Simplifying fundraising to increase diversity and access to higher education
Founded in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League university located in Philadelphia, PA (USA). Penn's long-term vision is encapsulated in its Compact 2020, which articulates three institutional priorities: Inclusion, Innovation and Impact. The vision for Inclusion focuses on making premier-quality higher education, very expensive in the US, available and accessible to all admitted applicants regardless of financial need. Penn accomplishes this by a no-loan financial aid policy.
This requires a disciplined and creative fundraising strategy. Penn’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations and department of Information Systems and Computing recently re-created its Online Giving application in the cloud, taking advantage of availability and scalability benefits of the AWS platform, and using Talend Studio and Talend Cloud to manage the integrations between the cloud application and legacy on-premise ERP systems.
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