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 development@ceu.edu and, if you're a CEU alum, reach out to alumni@ceu.edu.

CEU Sponsors

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

News

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.

The CEU Library is a second home to many students and has long been considered one of the best in Hungary, as well as a vital asset to scholars throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Now, with the first phase of CEU’s campus renewal completed, the new CEU Library has a prominent and expanded presence on campus, occupying five floors of the new Nador 15 building.

Nearly 200 members of the CEU community – students and alumni, faculty and staff – came together this month to learn just how sweet fundraising for good causes can be.

As part of CEU's fourth annual Philanthropy Day, on Friday, November 11, the community raised more than 180,000 HUF in support of student scholarships and refugee assistance.

In its new building at Nador utca 15 on October 21, CEU dedicated the Quantum Board Room, named for the Quantum Fund, founded by George Soros, the success of which made the University possible. The Quantum Board Room was supported by the Foglia family, including Antonio Foglia, a London-based economist and hedge fund manager who is also a member of the CEU Board of Trustees, and his father, Alberto Foglia, who served as chairman of the Quantum Fund from 1987-2003.

Events

See events related to this year's Philanthropy Week

Building Tomorrow @ CEU

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