The Purdue Foundation Student Board gives select Purdue students the opportunity to assist the University Development Office in preserving Purdue's legacy and educate students about the impact of philanthropy.

Why Give?

The “Why Give?” Initiative is a week-long campus event highlighting the value and impact of private giving at Purdue University and the many benefits and opportunities we as students are granted because of it. Through this initiative, you can show your appreciation to loyal Purdue donors.


Schedule of Events:

Throughout the week of February 15-19, members of the Purdue Foundation Student Board will be informing students about the ways in which private giving creates scholarships, supports eminent faculty, builds state-of-the-art facilities, and launches programs.

Monday, February 15

Look for us on social media! Purdue Foundation Student Board, @GivingtoPurdue, and @LifeAtPurdue social media accounts will send out notices of the week’s events in which you can take part.

Tuesday, February 16

Named Professorships Day: At Armstrong Atrium and Memorial Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Krach Leadership Center from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., PFSB students will host games of musical chairs—and hand out cookies—as they share what it means for faculty members to hold a named professorship and how many named professorships are privately funded at Purdue. 

Wednesday, February 17

Opportunities Day: Stop by the atrium in Stewart Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the chance to win a gift card or other Purdue gifts in an event called “OpportuniKey”—highlighting the student opportunities such as scholarships, study abroad, and undergraduate and graduate fellowships that private giving makes possible.

Thursday, February 18

Named Buildings Recognition: Check out signs and gift tags on buildings across campus that have been made possible through private giving! From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can grab a complimentary cup of hot cocoa at the PFSB table between the bell tower and the Wilmeth Active Learning Center construction site.

Friday, February 19

Day of Gratitude: From 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Armstrong Atrium and the Block P Mall, students will have the opportunity to write thank-you notes to donors to express appreciation for what private giving does for Purdue. Look for PFSB students at tables and express your thanks! Free doughnuts will be available for those who participate.

Did you know?

  • Last year alumni and friends gave $67.7M to support your overall Purdue student experience.
  • Just 33% of Purdue's operating costs are covered by tuition.
  • 136 Purdue professorships have been endowed through donor support.
  • Private philanthropy has raised $6.2M to date for endowed scholarships through the Purdue Affordability Scholarship Challenge.