William Penn Society
The William Penn Society, named in honor of Penn Charter's founder and honoring key leaders and milestones in the school's history, recognizes leadership gifts to the Annual Fund. Members of the William Penn Society will include parents, OPCs, parents of OPCs, grandparents and friends – at the following levels.
Richard Mott Jones Benefactors: $50,000+
Richard Mott Jones, head of school from 1874 to 1917, helped reorganize the school from a network of small schools into a college preparatory school for boys and initiated the move from Center City to the campus on School House Lane.
John Flagg Gummere Patrons: $25,000-$49,000
John Flagg Gummere, known respectfully and affectionately as "the chief," was a scholar, renowned educator and head of school from 1941 to 1968.
Hannah Callowhill Penn Council: $15,000-$24,999
Hannah Callowhill Penn, William Penn's second wife, is credited with keeping the colony of Pennsylvania running during her husband's ill health.
Charles Thomson Circle: $10,000-$14,999
Charles Thomson, head of school and Latin teacher from 1755 to 1760, was secretary of the Continental Congress during the American Revolution.
Anthony Benezet Guild: $5,000-$9,999
Anthony Benezet, one of America's first abolitionists, started the first school for African American students and left that school to the Overseers in his will, with a small stipend to keep it going.
Welcome Associates: $3,000-$4,999
William Penn's two-month journey to America began in Deal, England, on the 150-foot ship Welcome. The Welcome landed first in what is now New Castle, Del., finally stopping in Chester, Pa., on Oct. 28 or 29, 1682.
1689 Founders: $1,689-$2,999
Members of the William Penn Society include parents, OPCs, parents of OPCs, grandparents and friends who make a gift of $1,689 or greater.
Clock Tower Society: for Young OPCs $16.89+ and $168.90+
A new leadership giving society for young OPCs within 10 years of graduation. OPCs from 0-5 years from graduation lead with a gift of $16.89 or more, annually. OPCs from 6-10 years from graduation lead with a gift of $168.90 or more, annually. Membership benefits include free admittance to regional receptions, networking events with OPC professionals and special invitations to the Color Day luncheon and more.