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Volume 2, Issue 9

Students Learn Importance of Philanthropy

On Feb. 28, three community colleges participated in Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day, a celebration among more than 120 institutions worldwide spotlighting the importance of private giving to education.

Katherine Sawyer, executive director of institutional advancement and foundation at Elgin Community College in Illinois, says her institution hosted a booth on campus where students could write thank you notes to people who have helped them in their personal or academic life. A videographer was also present to record messages of thanks and will use some of the footage in a video to donors.

Elgin also hosted a brown-bag lunch where students could learn about philanthropy, its importance and related resources to help them pursue their own philanthropic endeavors. These activities were featured prominently in two local newspapers, The Daily Herald and The Courier-News.

Student at Montgomery County Community College writes a thank you note.

Eden Pugliese, development assistant at the Montgomery County Community College Foundation in Blue Bell, Pa., notes that her institution held a philanthropy workshop at its student leadership conference. The institution recruited a student committee at the conference to spearhead the 2013 Student Challenge—the goal is to have at least 175 students pledge to raise at least $3,500 this semester for need-based scholarships.

"The goal is to teach students about the importance of philanthropy and the big impact they can have on the college through large numbers of small gifts," she says. "We are focusing on how their gifts will support future generations of students just as they are being supported by past generations."

Thank you notes at Montgomery County Community College

Edison Community College in Piqua, Ohio, also participated in the festivities. It held a meeting to establish a campus community foundation.

Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day was sponsored by CASE ASAP, which is comprised of student alumni associations, student foundations and similar organizations at more than 400 CASE member institutions. For more information about student advancement programs, contact Robyn Neeley, CASE ASAP program manager, at or +1-202-478-5632.

Please share your questions and comments with Marc Westenburg via email at or +1 202 478 5570.

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This article is from the March 2013 issue of the Community College Advancement News.