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 celebrateed the vital role philanthropy plays in our society with a number of on-campus events.
For seniors at SU, Class Act Day was a chance to leave a legacy on the SU campus. Seniors supported the parts of SU they love most by making gifts to the 2014 Senior Class Giving campaign. Those who gave $20.14 or more are 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.
The third annual Phanstiel Lecture featured Andrew Lunetta G’14, 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 presentation, Lunetta talked 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 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. This year’s recipients are Thomas Blumer G’82, e5m Advocacy Center Student Theater Group, Christopher Meek ’92, and Mary Gilmore Smith ’29, G’38.
What would students do if their semester ended four weeks early? The week of March 31 is when tuition “runs out” and donor gifts take over. Students and staff thanked SU donors for their generosity by tweeting #suthanks and adding their good wishes to our Thank-a-Donor Day page.
Philanthropy Week Scavenger Hunt
Thursday, April 3, All Day
Students were able to take photos with philanthropy-related items around campus to win retailer gift cards and SU swag.