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 2014, from March 31 through April 4, Syracuse University will celebrate the vital role philanthropy plays in our society with a number of on-campus events.
If you’re a senior at SU, Class Act Day is your chance to leave your legacy. Just support the part of SU you love most by making a gift to the 2014 Senior Class Giving campaign. Give $20.14 or more, and you’re invited to the Donor Appreciation Event at Club 4.4, the Dome’s exclusive VIP lounge, on April 23! See photos from last year’s event.
Orange Circle Awards
Wednesday, April 2, 4 p.m.
Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center
The third annual Phanstiel Lecture features Andrew Lunetta, founder of Pedal to Possibilities, a program that offers Syracuse’s homeless and underserved group bike rides and the opportunity to earn their own bicycles.
Lunetta has worked closely with the city’s homeless for the past five years, first while studying at Le Moyne College and working for Catholic Charities at the Oxford Street Inn homeless shelter and the Brady Faith Center. In 2012, he opened a home for men making their way out of the shelter system, and currently lives there with the men as he pursues a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. During his brief talk, Lunetta will talk about his work with the homeless, the impact he’s made, and the profound mark those experiences have left on him.
Immediately following the lecture is 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 last year’s Orange Circle recipients and view photos from the 2013 event.
Philanthropy Celebratory Reception
Wednesday, April 2
This invitation-only event honored SU alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends who have established scholarships at Syracuse University, and enables the scholarship recipients to meet and thank their benefactors in person. See photos from the event.
What would you do if your semester ended early? The week of March 31 is when tuition “runs out” and donor gifts take over. Thank our donors for their generosity by tweet #suthanks or add your good wishes to our Thank-a-Donor Day page!