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Student Philanthropy

You have the opportunity to give back to AU

Are you passionate about giving back? Are you looking to get involved with the AU community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni? Are you looking for unique and practical skills for your resume? If you answered YES to one of these, you should join SPC!

What is SPC?

American University's Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) plays an important role in student philanthropy and serves a variety of purposes. The council:

  • Promotes the importance of philanthropy and active engagement with American University.
  • Highlights the resources provided to students by the American University alumni network.
  • Solicits peers for gifts to the university as part of the senior class gift to enable future Eagles to experience a world-class education.
  • Enhances the student connection to AU as they transition to young alumni status.

Members of the council acquire real-world knowledge and experience in philanthropy, fundraising, project management, marketing, public relations, and more. Members develop practical career, presentation, and event planning skills. Additionally, members network with high-level university administrators and alumni at special events and deepen connections with the AU Alumni Association.

How to Join SPC

The application to join SPC is currently open. Read the SPC member position description.
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For more information about SPC, please contact Lauren Hegedus, assistant director, annual giving, at or 202-885-1796. 


Meet the SPC Co-Chairs

Student Philanthropy Council Co-Chair, Julia, sitting in front of a fountain and looking forwardName: Julia Larkin
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major: Political Science
Class Year: 2022
Campus Involvements: AU College Democrats, Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority, The World Wind Magazine, and AMIRS
Favorite AU Memory: Going to The Bridge with my fellow AEPhi sisters and just spending hours on end there chatting and attempting to do homework.
What AU fund do you support and why? I donated to the Center for Diversity and Inclusion so they could continue to offer support and grow their resources to LGBTQ+ students, people of color, first generation students, etc... CDI strives to make the university a more inclusive and supportive space for all students and I want to make sure students continue to have access to all the resources CDI has to offer.

Britney LysName: Britney Lys
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major: Psychology with a pre-medical track and theater performance
Class Year: 2021
Campus Involvements: Visible Magazine
Favorite AU Memory:  My favorite AU memory is having my entire family join me during All-American weekend. They were really happy to see what a great community AU has given me.
What AU fund do you support and why? I support the AU Fund for Excellence. This fund helps students by making an AU degree affordable for all students. It also creates a greater sense of community by supporting social interactions (clubs, sports, Greek life, etc.).

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