“Not a day goes by that I don’t feel the effects of my time at Arts and Sciences. My ability to analyze and problem-solve comes from there,” says Adam Levin, C’05, WG’09, as he reflects on the transformative experiences of his undergraduate years at Penn Arts and Sciences, where he majored in English.
Levin is a Benjamin Franklin Society Founder and has the distinction of being a BFS member every year since he graduated with his bachelor’s degree. In 2016, he established the Adam P. Levin Arts and Sciences Challenge Fund, which provides matching funds to gifts made by new donors, or those who increase their commitment, to the Arts and Sciences Annual Fund. When a donor makes a commitment of $1,500 per year for five years, the Challenge Fund contributes $1,000 to each year’s gift for a total impact of $2,500 per year, which then qualifies the donor for membership in the Benjamin Franklin Society.
Levin created the challenge as a way to encourage young alumni to deepen their philanthropic relationship to the University. “Many young alumni want to support Penn but think they should wait until they are older,” he says. “I hope this challenge inspires more young alumni to step up and support Penn Arts and Sciences annual giving.”
To Levin, annual giving is a vital resource because it provides a flexible source of funding that allows the school to “innovate and reinvent” as the world changes around it. “I wouldn’t want Penn to stay the same. Today, it is an even better version of itself. Gifts to the Annual Fund help make that possible.”