Philanthropy Week Celebrates, Encourages Giving

Give thanks. Pay it forward. Repeat. That’s what the CEU community in Budapest and beyond did recently during the university’s first-ever Philanthropy Week.

Philanthropy Week (Nov. 27 – Dec. 1, 2017) celebrated the generosity that fuels CEU, with a series of fun, interactive and educational events intended to strengthen the community and support the university’s future. Events included on-campus happenings, worldwide alumni meet-ups, online campaigns plus one alum’s very special challenge for alumni to double their support of CEU.


Highlighting the week, on Nov. 28 local alumni donors got together with the students their generosity supports at a special reception which included moving personal stories from donors and recipients alike. Story and pics.

Earlier in the week things got cooking with the Bake It Make It Forward fundraiser, during which students, staff and others exchanged home-baked pastries and individual services in for donations to two great causes. Story and pics. That same generosity continued during a lively Philanthropy Pub Quiz on Friday, Dec. 1. Story and pics.  

Other on-campus events focused on awareness raising regarding philanthropy and fundraising, and included a keynote by ERSTE Foundation board advisor Franz-Karl Prueller on civil society and social investing.


CEU alumni chapters around the world got into the act as well, making Philanthropy Week an international event. Ten chapters on three continents participated, either with in-person events or social media appeals to support CEU.

Five chapters met for happy hour events, including fundraising or recruitment elements (select pics below). Alumni also took to social media to share the university’s 30 Seconds of Gratitude video, while chapter leaders in Belgium, Russia, and Azerbaijan posted their own. 

Not to be outdone, the CEU alumni and prospective students in Kazakhstan also shared a special video message – complete with a CEU-branded cake! – wishing the community happy holidays.

Thanks to everyone in the community, in Budapest and beyond, for making Philanthropy Week a success!