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 will celebrate the vital role philanthropy plays in our society with a number of on-campus events.

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

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. Thank SU donors for their generosity by tweeting #suthanks or adding your good wishes to our Thank-a-Donor Day page.

Otto IlustrationNational Orange Day
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
All Day

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.

This year, our National Orange Day celebration also includes a milestone—the 25th birthday of our lovable mascot, Otto—as well as the second Fast Forward Student Competition. Students enter ideas that will leave a lasting mark on campus, and winners are awarded grants to complete their projects.

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

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.

Look for our tables around campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and support the part of SU you love most by making your gift to the Class of 2015 Giving campaign. Then stop by the Schine atrium and add your name to a tag on our giving tree.

Won’t be around on March 25? Make your gift online!

Phanstiel Lecture speaker Todd Rubin ’04

Phanstiel Lecture speaker Todd Rubin ’04

Phanstiel Lecture,
Orange Circle Awards,
and Reception
Thursday, March 26, 2015
4 p.m.
Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center

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.

This year’s lecturer is 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 will talk about the impact he’s seen the program have on its students, and explain why giving is so important to him.

Immediately following the lecture will be 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. This year’s recipients are 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.