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A Student’s View of Philanthropy – The Importance of Giving Back

September 28, 2011

Dark Seattle rain clouds moving in.

Dawg Daze in full swing.

Freshmen scurrying from one campus map to the next.

Yep, it’s official…summer’s over and Fall Quarter is upon us. That means the return of all-night study sessions, bad eating habits and stressing over that 20% tuition increase. But it’s not all bad, is it?

Even though it may not feel like it at times, our time here at the UW may just be the best time of our lives.  Think about all of the things our university offers us: the chance to make life-long friends, work with incredible professors, gain the knowledge and experience to land that dream career, and develop the independence to survive in the “real world”. That is why I belong to a group of UW students who believe in giving back to the university that has given us some much.

2011-2012 SPEP Leadership

2011-2012 SPEP Leadership

My name is Rutger Ceballos and I am the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Student Philanthropy Education Program (SPEP, for short). We are the official student-run representatives of the UW Foundation and Alumni Association on campus. Our goal is simple – raise awareness of the importance of philanthropy and provide students with a unique and fun way to give back to the UW. Nearly every building on campus, research project and departmental program is largely funded by private donations. As students who care about the quality of our education, it is crucial that we take an active role in making sure that private funding continues to flow into the UW.

Let’s face it – the state government is not holding up its share of the burden. As state funding is pulled from the UW, it’s the students who suffer the most. We are burdened with increased tuition rates and hurt by cuts to many university programs. I don’t know about you, but for the members of SPEP, this is unacceptable. If the state won’t take responsibility for our education, then we have to. We don’t have the luxury of waiting for the state to live up to its promises and responsibilities. As proud Huskies we need to take charge and as Gandhi said, “be the change we want to see in the world”.

That’s why I am encouraging you all to join the Student Philanthropy Council. If you bleed Purple and Gold, if you truly care about your education, then I ask you to help us. We are not asking for your money – we’re already paying more than our fair share in tuition – just for some of your passion and time. Together we will raise awareness of the importance of private donations and make sure that everybody, everywhere knows that Huskies fight for their education!

Over the next few months SPEP will be hosting events and giving presentations about UW Philanthropy around campus and the Seattle community. Be sure to check back at this blog for updates on our events.  See you around campus and remember – REAL DAWGS GIVE BACK!

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  1. September 29, 2011 8:58 am

    “To love abundantly is to live abundantly, and to love forever is to live forever.” ~ Henry Drummond

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