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

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.

The CEU Alumni Campaign has raised more than $55,000 this year, enabling CEU to award 21 student scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year—the largest number of recipients since the scholarship’s inception. The scholarship is awarded to students with a demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership potential. The scholarship is funded exclusively by donations from CEU alumni and friends to the Alumni Campaign. A new video produced by the Alumni Relations and Career Services office highlights the 2012-2013 scholarship winners and the causes that motivate them.

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.

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.

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.

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