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 October 37, members of the Purdue Foundation Student Board will be informing students about the ways in which private giving creates scholarships, builds state-of-the-art facilities, and launches programs.

Monday, October 3

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.

The "Why Give?" Initiative Kick-Off: ​Join PFSB students in front of the Class of 50 Lecture Hall and on the southeast corner of the Engineering Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or in front of the Union from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to learn more and to pick up a free cookie.

Tuesday, October 4

Opportunities Day: Stop by the Memorial Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to grab an "OpportuniKey" and try your luck at unlocking the prize box. Will you walk away empty handed? Not a chance! You will gain a wealth of knowledge about how private giving affords students many amazing opportunities including scholarships, study abroad experiences, and fellowships. You'll also get to keep the snazzy key chain! And don't miss the chance to give your selfie arm a rest while you share opportunities you've experienced during your time at Purdue in our free photo booth.

Wednesday, October 5

Tag Day: Be sure to look for PFSB students outside of Smith Hall, Krannert, or Forney from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as they share the impact private giving has had on many of the beautiful buildings and spaces throughout campus. Pick up a free phone pocket as you learn how these areas were made possible through the generosity of private donors. Can you imagine Purdue without Ross Ade Stadium?!

Thursday, October 6

Freeze the Day:  ​Join PFSB students in front of the Class of 50 Lecture Hall and on the southeast corner of the Engineering Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn just how much of Purdue's costs are covered by tuition and how private giving helps build a better, stronger Purdue. Be sure to grab a free freeze pop to help ease the pain from your mind being blown!

Friday, October 7

Day of Gratitude/Class Cab: Today's the day to show your appreciation to our donors for all they've done to help make Purdue and our experience here amazing! From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at either the southeast corner of the Engineering Mall, the Loeb Fountain, or outside Wetherill, come grab a doughnut and write a quick note of thanks to our extraordinary supporters. Look for the PFSB student tables, and share your gratitude!

Then come to the Memorial Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to take a spin in the Class Cab! Think cash cab, but with golf carts. Ride around the Mall in style while Purdue celebs test your knowledge from the week. Popcorn will be popping and prizes will be up for grabs. This is one event you don't want to miss!

Did you know?

  • Last year alumni and friends gave a record-high $70.3M to support our student experience.
  • Just 36% of Purdue's operating costs are covered by tuition.
  • 174 named professorships have been endowed through donor support.
  • 24,115 Purdue students are impacted by scholarships established through donor support.
  • 50 campus buildings and spaces have been made possible, at least in part, through private giving.
  • Last year more than 2,300 study abroad experiences were provided through private giving.
  • Last year $3.9M was donated to support undergraduate research.