Philanthropy Week

Philanthropy Week
Philanthropy Week

Philanthropy – the power of giving back – built this university into a vibrant learning community and is the key to sustaining its future.

Every year, CEU celebrates that power during annual Philanthropy Week. Join as we explore the possibilities philanthropy is unlocking in higher education, celebrate what we’ve been given, and spotlight how we can all make a positive contribution and build a better tomorrow. Philanthropy Week is when CEU’s global community comes together to make positive change happen, through acts of generosity great and small. Given the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's so important to celebrate how we have come together through philanthropy and volunteerism in inspiring ways.

This year, Philanthropy Week will be from May 17 to 21 and includes the following online events:

  • Doing Good in a Changing World: A Conversation with Alumni Leaders in Philanthropy about global trends, future challenges, and the impact of COVID-19 on philanthropy
  • Media Philanthropy in the Global Pandemic: A New Way or Business as Usual, a discussion with leading media and journalism funders
  • Maximizing Engagement with American Philanthropy in Europe, a seminar for Vienna-based NGO partners
  • “Ask a Fundraiser” for faculty and staff to discuss research ideas and seek support
  • Student-led discussion on the importance of philanthropy and volunteerism
  • Student debate: “To what extent should philanthropy fill in the gap left from governments?”

Click here for more event details! Want to get involved? Write us at and, if you're a CEU alum, reach out to

CEU Sponsors

  • Alumni Relations Office
  • Community Engagement Office
  • Development Office
  • Human RightS Initiative
  • Student Philanthropy Council


The Presidential Scholars Fund was established by Michael Ignatieff and Zsuzsanna Zsohar.

The week explored global philanthropic trends, funding topics for higher education and opportunities for exchange.

CEU and Bader Philanthropies demonstrate the power of what can happen when the University and its philanthropic partners come together.

A distinguished scholar, extraordinary leader, and beloved mentor to many, Gregorian championed peace, democracy, and education throughout his career.

CEU Department of Philosophy has introduced a donation-funded prize in memory of its late student, Raza Khan.

CEU alumni and friends closed 2020 by raising nearly $140,000 in support of CEU through last month's Matching Gift Challenge.

CEU alumna Zulfia Sabirova shares her experience in humanitarian aid at the World Food Programme, which received the Nobel Peace Prize.

On November 30, CEU's first virtual Day of Thanks event celebrated the support of partners and alumni from around the world.

The Presidential Scholars Fund was established by CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff and his wife Zsuzsanna Zsohar.

Philipp Hangartner, son of Peter Hangartner, for whom the Peter Hangartner Fellowship is named, has funded the 2020-21 prize.


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Building Tomorrow @ CEU

Scholarship recipients share their personal stories about the impact of philanthropy on the #StrongerTogetherCEU Kudoboard.