Volunteer Resources

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“We Are” Penn State because of people like you.

As a volunteer with the Division of Development and Alumni Relations, your dedication of time, talent, and vision drives our University to be better every day. To help you navigate your role at Penn State, we’ve created this webpage—a place where you can find campaign information, meeting agendas, and other documents, links, and materials needed to support your volunteer responsibilities. Our goal is to help you as you help us shape a bright future for Penn State. Thank you for your partnership!

To put it simply, volunteers are the lifeblood of Penn State’s fundraising efforts. The unique and diverse perspectives they bring-as alumni, donors, parents, and industry and community leaders-are invaluable to our University.”


Mark your calendars!

Volunteer Summit and Campaign Celebration for A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence

Friday, April 20, 2018

Details coming soon!

General Documentation

The files below are useful for us all in working through our volunteering efforts.

Unit-specific Volunteer Documentation

Please access the documentation specific to your group.


Central Programs

Colleges & Units

Penn State’s volunteer fundraisers are invaluable partners and essential in helping to fulfill the University’s land-grant mission of education, research and service. Private gifts from alumni and friends enrich the experiences of students both in and out of the classroom; expand the research and teaching capacity of our faculty; and enhance the University's ability to recruit and retain top students and faculty. These efforts are an important component of ensuring that students from every economic background are afforded the unique opportunity to have a Penn State education.

Volunteer News

Registration Open for the Official Penn State Tailgates

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The 2017 football season has begun, and you can join the excitement and cheer on your Big Ten champion Nittany Lions on the road. Join the Penn State Alumni Association for a convenient gameday experience at each away game and register for the official Penn State Tailgates.

University names Rick Sokolov as chair of Penn State fundraising campaign

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As Penn State moves forward with A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, a fast-paced, five-year fundraising campaign which launched in July 2016, the University has named Richard “Rick” Sokolov as campaign chair. As of September, Sokolov will lead the University’s corps of fundraising volunteers and assist Penn State leadership in advancing the campaign goal of securing $1.6 billion toward the key imperatives of a great public university.

Alumni Jack and Jeanette McWhirter named the 2017 Philanthropists of the Year

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has named John “Jack” and Jeanette Dachille McWhirter, both alumni and longtime supporters, its 2017 Philanthropists of the Year for their support of programs across the University. The award, which was presented last month, recognizes individuals or couples who have demonstrated exceptional generosity in the promotion and support of Penn State.


For information on how to become a volunteer or other volunteer-related questions, please contact Brenda Walker, Associate Director for Volunteer Relations at 814-863-5998.

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