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What is Health and Human Development?

Diverse fields of study that share one
common goal: enriching the lives of others.

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Mission

To advance and support the College of Health and Human Development’s mission and strategic priorities by providing opportunities for meaningful engagement of our internal and external constituencies through communication, alumni outreach and philanthropic investment.

Critical Functions

  • Major gift fundraising and office oversight (Kathleen Rider)
  • Alumni and Affiliate Program Group (APG) programming, events, and engagement (Brent Hurley)
  • Endowment awarding and management, gift acknowledgement and donor communications (Rebecca Moran)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a major gift? icon-olus-circle

A philanthropic gift of $100,000 or more given to the University.

Do you raise money to help with my research? icon-olus-circle

We enjoy interacting with faculty and learning about new research areas, projects and ideas and encourage you to first talk with your department head to discuss your funding needs. The development office focuses on soliciting private gifts from individual alumni and friends. If you have questions or need assistance with identifying funding opportunities from foundations or corporations, we can connect you with the University’s Corporate Engagement office or Foundation Relations office.

How can I meet alumni and friends of the College or get involved in alumni programming? icon-olus-circle

Alumni and friends of the College enjoy interacting with our students, faculty and staff in a variety of ways including: Guest speaking in the classroom; participating as volunteer on our Philanthropy Council, Alumni Society Board or Affiliate Program Group (APG); or attending a College or University event. Faculty are also frequently featured in alumni programming. For a list of opportunities, contact Brent Hurley.

Whom should I contact if I have a lead on a potential donor? icon-olus-circle

Please contact one of the development team members who can work with you on a strategy for how to engage the prospect.  Some of our largest gifts have been secured because of a faculty member’s identification of or relationship with a potential donor.  Below are the fundraising liaisons for each department:

Kathleen Rider:  CSD, HPA, RPTM, PGM

Adrienne Krasowitz:  KINES, HDFS, SHM, NUTR

How can I make a gift to support the College? icon-olus-circle

Penn State Faculty and Staff Giving Information

Faculty and staff giving plays an important role in ensuring the College’s success and can also influence gifts and grants from corporations and foundations, which consider faculty and staff giving rates when determining their own support for Penn State.  Gifts of all sizes are important and Penn State offers monthly payroll deduction for those who may be interested.

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Personnel List

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Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Adviser to Penn State Meetings and Events Club
HHD Staff Advisory Council
Summary Statement

Serves as the lead college liaison to Affiliate Program Groups (APGs), recruiting APG leaders, and working with APGs to strategically develop programming that engages alumni.  Serves as a representative to the HHD Alumni Society and its board of directors.  Plans and executes

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  • Alumni
Director of Alumni Relations
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  • Alumni
Director of Major Gifts
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  • Development
Donor Relations Specialist
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  • Development and Alumni Relations
Director of Donor Relations
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  • Development
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
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  • Development
Development Assistant
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  • Development