Philadelphia — The University of Pennsylvania officially launched a new capital campaign – The Power of Penn: Advancing Knowledge for Good – on April 12 with Penn President Amy Gutmann unveiling the goals and vision for the campaign to volunteer leadership at a special launch event. The four-year campaign, with a University-wide goal of $4.1 billion, will focus on raising resources to grow inclusion, spark innovation, and accelerate impact throughout Penn. All Penn schools and centers are part of the campaign.
At Penn Dental Medicine, The Power of Penn Dental Medicine fundraising and engagement campaign will support four key areas. They include building resources to:
- Produce the leaders of tomorrow through new scholarships and fellowship support for students, facilities improvements, and digital innovations.
- Invest in the research enterprise to help propel breakthroughs in oral health and interdisciplinary research.
- Address unmet oral health needs locally and globally. The campaign will expand community-based teaching experiences to improve access to dental care for vulnerable individuals and also build support for global initiatives.
- Build unrestricted annual funds for vital operations within the School.
Penn Dental Medicine’s campaign priorities received a boost during the campaign’s “quiet phase,” which extended from January of 2013 until December of 2017. During this period, more than $35 million of Penn Dental Medicine’s $55 million campaign goal was raised to complete the School’s Thomas Evans Building transformation, expand scholarships, and secure the first of a fleet of four new PennSmiles buses. Leadership at the dental school will be working to raise the final $20 million over the next four years.
“The Power of Penn Dental Medicine campaign will prepare our School to respond to the ever-changing opportunities and demands of the dental professional and enable us to continue to advance our mission of excellence in education, research, and patient care,” says Interim Dean Dana Graves.
The Power of Penn Dental Medicine Campaign will be led by Dr. William Cheung (D’81, GD’82), Chair of the Penn Dental Medicine Board of Overseers, and Dr. David Shen (D’79), also on the Board.
Learn more about the University’s full campaign at The Power of Penn: Advancing Knowledge for Good.