Penn State Lehigh Valley Focuses on Textbooks for GivingTuesday 2021

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – For its annual GivingTuesday campaign, Penn State Lehigh Valley (PSU-LV) is calling on its supporters to help students struggling to meet the ever-increasing costs of textbooks and course materials.

This year marks the University’s seventh GivingTuesday celebration, which will begin early at 6:55 p.m. EST on Monday, November 29 – or 6:55 p.m. Military time, a nod to the year of Penn State’s founding – and will continue until midnight Tuesday. , November 30. With over 140 campaigns representing student organizations, alumni interest groups, and at least one project from each college and campus, this year’s event is the largest university-wide celebration in this day.

For its initiative, PSU-LV has launched a fund of textbooks and educational resources for students. Every dollar raised for the campaign will be used to purchase textbooks and other course materials for students in financial need.

The campus fundraising goal is $ 2,500. The first fundraisers have started and donations can be made at

“This new fund is important to our campus and our students so that we can ensure everyone has access to the materials they need to be successful in the classroom and throughout their academic career,” said Kate Ginnard, Acting Director of development at PSU-LV. “We want to keep students on track to graduation and removing financial barriers to textbooks and other course materials can do just that. “

“In addition to giving a freebie, we would like to ask our supporters to also consider sharing our page with their networks, via social media or other platforms, to spread the word. This will multiply the impact they will have on the campaign, ”Ginnard added, noting that those who wish to give a gift with a check or cash can contact her at or 217-710-1533.

Here are different ways to use contributions:

  • $ 10 for a communication style guide for a student in writing;
  • $ 25 for all materials for a student in an English class;
  • $ 50 for a manual for a course in security risk management;
  • $ 100 for a textbook for a course in bio-behavioral health or an organic chemistry course or to provide a graphing calculator for students in advanced mathematics courses;
  • $ 200 for a manual and a digital access code for an accounting course;
  • $ 300 for a textbook and a digital access code for a biology course;
  • $ 500 for all required course material for at least one student for the entire semester;
  • $ 1,000 + for all textbooks for multiple students each semester.

During this time, the following matchmaking opportunities are available from the University:

Matching Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) – Any donation of $ 5 or more made by a GOLD Penn Stater to a GivingTuesday campaign will be matched 1: 1 by the University up to $ 100. GOLD alumni include anyone who has graduated from the State of Pennsylvania within the past 10 years or since 2012.

Match of future donors: All alumni who make their first donation of at least $ 25 to the University for a GivingTuesday campaign will have their contribution increased by an additional $ 25 from the Peter Weiler Family Endowment in Advancement and Philanthropy.

The giveaways made on GivingTuesday 2021 will advance “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” a targeted campaign that aims to elevate Penn State’s position as a leading public university in a world defined by rapid change and global connections. With the support of alumni and friends, “A Greater Penn State” seeks to meet the three key imperatives of a 21st century public university: keeping the doors of higher education open to hard-working students, whatever their financial well-being; create transformative experiences that go beyond the classroom; and impact the world by serving communities and fueling discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship. To learn more, visit

For more information on GivingTuesday, contact the Annual Giving Office at 888-800-9163 or

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