Kelli Gardner

  • Assistant Director of Stewardship
Kelli Gardner
235 Ag Administration Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-8627

“My job is about making sure donors feel appreciated, as they should be, and keeping them engaged by doing the little things that count.”


Kelli Gardner joined Penn State in 2008 as a staff assistant in the university’s Gift Planning Office after working for the Big Brother/Big Sister Program of State College, other non-profits and a law firm. She became the development assistant in the College of Agricultural Sciences in 2010 and two years later was named assistant director of stewardship. She oversees endowments and annual funds; makes sure gift agreements are followed and donors are thanked; assists college departments and programs in their stewardship efforts; and supports the college’s gift officers by providing publications, reports and more to help them connect with donors. Kelli hales from Long Island, NY and has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and social work from Lock Haven University.