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 more, and help build a better tomorrow, through fun, empowering events in Budapest and around the world (see events, left).

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 hashtag 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 left and below for the latest events and news, and help take action to create positive change through philanthropy. 

News

On November 27, on its fifth anniversary, Philanthropy Day became Philanthropy Week, full of exciting events everyone could get involved in. I had the chance to be part of Bake it >> Make it >>Forward, a very special event that encouraged the members of the CEU community to show off their baking skills by preparing sweet or savory treats or national specialties; and to share their skills which could be useful to their community, such as fixing laptops and more. (This was a twist from last year Bake it forward!)

To cap off Philanthropy Week at CEU, the Student Philanthropy Council and the Alumni Relations office organized a Pub Quiz on Friday night. Philanthropy week, an expanded version of Philanthropy day which has been held annually at CEU, emphasized the importance of philanthropy and expressing gratitude to the people who support CEU.

To cap off Philanthropy Week at CEU, the Student Philanthropy Council and the Alumni Relations office organized a Pub Quiz on Friday night. Philanthropy week, an expanded version of Philanthropy day which has been held annually at CEU, emphasized the importance of philanthropy and expressing gratitude to the people who support CEU.

In today’s world, where there is shrinking space for civil society, young people can transform their concern into opportunities to enable change, according to Franz-Karl Prueller, senior advisor to the board at ERSTE Foundation, a longtime partner of CEU. Prueller addressed the CEU community Nov. 29 in a talk entitled “Advancing Civil Society and Social Innovation in Central Europe: Lessons in Social Investing from the ERSTE Foundation,” as part of CEU’s Philanthropy Week 2017.

Seven Alumni Scholarship Recipients took action to make a difference and get some hands-on experience in giving back, by forming CEU’s first Student Philanthropy Council. The council’s mission is simple: find new and fun ways to raise funds and educate the community about the importance of philanthropy.

Zsuzsanna Jaszberenyi, director of Admissions at CEU, started her campaign for homeless people in 2009, when Budapest shelters ran out of funds and couldn’t provide food for the homeless. “Families were encouraged to cook for people in need. After doing so for a while at home, I shared the call with the CEU community, and we repeat the drive every year,” Jaszberenyi says.

CEU is launching Philanthropy Week, to celebrate what we’ve been given and to raise awareness of the importance of giving back. There will be plenty of ways to get involved, in Budapest, worldwide and online during the week of November 27 to December 1, including:

BAKE IT >> MAKE IT >> FORWARD

NOVEMBER 27, 10AM-3PM / NADOR 13 FOYER

The CEU Board of Trustees were treated to a special screening of documentary films by CEU students on June 24. The "Best of the Mirabaud Media Lab" event was a highlight in an intense weekend and an opportunity to engage directly with students and a new initiative at CEU.  

Three CEU programs have been awarded the prestigious status of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD). The European Union’s Erasmus Mundus program aims to make studying in Europe more attractive for students from around the world by supporting outstanding joint programs in areas where Europe excels.

Key seminar space in CEU's new Nador 15 building is now known as the Nimetz Classroom, honoring CEU Trustee Matthew Nimetz's generous support of the University as a center of debate and discussion. Nimetz met with CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff and Provost Liviu Matei February 16 in the new classroom, then participated in a class taught there by Assistant Professor Roberta Sinatra of CEU's Center for Network Science, home to Europe's first doctoral program in this cutting-edge field.

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