Philanthropy Week

Building Tomorrow: Positive Change through Philanthropy

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

This autumn CEU is celebrating that power during its second-annual Philanthropy Week, from Nov. 26 to 30. 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. On campus, at events around the world and online, Philanthropy Week is when CEU’s global community comes together to make positive change happen, through acts of generosity great and small.

Learn More & Get Involved:

There are many ways to celebrate giving, learn moreand help build a better tomorrow! Join us for fun, empowering events in Budapest and around the world (see event list below for workshops, panels, and more). Check your alumni chapter for local events.

Get Social:

  1. As our university fights for its academic freedom, take to social media between Nov. 26 and 30 to share your CEU story – how the university helped you or impacted the work you do – and #ThankYouCEU. Or, share pics from your student days with #CEUthrowback.
  2. Crosspost and hash the above, plus #CEUPhilanthropyWeek on your account as well as CEU Alumni & Friends Facebook. The post with the most likes wins tickets to Alumni Reunion Gala 2019 in Budapest!

Give Back: 

CEU faces an unprecedented challenge and is moving operations to Vienna. Thus, it needs your support more than ever to keep educating future leaders dedicated to free inquiry and open society. Make your gift to the alumni campaign today. Afterwards, inspire your classmates on social with #IGave2CEU.
See below and left for the latest events and news, and help take action to create positive change through philanthropy. 

News

CEU’s Center for Network Science has acquired a grant from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research for a research project entitled "Quantifying Scientific Performance and Success in the Physics Community."

The National Endowment for Democracy (USA) has granted 45,000 USD support for CEU's Center for Policy Studies to implement a program for promoting the engagement of young Romani leaders in public service. The Roma Placement Program supports young Roma MA and PhD graduates to build professional skills and to promote their engagement in public affairs at NGOs in Macedonia and Serbia.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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