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Jun 16, 2016

Student philanthropy is a hot topic these days, with just about all higher education institutions organizing some student giving program.  Two experts on this topic are Collin Hennessy at Penn and Lori Hurvitz at University of Chicago.

In advance of the upcoming CASE conference for student advancement, and the Engaging Students in Philanthropy Symposium, which they are helping put together, I got these two experts on the phone to talk about their take on student philanthropy, current research, and their suggestions for the best ways to engage students around giving while they are still on campus.

CASE Conference for Student Advancement and Engaging Students in Philanthropy Symposium:

http://www.case.org/CSA16/ESPS16_Home.html

Episode Description:

Colin D. Hennessy and Lori Hurvitz join the podcast to talk about the Conference for Student Advancement and the Engaging Students in Philanthropy Symposium that they're organizing together. Colin is the executive director for the Penn Fund at University of Pennsylvania and Lori is the senior director of Annual Giving at the University of Chicago. They both discuss the future of philanthropy, what institutions are doing right, and how behind-the-trend institutions can get up-to-speed with their student philanthropy.

Key Takeaways:

[1:25] How did Colin and Lori get involved with student philanthropy?

[3:45] How are the best institutions engaging their students right now? They're starting philanthropy early.

[6:15] Students are naturally very philanthropic. Millennials are engaged in causes.

[6:35] What suggestions do Colin and Lori have for institutions who are just starting down this path?

[7:50] Look at your own culture and see what's important to your students.

[8:15] Colin and Lori talk about the Engaging Students in Philanthropy Symposium they're organizing.

[10:45] Colin recently finished his dissertation and talks about his study on the influence of learning and annual giving.

[11:45] There's a lack of understanding as to why philanthropy is important on college campuses.

[12:05] Lori discusses her research and her dissertation on building a culture of student philanthropy.

[13:25] What is the University of Chicago currently doing to engage students in philanthropy?

[15:00] What is Colin's university doing right with philanthropy?

[17:50] The conference will be held at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta on Aug 4th through Aug 6th.

Quotes:

"Student philanthropy is a great way to engage students and it gets students to connect with alumni and role models."

"Student philanthropy gives us an opportunity to educate students early."

"Students are, by their nature right now, very philanthropic. Students have causes these days."

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