THON organization announces new fundraising restrictions

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UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — More fundraising restrictions have been announced for Penn State’s THON.

The organization is banning any fundraising that requires out-of-town travel. The ban comes after students were involved in multiple, but relatively minor, car accidents while canvassing.

“We recognize that this decision raises concerns and will be a transition for all stakeholders,” THON 2019 executive director Kelly McCready and THON 2020 executive director Regina Duesler wrote in the statement. “THON is committed to providing opportunities for involvement and fundraising to our volunteers, alumni, and supporters despite these changes. With this decision, we recognize the need to provide alternative fundraising methods in order to engage all THON volunteers and stakeholders.”

This is just the latest change in fundraising restrictions. The organization previously banned canning in an effort to keep all volunteers safe and encourage more sustainable forms of fundraising.

THON’s 2020 fundraising window opens July 1.

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