Donor Development (10 sessions)
  • The Art and Science of Donor Development Checkup (2 sessions)
  • Overview of The Art and Science of Donor Development (3 sessions)
  • Strategies and Tactics for Donor Development (3 sessions)
  • Coaching to The Art and Science of Donor Development (2 sessions)
  • Coaching and Conflict Resolution for Managers
  • Foundations in Philanthropy
  • Supporting a Culture of Philanthropy


  • Volunteers: Contributing to Successful Fundraising

University and Academic Leadership

  • Insight into Philanthropy
  • Leadership Retreat
  • Philanthropic Practices for Faculty
  • Breakthrough Performance for University Leadership
  • Insight into Athletic Philanthropy

Medical and Healthcare Professionals

  • Insight into Medical Philanthropy (7 sessions)
  • Philanthropic Practices for Medical Professionals
  • Nurses: Continuing Care

(2) Comments

Sophie Penney, PhD
on 09/21/14
The Advancement Resources training in which I participated while a staff member at Penn State was top notch. The staff were knowledgeable, supportive, warm, and witty. I still quote many of their principles today, particularly "It's not about me."

Joe Golding
on 08/29/14
The people of Penn State are wonderful professionals and we are deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve them and the University. Joe K. Golding Chairman & CEO Advancement Resources

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