How do you define philanthropy?
Is it “paying it forward”? “Giving back”? “Making a difference?” “Investing in the future?” “Making a contribution?”
However you define it, philanthropy is a force for good. It helps solve some of our greatest problems and opens doors of opportunity for people all around the world. For five days in the spring of 2013, from Monday, April 15, through April 19, Syracuse University celebrated the vital role philanthropy plays in our society with a number of on-campus events.
Thursday, April 18, All Day
What would you do if your semester ended early? April 18 was the day tuition “ran out” and donor gifts took over. Members of the Syracuse University community thanked donors for their generosity via social media. Read their words of gratitude.
Orange Circle Awards
Friday, April 19
The second annual Phanstiel Lecture featured Howie Phanstiel ’70, G’71, who, together with his wife, Louise, has established the Phanstiel Scholars program and the Phanstiel Lecture. He spoke about his personal journey of discovery, the role philanthropy plays in his life, and his belief that giving to others is key to lifelong happiness.
Immediately following the lecture was the presentation of the Orange Circle Awards, created to honor altruistic members of the Syracuse University community who have done extraordinary things in the service of others. Read about this year’s Orange Circle recipients and view photos from the event.
Also, see social media coverage of Howie Phanstiel’s address and highlights of the Orange Circle Award ceremony on Storify.
Philanthropy Celebratory Luncheon
Friday, April 19
This invitation-only event honored SU alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends who have established scholarships at Syracuse University, and enabled the scholarship recipients to meet and thank their benefactors in person. See photos from the event.
Class of 2013 Donor Appreciation Event
Wednesday, April 17
This special event was for seniors who made a gift of $20.13 or more to the 2013 Senior Class Giving campaign. It took place at Club 4.4, the Dome’s exclusive VIP lounge.
See photos from the event.