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Campus Philanthropy Fall 2014

The fall 2014 issue of Campus Philanthropy, the annual news magazine for benefactors of Penn State New Kensington, is available online.

The 12-page, four-color publication recaps the recently-concluded seven-year “For the Future” campaign. Highlights include: campus campaign raising $3.8 million, nearly 130 percent of its goal; 50th anniversary celebration; charter members of the arch Society; Alcoa as inaugural Corporate Partner of the Year; technology building named after former campus executive office Robert Arbuckle; Alle-Kiski Society doubling it $26,000 pledge; and Chancellor Kevin Snider’s five-year strategic plan.

The lull before the next Penn State campaign allows Penn State New Kensington to focus on campus-specific initiatives for the next few years. These initiatives include renovation of the Forum Theatre and a new softball field at the Alcoa Technical Center. Alumni and friends are encouraged to continue their generosity, especially during the fourth annual Penn State Day of Philanthropy that is set for Tuesday, Dec. 2. The event is intended to raise awareness of private giving’s impact on the University and its students. For more information, contact Donna Speer, director of development, at 724-334-6057 or dms46@psu.edu.

To receive a hard copy of the newsletter, call 724-334-6049 or email uxw1@psu.edu

To view the fall e-edition, visit  Campus Philanthropy Fall 2014 (pdf)





Goal: $3,000,000
Total Raised: $3,810,678
Percentage of Goal Raised: 127 %
Campaign Recap:

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Keeping a Penn State education affordable for families of modest means by increasing scholarship support is the campaign’s top priority. At its heart, this is a campaign for Penn State students—to enable the next generation, and all the succeeding generations, of our graduates to realize their full potential as individuals to sustain their families, advance their professions, and contribute to our country’s strength. It is also a campaign to enable Penn State to realize its full potential as an institution to create prosperity, keep our nation competitive, and enhance quality of life. With an unprecedented goal and an unprecedented scope, this historic fundraising effort is a campaign For the Future.
For more information, please contact Donna Speer, director of development, dms46@psu.edu or 724-334-6057.

To give online, https://secure.imodules.com/s/1218/index.aspx?sid=1218&gid=1&pgid=658&cid=2321 online.
Please designate "Penn State New Kensington Future Fund"




Gifts of Cash
Gifts of cash are the most straightforward method for giving. Credit cards and online gift form is available at: https://secure.imodules.com/s/1218/index.aspx?sid=1218&gid=1&pgid=658&cid=2321.

Electronic payroll deduction forms for your employer are available at:

Donors generally qualify for a tax deduction on their year-end taxes.
For more information, please contact Donna Speer, Director of Development,
dms46@psu.edu or 724-334-6057.

Stocks and Securities
Securities that have grown in value while a donor has owned them can often result in special tax savings. In most cases, a donor may avoid capital gains taxes by donating them to Penn State New Kensington. For more information on donating gifts of stock, securities, or other investments, please contact Donna Speer, Director of Development,
dms46@psu.edu or 724-334-6057.

Corporate Matching Gifts
Corporate matching gifts are a great way for Penn State alumni, parents, and friends to maximize personal contributions to the University and increase the impact of their gift. By taking advantage of a company's matching gift benefit, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of a contribution.

Many corporations and businesses in our local area have a matching gift program. Each company has its own guidelines for employees, spouses, retirees, and widows/widowers. Most corporate procedures can be done in three easy steps:

Request a Matching Form or website from your company.
Complete and submit the form, electronically or on paper, to Penn State along with your gift.
The company issues a matching gift contribution to Penn State.
Please send completed forms along with your personal gift to:
Donna Speer
Penn State New Kensington
Office of Development
3550 Seventh Street Road
New Kensington, PA 15068

For more information, please contact Donna Speer, Director of Development,
dms46@psu.edu or 724-334-6057.

Planned Gifts
Planned giving is often a cornerstone in a University's long-term fundraising priorities. These gifts are usually deferred, meaning they are arranged now and fulfilled later. Planned gifts frequently benefit a donor and their family by providing additional income and offering immediate tax advantages. Examples of planned gifts include donations made through a donor's will or retirement plan, charitable gift annuities, and charitable remainder trusts. For more information on the many planned giving options, please contact Donna Speer, Director of Development,
dms46@psu.edu or 724-334-6057.  

Highlands, Burrell, Oakmont, Fox Chapel and New Kensington Area Partner on Endowment
Five Rotary clubs in the Alle-Kiski Valley joined forces to establish the $50,000 Rotarian Trustee Scholarship at Penn State New Kensington. The scholarship was announced Oct. 23 at Oakmont Country Club during the 75th anniversary celebration of the New Kensington Area Rotary Club. In attendance was Sakuji Tanaka of Japan, who is serving a one-year term as president of the International Rotary.

The five local rotary clubs--Highlands, Burrell, Oakmont, Fox Chapel and New Kensington Area –as well as several individual donors, created the endowment to assist local area students with their chosen career paths. Robert Arbuckle, former campus executive officer at Penn State New Kensington and past district governor of the Pittsburgh Area Rotary Clubs, spearheaded the initiative. Arbuckle has been a member of the New Kensington Area club since 1975.

Hannah McBean, an adult student at the New Kensington campus, opened the anniversary celebration by singing the national anthems of the United States and Japan. McBean is a published author, poet, singer/songwriter, radio host, and motivational speaker. Her book, “Silent Spring,” features inspirational poetry that she uses in her motivational speeches. A junior in the Organizational Leadership program, she expects to graduate in 2014 and begin a start-up company that addresses issues of at-risk children. The Organizational Leadership program is designed for adult learners such as McBean, a wife and mother of six children. The program’s flexibility allows her to take traditional classroom instruction and to study online from home.

