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Student Philanthropy Education Program (SPEP)


To provide student leadership opportunities, raise awareness about philanthropy at UW, and instill a greater appreciation for the philanthropic spirit, tradition and significance throughout the university community to build a wider, more knowledgeable base of future supporters.


The Student Philanthropy Educational Program will give students an in-depth look at the fundraising operations at the University of Washington and will build awareness about the role philanthropy plays at the university. The program will help to communicate the goals, purpose and programs of UW Advancement while educating students on the importance of giving back.

“Being a part of the Student Philanthropy Education Program has been a transformative experience. It has changed the way I think about my community, public service and higher education. There are few things that are as empowering and liberating as a college education and the battle to expand college accessibility is a cause worthy of our attention. I think that SPEP is at the center of that struggle. By helping to create a culture of giving back, in whatever form that may take, SPEP members are at the frontlines of the fight for higher education. That’s why I am proud to be a part of SPEP. ” - Rutger Ceballos



The Student Philanthropy General Council consists of a group of highly motivated students interested in the promotion of philanthropy awareness around campus. Students who serve on the council receive training in event planning, project management, fundraising, strategic planning and marketing. Internship credit is available to those students who wish to pursue it. Student Philanthropy Council members serve as an ambassador to students, alumni and friends of the University of Washington.

If you are interested in joining SPEP as a general council member or to be a part of the leadership team, see our application below.


Chair: Rutger Ceballos
Vice Chair: Mourya Mamidala
MarComm Director: Belle Ngo
Director of Photography: Anisa Jackson
Digital/Social Media Director: Cole Bessee
Finance/Administration Director: Renata Lumanau
Volunteer Director: Dashni Amin
Events Director: Ande Peterson

Look here for more detail about the leadership positions.



As students, we cannot always afford to give back to the university monetarily. While we encourage students to give when they are able, we like to focus on what we can do right now. We strive to give back to the university and the community with our time through volunteering. This year SPEP will be attending multiple quarterly and monthly volunteer/community service events. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get the most up to date information on volunteer opportunities.


Kickoff - November 15, 2013

This years kickoff will coincide with this years nationally recognized Philanthropy Day on November 15. Look out for the SPEP tent in Red Square as we give out prizes and connect with the student body about philanthropy on campus.

Giving Tuesday - December 3, 2013

We have a day of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and of course this year SPEP will be celebrating Giving Tuesday on campus by engaging in volunteer events within the community. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on SPEP’s Giving Tuesday plans.

MLK Day of Service - January 20, 2014

SPEP will once again be participating in the MLK day of service this January. We will keep you updated on our service plans as soon as they are finalized here, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

How to Join

SPEP is actively looking for new members for the 2013-2014 school year. If you are interested in joining, then follow this link to fill out an online application.


Monica McDonald
Project Manager for Special Markets
Annual Giving
University Advancement
UW Tower 4333 Brooklyn Ave NE, Box 359504 Seattle, WA 98195

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