Center for Student Philanthropy

The goal of the University of Kentucky Center for Student Philanthropy is simple. It wants students to know and spread the joy of philanthropy wherever they go.

Students make an investment in their futures when they give back. Not only are they strengthening the organizations and communities they serve, they are improving themselves. We will educate students about the need for philanthropy, give them opportunities to participate in philanthropic events on campus and celebrate the many ways donors and volunteers enhance the University of Kentucky. The benefits of charitable giving last for a lifetime. We want to walk alongside students from the moment they set foot on campus, encouraging them to harness their passion, amplify their giving and make an impact on the world.

For more information, download our Student Resource Guide: Corporations & Foundations (download).

Student Involvement in One Day for UK

By Brianna Crouse
Student Contributor

The University of Kentucky's first-ever giving day was a success  raising more than $1 million  thanks to student involvement.

UK's fundraising marathon, One Day for UK, raised awareness about the importance of giving. For 24 hours on April 17, UK invited alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends to show their support in a variety of ways  volunteering their time, spreading the word on social media and giving monetarily. Donors could choose which college, cause or area to benefit, while students attended and staffed tailgates, campus tabling events and activities in the Gatton Student Center.

One Day for UK was a great way for students to get involved, to see how large their impact can be and to leave their footprint on UK's campus.

Thank-A-Donor Day

By Brianna Crouse
Student Contributor

One Day for UK may be over, but there are still many ways for students to get involved.

In April, many students participated in Thank-A-Donor Day. The event, organized by the Student Philanthropy Board, allowed students to thank the people who made their University of Kentucky experience so memorable. Students invited faculty, staff and friends to appreciation events in the Gatton Student Center and White Hall Classroom Building Faculty and at a home baseball game.

Students who participated said it was an amazing experience and that Thank-A-Donor Day should be more than just one day. For the Student Philanthropy Board, it is! We hope that as a university, we can come together to show stewardship as a group rather than individually, and we can create a thankful atmosphere that encourages giving for years to come. 

Fundraising 101, April 11

By Kasey Considine
Student Contributor

The University of Kentucky Center for Student Philanthropy was created to educate students about the benefits of giving and to show them how private gifts impact their lives. One of its main objectives is to establish a culture of philanthropy on campus that helps enhance UK's future.

To achieve these goals, the center will host an informational event, Fundraising 101, at 4 p.m. April 11 in the E. Britt Brockman, M.D. Senate Chamber in the Gatton Student Center. Guest speaker Linda Wise McNay of Our Fundraising Search will speak about different philanthropic topics and encourage students to learn more about philanthropy and to get involved with philanthropic efforts.

This interactive presentation will take a deep dive into the basic tenets of fundraising for nonprofit organizations. From annual fund basics to major gifts, this event will teach students about donor relationships and how to ask for support. Throughout her discussion, McNay will take questions and engage with students. She also will give out copies of her children's book, The Adventures of Phil An Thropy, to all attendees.

The event is free for all students, and refreshments will be served following the presentation in the Center for Student Philanthropy (A260, Gatton Student Center).

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Student Spotlight

Philanthropy brings out the best in each of us, and it, in turn, betters the world around us.
-Destiny Oakley, business management major

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