Rotary International is an organization whose main objective is service in the community, in the workplace, and around the world. There are more than 34,000 Rotary clubs and 1.2 million members located in nearly every country around the globe. Open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and not affiliated with any political or religious organizations, the clubs volunteer in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation conditions, and eradicate polio.

CAMPAIGN UPDATED: Campus Reaches $2.2 million
The campus is poised to reach its goal of $3 million for the "For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students." For the fiscal year ending June 30, we have raised $2.2 million which is 73 percent of the total. Overall, Penn State has raised $1.6 billion, nearly 80 percent of the total. "For the Future" is a University-wide effort to raise $2 billion by June 2014.

"With a year and a half  remaining in the campaign, we are on track to reach our goal.,” said Donna Speer, New Kensington's director of development.

The campus' campaign objectives are designed to create educational, cultural, and economic opportunities for the region, specifically the Alle-Kiski Valley community. The main objective is to build a campus of the future that enriches the experiences of students beyond the classroom.

"The campaign is about students and the community," said Kevin Snider, chancellor of the campus. "Our donors aren't just making the dream of a Penn State degree a reality for students; they also are investing in the future of western Pennsylvania."

Ensuring student access and opportunity through scholarship support is one of the objectives for the overall campaign. The five key objectives of the campus campaign mirror those of the University's campaign. They are:

-- Ensure Student Opportunity: Students with the ability and ambition to attend Penn State will have this opportunity through scholarship support.

-- Enriching the Student Experience: Students will thrive in a stimulating atmosphere that fosters global involvement, community service, creative expression and personal growth.

-- Fostering Discovery and Creativity: Students and faculty members will come together within and across disciplines to pioneer new frontiers of knowledge.

-- Sustaining a Tradition of Quality: Students will continue to work and study with faculty whose scholarship is enhanced by continuing philanthropic support.

-- Building Faculty Strength and Capacity: Students will study with the finest teachers and researchers.

The campus' fundraising goal is the most ambitious total in campus history. Patrick and Mardelle Kopnicky, residents of Natrona Heights, Pa., are leading the campus committee charged with securing the $3 million in new support.

“Supporting Penn State New Kensington has been deeply rewarding for us, and we hope to encourage other friends of the campus to join us in making sure that it can continue to offer a wonderful educational experience to students from every economic background,” said Mardelle Kopnicky, who earned a bachelor of science degree from Penn State in 1964.

“This campaign is an incredible opportunity for Penn Staters to make a difference for future generations, and we are eager to connect with those who share our belief in the future of the New Kensington campus," said Patrick Kopnicky, a 1966 Penn State architecture alumnus.

 "For the Future" marks Penn State's third capital campaign since the Campaign for Penn State began in 1984. That effort raised $352 million in six years to support a variety of academic initiatives. The Grand Destiny campaign, from 1996 to 2003, raised $1.37 billion. New Kensington surpassed its Grand Destiny goal of $1.8 million, and a majority of the funds were allocated for endowed scholarships, equipment and building projects.

The Office of Development at Penn State New Kensington works in partnership with alumni, students, faculty, staff, advisory board and the community to meet the fundraising goals set forth by the University while also working toward a greater awareness and appreciation for the New Kensington campus and its many economic and cultural contributions to the region.

Patrick and Mardelle Kopnicky, residents of Natrona Heights, Pa., are leading the campus committee charged with securing $3 million in new support for the campus by June 2014.

The Kopnickys, who met as students at University Park, have been married for 44 years, and they are lifetime members of the Penn State Alumni Association. Their daughter, Aimee Kopnicky Marmol, earned her Penn State degree in premedicine in 1992. The couple is now retired. Patrick was principal architect for Kvaerner Metals in Pittsburgh, and Mardelle was owner of Kopnicky Nationwide Insurance in Brackenridge. Though neither attended Penn State New Kensington, they became involved with the Alle-Kiski Society, a regional chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association based at the campus, in the 1980s. Both served terms as president of the society.

"Through the Alle-Kiski Society, we found that Penn State New Kensington and its students, alumni, parents and staff are a very special family of individuals, and they remain as such to this day, " said Mardelle. The Kopnickys have offered their financial support as well as their time and energy to the campus, providing annual gifts to scholarships for many years and creating the Patrick and Mardelle Sacco Trustee Scholarship in 2008.

“We are proud to be able to offer scholarships to Penn State New Kensington students,” said Mardelle. “We see scholarship support as a way of honoring our parents who enabled us to attend Penn State. And in the Penn State tradition, by giving a gift that will keep on giving, we are investing in the future of our community.” The Kopnickys have served as leaders for a number of organizations in the region. Mardelle is the past president of the Allegheny Valley Chamber of Commerce and Allegheny Valley YMCA, and Patrick is the past president of the Council of Friends of Harrison Hills Park. In 1994, they were recognized for their community service by the Penn State Alumni Council.

The Kopnickys succeed Barbara Arnold and Robin Rarie as co-chairs of the campus campaign. Arnold and Rarie, both Penn State graduates and members of the campus advisory board, headed the two-year private phase of the campaign, which began in 2007.






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Donna Speer, Director
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Tina Sluss, Staff Assistant

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