On February 28, the College of Saint Elizabeth will join nearly 70 educational institutions worldwide to participate in the first-ever Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day. The initiative, organized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (ASAP), is designed to increase student understanding of philanthropy and to grow engagement on campuses. The event is part of CASE ASAP’s goal to foster and enhance student involvement in all areas of advancement—including fundraising, alumni relations, communications and marketing.
“Our goal is to help the CSE student understand the meaning of philanthropy, to understand the importance of charitable or benevolent actions and the importance of stewardship” says Tanya Sorce, director of the CSE Annual Fund. “The day is about understanding and celebrating the College’s generous donors and their positive effect on the lives of our students. It is important we thank our donors, and protect and oversee the gifts we have been given and, perhaps more importantly, to help the current students understand how they will positively impact the lives of future CSE students by fulfilling their own philanthropic goals.”
In support of those goals, the College of Saint Elizabeth will host a week long scavenger hunt via the College’s official Facebook page where there will be Q&A social media conversations all week long. On February 28, 2013, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Rose Dining Hall, there will be a question/answer session and donor thank you letters signing. Prizes will be given out during a “Thanksgiving Dinner” menu.
“It’s important that students start taking steps to become the next group of philanthropic leaders,” says Rob Henry, CASE’s executive director of emerging constituencies. “On February 28, we celebrate the value students bring to their institutions with their time, talent and treasure.”
Tumasz-Zolty, CSE student certainly agrees with that statement. She says, “I think it is important to give back to the community and to help make the world a better place.”