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Development

When you choose to give to Widener, you show your appreciation for the institution, faculty, and friendships that helped to shape your life. 

You show your support for current students and help them receive the resources they need to compete in today’s world. Your gift inspires them to become engaged citizens who will enrich our communities, nation and the world.  And you show your belief in Widener’s future and all that we have yet to accomplish.

The Office of Development is here to help you identify the Widener giving opportunities that best suit your goals, passions and priorities. Whether you are interested in supporting the university and its students through an annual gift, a major gift, a planned gift, or some other initiative that matches your unique situation, the staff at the Office of Development looks forward to working with you to channel your philanthropic vision to shape the future of this great university.

Thank you for your interest in giving back to Widener!

Please contact the Development Office by calling 610-499-1160 or click here for a staff directory.

What's New

Freedom Hall
Freedom Hall
Classrooms and studios are full of activity in this new state-of-the-art facility. Freedom Hall will establish Widener as a leader in the fast-growing areas of communication, informatics, and computer science.
Senior Class Gift
Senior Class Gift
Everyone is welcome to show their support for the Class of 2014 by contributing to the Senior Class Gift.  Funds raised will go to the Widener Fund which supports student financial aid. The Senior Class Gift will be presented to University President Jim Harris during commencement.  Please give now.
Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
Initial fundraising efforts have begun for the creation of a Widener/PMC Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame will shine the spotlight on some of the amazing students and coaches who have brought academic and athletic honor, recognition and distinction to our institution.   

Campaign Progress
Campaign Progress
Widener is entering a bold new era, and the support of alumni, parents, and friends is what moves the university forward. We have already passed $57 million of our $58 million goal.
Promising Futures Initiative
Promising Futures Initiative
Widener University has taken the lead in addressing the national problem of student debt and now designates all gifts to the Widener Fund to support financial aid. 
Inaugural Class of Oskin Leaders Named
Inaugural Class of Oskin Leaders Named
Sixteen sophomores were selected for the inaugural class of Oskin Leaders.  The Oskin Leadership Institute was made possible through a gift from David '64 and JoEllen Oskin and their late son, David. 
Meet the Class of 2013
Meet the Class of 2013
Click to see the video
Thanks to the support of alumni, friends, and family, the Class of 2013 is ready to take on the world. 
A Gift from You
A Gift from You
Click to see the video. Thank you for your support of the Class of 2014. They have so many reasons to smile, so many reasons to be proud, and so many reasons to be grateful.

Who Gives

Dan Borislow '84
Dan Borislow '84
Alumnus Dan Borislow '84 established memorial scholarships to Widener in honor of victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Vito Verni '61
Vito Verni '61
Vito and his wife Marylou are members of the Moll League of the Widener’s Lifetime Giving Society.  Induction into the Moll League indicates cumulative lifetime gifts to the university of $100,000 to $249,000. 
Honor Roll of Donors
Honor Roll of Donors
Thank you to all our donors from FY2012!

READ THE LATEST HONOR ROLL OF DONORS HERE.
George '92 and Nancy Hassel
George '92 and Nancy Hassel
George Hassel '92, Associate Vice President for Compliance and Risk Management, and his wife Nancy are longtime givers to the university, but Taking the Lead ~ the Campaign for Widener inspired them to step up their giving and endow a scholarship in their name. 
Cynthia Sarnoski '74
Cynthia Sarnoski '74
Widener Board of Trustee member Cynthia H. Sarnoski '74 , endowed a science faculty fellowship which was recently awarded for the first time to Dr. Hemlata Mistry, who will use fruit flies to engage in research on spinal cord injuries. 
Jeanne Gelman, Professor Emerita
Jeanne Gelman, Professor Emerita
A faculty member in the nursing department for 24 years, Jeanne Gelman demonstrates her heart-felt commitment and respect for the mission of the university and its students by giving generously to Widener. 
Phil Martelli '76
Phil Martelli '76
head coach of the St. Joseph’s University basketball team, credits his Widener education with making him a better student, coach, community leader, and person.
Tim Speiss '83, '89
Tim Speiss '83, '89
has shown his support of the university and students in the School of Business in countless ways, one of the most significant is his creation of the Timothy P. Speiss Endowed Fund for the Promotion of Responsible Global Business Principles.
James Mack '85
James Mack '85
Jim Mack and his wife Debra Kurucz have given multiple gifts in support of the campaign.
Savas  and Liz Ozatalay
Savas and Liz Ozatalay
School of Business Dean Savas Ozatalay and his wife Liz made the generous decision to endow a scholarship.  Their gift will help remove a financial obstacle for a student in need.
Marye O'Reilly-Knapp
Marye O'Reilly-Knapp
earned her doctorate in nursing from Widener in ’91 and later returned to the university as a faculty member. 

Why Give

Athletics
Athletics
are an integral part of the Widener experience. Sponsorships and contributions from former athletes, parents and friends of the university are instrumental in keeping our teams strong.
Widener Partnership Charter School
Widener Partnership Charter School
There is no more shining example of Widener University’s commitment to  the City of Chester and its residents.
Amir Farag '16
Amir Farag '16
When you give to the Widener Fund, you support the Promising Future of students like Amir Farag '16.  Amir grew up in Chester and is determined to use his education and experience to give back to his community. He majors in computer science and is inspired by the faculty and mentors he has met at Widener.
 
Samina Martin '13
Samina Martin '13
When you give to the Widener Fund, you support the Promising Future of students like Samina Martin '13.  Samina is vice-president of her sorority and active in the Pride Mentor Program, where she helps freshmen to get the most out their Widener experience.
Spencer Ng '15
Spencer Ng '15
When you give to Widener, you invest in the Promising Future of students like Spencer. This biochemistry/pre-med student plans on a career as a primary care physician working with low-income patients.