Those individuals who choose to include the College of Education in their planned giving recognize not only the current needs of the College, but its future needs as well. When arranging such a gift, you will receive membership to the Atherton Society, named for the University's seventh president George Atherton who sought to ensure Penn State's future and continued prosperity.

To officially become a member of the Atherton Society, notify the Office of Gift Planning (214 103 Building, University Park, PA 16802) via written documentation that you have included the College of Education in your planned giving, regardless of the amount.

Planned gifts include:

  • A bequest in a will or living trust
  • A charitable gift annuity
  • A charitable lead trust
  • A charitable remainder trust
  • A remainder interest in a home, farm, or other property
  • Designation of Penn State as the beneficiary of a retirement plan or a life insurance policy

Members of this society will receive specialized updates and publications from the University, as well as ongoing invitations to our Homecoming Brunch in the fall and our annual Leadership Dinner in the spring.

More information pertaining to the Atherton Society can be found on the Giving to Penn State Web site.

You may also want to read The Atherton Society online brochure.