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.


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.

The VELUX Foundations have awarded CEU’s Roma Access Programs a three-year grant of more than 5.4 million Danish kroner (approximately €726,000) to increase opportunities for talented Roma students to pursue postgraduate study. The only program of its kind in the world, the intensive nine-month course prepares members of Europe's largest and most marginalized minority – the Roma – to enter international postgraduate studies through open competition at top universities in Europe and North America.

CEU Trustee Matthew Nimetz has made a $200,000 five-year commitment to CEU’s School of Public Policy (SPP). Nimetz’s gift will provide scholarship funding for six students from southeastern Europe, enabling them to join the inaugural class of the school’s two-year Master in Public Administration degree program in September 2013. It is the first major charitable gift to SPP—and the only one designated for scholarships—since the school’s public launch in August 2011.