Philanthropy Week

Philanthropy built CEU. From its founding endowment to the generous support of friends and alumni around the world, philanthropy is the fuel this university runs on. This autumn we’re launching Philanthropy Week, to celebrate what we have been given—and to demonstrate the power of giving back. Join us at events in Budapest, worldwide and online. See the events at the left to get involved and join in the generosity that enables CEU to carry on its important work.


  • Scholarships funded by alumni and individual and foundation donors help promising students receive a world-class CEU education
  • The Mirabaud Media Lab was equipped by a trustee to give students the power to share work through filmmaking
  • Research commissioned by Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (CCHBC) Hungary explored youth employment in Hungary
  • Private funding for the Applied Policy Project connects students with clients like Health Poverty Action, EBRD, and International Crisis Group. 
  • The Blinken Open Society Archives is named for the donors to the valuable collections related to the Cold War and human rights. 
  • The Romani Studies Program, which encompasses CEU’s work to enhance education, research, and professional opportunities for Roma, was launched with support from a consortium of funders. 
  • Google is funding the Center for Media, Data and Society’s Media Ownership Tool, which tracks media ownership in Hungary according to political ties, ideology and interest groups. 
  • The U.S. Department of State supports a Holbrooke Fellow at the Shattuck Center on Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery.


U.S. Department of State Signs Grant Agreement with CEU to Support Hungarian Sustainable University Network

January 26, 2015

In line with CEU's strategic sustainability goals, the U.S. Department of State's Regional Environmental, Science & Technology, and Health (ESTH) Hub for Central and Eastern Europe has partnered with the University to provide a $30,000 grant to support a Sustainable University Network (SUN) of student environmental groups in Hungary. SUN will promote civic responsibility among future decision-makers in Hungary by developing leadership skills, promoting sustainable development training, and reinforcing a shared commitment to environmental stewardship.

CEU Welcomes Year-End Support

December 16, 2014

Imagine a university where… Fill in the blank with what you most cherish about CEU, and consider what can be done with your support in the future. This message was the core of an electronic appeal shared with 600+ friends and donors of CEU as part of the CEU Development Office’s annual end-of-year fund drive. With growing funding needs and increasing goals, an important component of CEU’s overall fundraising strategy is to inspire annual giving and multi-year commitments among our global network of supporters.

Ford Foundation Supports Roma Programs at CEU

December 2, 2014

The Ford Foundation has awarded CEU a $350,000 grant to further expand the University’s work on promoting access, rights, and justice for Europe’s most marginalized community, the Roma. CEU’s Roma Access Programs (RAP) were initiated with Ford Foundation funding in 2004 and now, as RAP celebrates a decade of success, this new grant will provide continued support the Roma Graduate Preparation Program (RGPP) – RAP's flagship program – as well as a new University-wide initiative for Roma advancement and inclusion.

CEU Receives Record Alumni Gift

Alumnus Konstantin Kurganov (Ukraine, LEGS ’94) made CEU history by donating $30,000 in matching funds to the Alumni Campaign, ceu|next.

This is unprecedented—the largest single gift to the campaign from a CEU graduate, to support the future of our university. “Coming to CEU was the one great chance in my life. I want other people to be able to study here, as I did, and have a better future, Kurganov explained his commitment to CEU.

Sigma Technology Supports CEU’s Higher Education Program for Roma Students

August 5, 2014

Sigma Technology Hungary has recently given financial support to CEU’s Roma Access Program that aims to help young Roma students to advance their academic and professional careers. The New York Times cited the Roma Graduate Preparation Program as the “de facto hub for an elite group of young Roma intellectuals” in Europe.

CEU Receives Donation From Leading Geospatial Software Company Esri

Esri, one of the leading global geospatial software companies based in Redlands, California,  donated over 30 licenses of their latest geographic information systems (GIS) software, ArcGIS 10, for CEU students and faculty.

Steven and Linda Diener Endow CEU’s European Award for Excellence in Teaching

March 11, 2014

Steven and Linda Diener have made a gift of 100,000 EUR to CEU to endow the European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities, a project directed by the Center for Teaching and Learning. The Dieners’ gift will fund in perpetuity the Diener Prize—a 5,000 EUR award for outstanding university teachers of Social Sciences and Humanities at institutions in the European higher education area. The Dieners have long supported educational initiatives in Canada, and they have made this gift in honor of Steven’s mother Ilona Diener.

Anonymous Donor Supports European Award for Excellence in Teaching

January 15, 2013

An anonymous donor has renewed a gift of 10,000 Canadian dollars “in memory of Ilona Diener” to support the 2013 CEU European Award for Excellence in Teaching in Social Sciences and Humanities. Nominations for the award, the first and only one of its kind in Europe, are accepted until Jan. 31. The award, for which CEU faculty members are not eligible, emphasizes CEU’s commitment to outstanding and innovative teaching, and is administered by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Alumni Campaign Funds Record Number of Scholarships

November 6, 2012

The CEU Alumni Campaign has raised more than $55,000 this year, enabling CEU to award 21 student scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year—the largest number of recipients since the scholarship’s inception. The scholarship is awarded to students with a demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership potential. The scholarship is funded exclusively by donations from CEU alumni and friends to the Alumni Campaign. A new video produced by the Alumni Relations and Career Services office highlights the 2012-2013 scholarship winners and the causes that motivate them.

Philanthropist Schaeffer Hosts L.A. Event to Support CEU

October 16, 2012

George W. Schaeffer, prominent philanthropist and CEO and founder of OPI Products Inc., hosted an event for CEU in Los Angeles on Sept. 4, providing an opportunity to introduce CEU’s mission to a new community as well as to launch a new Friends of CEU – West Coast group. The group aims to raise more than $1 million for CEU’s Richard C. Holbrooke Center for Conflict Resolution and Prevention of Genocide and its Jewish Studies Program over the next five years.