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.

 DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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.

News

Donors, Students Meet at Philanthropy Week Mixer

Some CEU donors got to meet the students their generosity supports at a very special on-campus reception, November 28. See photos.

Philanthropy Bake Sale Serves Generous Returns

The CEU community is hungry to give back. 

That's the takeaway from this year's 5th annual Bake It > Make It Forward fundraiser, held at CEU on Nov. 27. In kicking off the university's first-ever Philanthropy Week, community members raised a record 170,000 HUF ($638) by day's end in support of two great causes.

Philanthropy Week Celebrates, Encourages Giving

Give thanks. Pay it forward. Repeat. That’s what the CEU community in Budapest and beyond did recently during the university’s first-ever Philanthropy Week.

CEU Community Comes Together for Philanthropy Week

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!)

CEU Community Comes Together for Philanthropy Week

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!)

A Night of Trivia

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.

A Night of Trivia

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.

Transform Concern for Society into Opportunity, ERSTE Foundation’s Prueller Says

December 6, 2017

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.

CEU Students Find New Ways to Fundraise

November 9, 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.

CEU Homeless Project Appeal for Donations

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.

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