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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: generousu@brandeis.edu
Url: http://sillermancenter.brandeis.edu/prize/index.html

Primary Contact:
Ms. Sheryl Seller
Program Administrator
Email: sseller@brandeis.edu

Additional Contact Information:
Facebook: Generous U - Celebrating Philanthropy on U.S. Campuses

Geographic Scope:

Type of Organization: Other Sources

Total Annual Giving:  $12,500

Grant Details:
A $10,000 prize and a runner-up prize of $2,500 are awarded annually.

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

Application Deadlines:
March 17, 2017
(The 2018 deadline will be available in late 2017.)
Note: An Intent to Apply form must be completed before submitting application.

Areas of Interest:
Generous U, an initiative of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, is a national contest celebrating philanthropy and charitable giving on U.S. college campuses.

Student groups, clubs, and organizations are invited to compete for the $10,000 Sillerman Prize and the Generous U title. (A 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;
  • creating both a sustainable model for their group to thrive and using funding received in a sustainable manner so that the people or organizations they give back to also thrive over time; and,
  • developing a model that can be adopted on other campuses.

Student groups, clubs, and organizations, including Greek Life associations (fraternities and sororities), may compete in Generous U if they are formally recognized by their college or university and chartered to accept the $10,000 Prize as an organized entity 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 do 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 program's website.

Last Updated: 11/1/2016