Philanthropy Week

How do you define philanthropy?

Philanthropy Week / 2015

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. From March 23 through March 27, 2015, Syracuse University celebrated the vital role philanthropy plays in our society with a number of on-campus events.

Thank-a-Donor Day
Monday, March 23, 2015

What would students do if their semester ended four weeks early? The week of March 23 is when tuition “runs out” and donor gifts take over. SU students, faculty, and staff thanked SU donors for their generosity by tweeting #suthanks and adding their wishes to our Thank-a-Donor Day page.

Otto IlustrationNational Orange Day
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March 24 is a special day for Syracuse University students, alumni, faculty, and staff!

National Orange Day marks the anniversary of SU’s founding in 1870, and is celebrated by the “wearin’ of the Orange,” campus events (including birthday cake, of course), and community service projects, both on campus and in cities across the country.

In 2015, our National Orange Day celebration also included a milestone—the 25th birthday of our lovable mascot, Otto—as well as the second Fast Forward Student Competition. During the competition, students presented ideas that will leave a lasting mark on campus, and winners were awarded grants to complete their projects.

Class Act Day
Class Act: Syracuse University Class of 2015 GivingWednesday, March 25, 2015

For seniors at SU, Class Act Day is a chance to make a difference for future SU students—and leave a legacy on the SU campus.

At special tables set up around campus, seniors supported the part of SU they love most by making gifts to the Class of 2015 Giving campaign. They then stopped by the Schine atrium and added their name to a tag on our giving tree.

Phanstiel Lecture speaker Todd Rubin ’04

Phanstiel Lecture speaker Todd Rubin ’04

Phanstiel Lecture,
Orange Circle Awards,
and Reception
Thursday, March 26, 2015

A vital component of Philanthropy Week is the Phanstiel Lecture. Each year, it features a speaker whose story and personal commitment to serving others elevate the conversation of philanthropy campuswide.

The 2015 lecturer was Todd Rubin, the man who, through his generosity and a gift from the Rubin Family Foundation, established the Rubin Global Design Studio in the School of Architecture. The program brings a visiting architect to Syracuse to teach a design studio in collaboration with a faculty member, and takes first-year graduate students abroad for a week to study modern and contemporary urban and architectural design.

The trip is a unique opportunity for architecture students to experience the cultural and political conditions that produce a city with quality public space, public housing, and sustainability policies. The program took students to Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2012; Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2013; and Taipei, Taiwan, in 2014. In his presentation, Rubin talked about the impact he’s seen the program have on its students, and explained why giving is so important to him.

Immediately following the lecture was the presentation of the Orange Circle Award, given annually to altruistic members of the Syracuse University community who have done extraordinary things in the service of others. The recipients were Ruth Schlesinger Sherman ’73, chair of The Friends of Leadership and Public Service High School in New York City, and Timi Komonibo G’15, founder of Style Lottery, a sustainable-fashion- and fashion-as-philanthropy-focused nonprofit.