The Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) is a group of students committed to educating the campus community about the importance of philanthropy and helping students understand how donations have had an impact on the experiences of every current and past Loyola student.
We hold events, develop and promote educational materials, and partner with clubs and departments on campus to help students see how gifts (donations) can have an immediate and powerful impact in the lives of current and future Greyhounds. We hope that through education, reflection, and gratitude, students will be inspired to make a gift to an area of campus that has greatly impacted their time at Loyola.
Philanthropy: the act or acts of advocating for the prosperity of a worthy cause through contributions of time, talent or monetary gifts.
Why is philanthropy important?
Philanthropy has had a powerful presence at Loyola since the University’s founding. From Loyola’s first years in two row-homes on Holiday Street to its third and final move to our current Evergreen Campus in 1921, Loyola’s growth has been thanks in part to gifts from alumni and community members.
Building expansion, clubs and departments, academic research, endowed scholarship, and need and merit based financial aid are only a small number of aspects of a Loyola education that are supported by gifts, or monetary donations, to the University. Philanthropy has had an influence in all past growth, and philanthropy will impact Loyola’s ability to grow as an institution in the future.
Over 80% of current students receive some form of financial aid or scholarship, over 50% study abroad, and almost all students participate in one or more of Loyola’s over 300 student groups. These are only three areas of Loyola that are supported by gifts to the University. Your gift to Loyola will not only support these initiatives for current students but will also ensure Loyola can provide a high touch, high impact education to future Greyhounds. We ask that you help us celebrate Loyola’s 168th year with a gift towards an area that has had an impact on your Loyola education and experience. We thank you for your generosity.
Every year, students from each class year choose to make a gift to Loyola. These gifts, of all amounts, support many aspects of campus. Whether the gift is towards scholarship and financial aid, athletics, or a club or department, students have chosen to support an area of campus that is meaningful to them. Last year, over 400 students made a gift. Most of these gifts were made on our annual day of giving, Greyhounds Give. More information on Greyhounds Give can be found here.
For the 2019-2020 school year, we hope to continue the tradition of student giving. Students are welcome to make a gift at any time throughout the year on our University giving page or at tables hosted by Student Philanthropy Council throughout the year.
Interested in Joining SPC?
We are currently recruiting for several leadership positions. We are looking for a Vice Chair of Campus outreach to oversee our intercampus partnerships as well as Class Officers to promote philanthropy and giving among all class years. Contact the Chair of SPC or the employee advisor listed below for more information and to receive an application.
Chair: Maggie Haley, '20, email@example.com
Employee advisor: Elizabeth Rigsbee, firstname.lastname@example.org