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 Voices: Philanthropy in Action, a student-led discussion on the importance of philanthropy and volunteerism
  • Student Debate: Should Philanthropy fill in the gap left by Government?

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

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.

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.

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.

Events

See events related to previous Philanthropy Weeks

Building Tomorrow @ CEU

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