This award recognizes individuals, couples, or groups who have served as fundraising volunteers, teachers, or mentors while demonstrating exceptional commitment and leadership in building philanthropic support for The Pennsylvania State University.
Hintz Family Honored as Penn State’s 2015 Fundraising Volunteers of the Year
To Ed Hintz ’59, Helen Hintz ’60 and the Hintz family for their transformative gifts to unique purposes across the University, from the Presidential Leadership Academy and the Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden to the Hintz Family Alumni Center; and for providing exemplary support for student scholarships and faculty endowments.
The Alumni Center also stands as a permanent testament to the generosity of Ed and Helen Hintz and their family, whose lead gift funded the construction of the building, and whose lifetime of philanthropy has transformed areas across the University. Ed and Helen’s generosity has been—and continues to be—an expression of their belief in family, community and education.
Their philanthropy also has reflected their lifelong commitment to their alma mater. As students, Ed and Helen were involved in a range of activities on campus, including student government, fraternity and sorority life, and the Lion’s Paw and Mortar Board societies. Inspired by their Penn State experiences, the couple began giving back early in their college careers. Ed made a two-dollar gift to support studentathletes in 1957, while still completing his business degree. A year after Helen graduated from what is now the College of Health and Human Development, she contributed six dollars to the same fund. The Hintz family stands among the most generous supporters in Penn State’s history.
“We hope to instill this spirit of philanthropy in as many Penn State students as possible,” said Ed, “so that the next generation can continue what we’ve started.”
Ed and Helen’s generosity has been coupled with a vision for Penn State’s future that has helped to guide the direction of the University. “My parents have bled blue and white their entire lives,” said their daughter Virginia “Ginny” Hintz Remmey ’93. “They’ve made significant financial investments in Penn State, but they have also been incredible leaders in contributing their time.”
Ed and Helen have been vital supporters and inspiring volunteers for their respective academic colleges, the Smeal College of Business and the College of Health and Human Development, making gifts to new facilities and numerous student and faculty endowments. Their support of scholarship needs across the institution has continued this creative spirit. As an example, students who are likely to discontinue their Penn State education for financial reasons are selected from a group presented to the Office of University Development to receive financial assistance through the Hintz Scholarship for Encouragement of Student Success.
In addition to all of this, the Hintzes have also given countless hours of service to the University as a whole.
Ed served as chair of Penn State’s Board of Trustees from 2001–04, after first joining the board in 1994; as chair of the Bryce Jordan Center Campaign; as chair of the Grand Destiny fundraising campaign from 1996–2000; and as a member of the Campaign Executive Committee of For the Future: the Campaign for Penn State Students from 2007–14. Penn State honored Ed with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1987, and he was also named a Penn State Alumni Fellow by the Smeal College of Business in 1982. He earned an MBA from Harvard University in 1963 and serves as president of Hintz Capital Management, Inc.
Helen was named Fundraising Volunteer of the Year in 2006 for her service through Penn State’s first two fundraising campaigns, The Campaign for Penn State and A Grand Destiny, as well as the Investing in People initiative. She served as a member of the Campaign Executive Committee during For the Future: the Campaign for Penn State Students. She holds a master of science degree in nutrition from New York University in 1987.
Ed and Helen Hintz reside in Chatham, New Jersey, and they have three daughters, Ginny, Lisa, and Kathryn, all of whom have been involved in the family’s gifts through the years. “We support one another as a family, and Ed and I have always tried to cultivate an appreciation for giving back in our daughters,” said Helen. “None of us goes through life solo.”
The prospect of impacting future generations and setting an example for others has served as motivation for the Hintz family’s generosity and involvement at Penn State. In 2009, these considerations drove their decision to endow the Presidential Leadership Academy with a gift of $5 million. Today, the program cultivates in some of Penn State’s top students the same qualities of volunteerism and citizenship that have characterized Ed and Helen’s involvement with their alma mater.
For Ed and Helen, the program has been a highlight of their giving. “My parents truly enjoy working with the students and learning about their individual experiences,” Ginny said. “That’s been extremely rewarding for them.”
In 2012, Ed and Helen committed $2.65 million to support the construction of the Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden in The Arboretum at Penn State. In conjunction with the project, which Ginny called a personal love of her mother’s, Helen traveled the country to research similar gardens. Now, thanks to their philanthropy and involvement, the Children’s Garden brings children and families together to share an appreciation for the natural world. Like the Hintz Family Alumni Center, the Arboretum has become a landmark destination for Penn Staters of all ages— and an embodiment of the Hintz family’s own love for their alma mater.
“We have invested a lot in the University, but we get a lot back,” said Ed. “We have made extraordinarily good friends here, and we have had a great experience at Penn State.”
Fundraising Volunteers of the Year, 2002 – 2014
- 2014 - Linda Gall
- 2013 - David and Ann Hawk
- 2012 - Mr. Robert E. Fenza
- 2011 - Mr. William A. Jaffe
- 2010 - Mr. John J. Curley
- 2009 - Mrs. E. Lee Beard
- 2008 - Mrs. Jane W. Zimmerman
- 2007 - Mr. Edward P. Junker III
- 2006 - Mrs. Helen Skade Hintz
- 2005 - Mr. Bruce R. Miller
- 2004 - Mr. David W. Reese
- 2003 - Mr. Robert Klein and Mrs. Judith Auritt Klein
- 2002 - Mr. Arthur J. Nagle and Mrs. Paige L. Nagle