Student Philanthropy

Student Philanthropy Committee

The Student Philanthropy Committee is a group of students who serve as student philanthropy ambassadors for The Fund for Sarah Lawrence. Their mission is to raise awareness of the essential role fundraising plays at SLC and in higher education; to build a culture of philanthropy and a spirit of giving among students; and to educate the student body on philanthropic endeavors at SLC. The committee hosts a number of fun events and transparent forums, and engages in personal outreach to actively engage seniors in participation of their Senior Class Gift.

Senior Class Gift Committee

The Senior Class Gift is a collective donation from members of the senior class and their families to The Fund for Sarah Lawrence. As a subset of the Student Philanthropy Committee, members work to promote the Senior Class Gift through student contact, event attendance, and marketing promotion. Senior Class Gift efforts are spearheaded by a chairperson, who collaborates with the Senior Class Co-Presidents. Together with the support of the Advancement office and the underclassperson committee members, the chair presents the class gift at commencement, paying it forward and solidifying their legacy and impact on the College. Historically, the senior class has received challenge donations to incentivize giving.

Thank-A-Donor Week

Centered around National Philanthopy Day, a day in which thousands of communities come together to engage in charitable giving, Thank-A-Donor Week was first established in 2012 as an opportunity for Sarah Lawrence students to show gratitude to alumni, parents, and friends who contribute to The Fund for Sarah Lawrence. Traditionally students write heartfelt "thank you" cards, which are sent to donors whose gifts provide scholarships, keep our dorms and facilities running, aid in faculty development, sustain and expand our graduate programs, and support student athletics.

Moving Picture Show Film Competition

The PHIL Project’s Moving Picture Show Film Competition celebrates the individuality that Sarah Lawrence students’ eager minds and gracious hearts can bring to a united learning environment. Students are asked to create a 60-second film highlighting the importance of donating to The Fund for Sarah Lawrence. Winning films are selected from all submissions, and the student who creates the top-rated film is eligible for a prize of up to $1,000.