About us

IST For The Kids strives to bring the College of Information Sciences and Technology community together to support the Penn State Dance Marathon and the Four Diamonds Fund. Through close partnerships among students, alumni, faculty and staff in the College, IST FTK will “Inspire Hope” by providing emotional and financial support.

IST For The Kids has eight chair positions, each of which are in charge of a specific facet of the organization.

Click here to read about this year's executive board

Click here to read about our past executive board members

  • Executive

    The Executive Chairperson is charged with running the overall organization and coordinating efforts between the other Chair positions.

  • Vice-Executive

    The Vice-Executive Chairperson is in charge of organizing and carrying out the logistics for each of the fundraising events and canning weekends.

  • Alumni relations

    The Alumni Relations Chairperson is responsible for contacting the College of IST Alumni Society to obtain financial and moral support for various fundraising activities. Additionally, this individual will seek out prospective corporate and private donors to support IST FTK.

  • Family relations

    The Family Relations Chairperson(s) is responsible for heading up the family relations committee. Currently we are working to get a THON family or pen pal. The FR chair will be in charge of communication and activities with our THON child and family.

  • Merchandise

    The Merchandise Chairperson is in charge of designing all of the gear that IST FTK sells, as well as promoting all of IST FTK’S alternate fundraisers.

  • Special events

    the Special Events Chairperson is charged with motivating IST FTK members to better pursue the mission of THON with videos, quotes, and anecdotes as well as organizing events to help members get to know each other better.

  • Technology

    The Technology Chairperson is in charge of updating and maintaining the website and other social media outlets so members will be updated on events on a consistent basis.

  • Finance

    The Finance Chairperson works with the Executive Chair to keep the funds organized and secure, and makes countless trips to drop off the money raised to contribute to THON.

Make a Donation

Considering making a donation? This past year, THON 2015 raised a total of $13,026,653.23 in the fight against pediatric cancer. Donations are fast, easy, and secure! Be sure to select Click to support the THON dancer of your choice under “Organization, Greek, or Dancer Couples*”, then select “College of IST” as the organization to ensure your contribution is credited to our total. We greatly appreciate your support! For the kids, for the fight!

Hershey Tour

Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital tours are a great opportunity to and see where all the funds raised by THON go first-hand.

Canning Trips

Canning is an essential part to our fundraising efforts throughout the year. During each of the three canning trips, members of IST For The Kids volunteer to spend hours outside to raise money at various locations throughout the state.

2016 Canning Totals

Pittsburgh, PA: $3,573.86

Brooklyn, NY: $3,768.04

Grand Total: $7,341.90

Canning Weekend Archives


Total: $18,711.51


Total: $17,495.41


Total: $10,989.56


If you would like to join IST FTK beat childhood cancer, click here.