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The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy: Generous U
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA
02454 -9110

Phone: 781-736-3772
Fax: 781-736-3773
Email: sseller@brandeis.edu
Url: http://sillermancenter.brandeis.edu/prize/index.html

Primary Contact:
Ms. Sheryl Seller
Program Administrator

Geographic Scope:

Type of Organization: Other Sources

Total Annual Giving:  $12,500

Grant Range: $2,500 - $10,000

Eligibility Requirements:
College and university student clubs, groups, and organizations

Application Deadlines:
March 13, 2015
(The 2016 deadline will be available early in the year.)

Areas of Interest:
Generous U, an initiative of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, is a national contest to increase awareness and involvement of students on college campuses about the importance and impact of philanthropy and philanthropic values.

Student groups, clubs, and organizations are invited to compete for the $10,000 Sillerman Prize and the Generous U title. One Runner-Up prize of $2,500 will also be awarded.

Applicants should demonstrate their success in:

  • engaging a substantial number of peers in charitable giving;
  • increasing philanthropic awareness and a culture of giving on campus;
  • nurturing the lifelong habit of charitable giving; and,
  • developing a model that can be adopted on other campuses.

Any organized activity intended to encourage charitable giving by students is eligible for the prize. Examples include giving campaigns or campus-wide challenges, giving circles, social networking or social media initiatives, publications, or intercollegiate events.

The judges will not consider routine membership drives or dues collection for which the group, club, or organization is the ultimate beneficiary. However, fundraising to support programs, projects, or activities directly related to promoting philanthropy or charitable giving on campus are eligible.

Application Procedures:
Application guidelines are available on the website listed above.

Last Updated: 1/1/2015