By Eduardo Castaeeda
It may not be Thanksgiving Day, but the opportunity for altruism returned to Cal Poly Pomona.
The Student Philanthropy Club hosted CPP’s Student Philanthropy Week from Feb. 16-18 to raise awareness of the importance of philanthropy and the role it plays in education.
The university receives one-third of its resources from external donations, according to Marcela Moreno, a third-year liberal studies transfer student and president of the Student Philanthropy Club.
“We’re promoting the act of giving back to the campus because it’s really important to make students aware of the contributions that we see alumni and staff giving back to us,” said Moreno. “The donations provide more resources for students to learn and incorporate the university’s motto of ‘learn by doing’.”
Throughout the weeklong event the club provided students, staff and faculty with different activities and prizes to learn about philanthropy on campus.
The first activity brought students together at the University Quad to write notes of appreciation to the alumni, staff, faculty and sponsors that donated 8,214 gifts during the 2014-15 academic year. The club also celebrated President Soraya Coley’s establishment of the Ron and Soraya Coley Endowment Fund.
The club provided students with buttons to wear that honored the 8,214 donations received. Club members encouraged students to take selfies with staff and faculty wearing the buttons and post them on social media with the hashtag #broncosgiveback for a chance to be featured in a thank you video for the donors.
The club continued to spread awareness at a second event in the Bronco Student Center, where students were fed pie and provided with more knowledge about the generosity of donors.
The club generated a large turnout of students throughout the afternoon.
The club ended its Student Philanthropy Week in the University Quad with more pie, prizes and trivia questions for students to enjoy. Several club members expressed their excitement and appreciation for philanthropy on campus.
Kani Webb, a second-year business student and Student Philanthropy Club member, said he joined the club because he wanted to honor a cause that is important to his education.
“A lot of people don’t know as much as they should about philanthropy. People don’t understand that these donations make a huge difference on this campus. Imagine one-third of the campus donations gone. That’s the impact of giving,” said Webb. “These donations provide us with new technology for our classrooms, and it gives us new buildings and reparations. The more donations we get, the better our education will be.”
Other club members like Adriana Rangel, a third-year English education student, said that she understands the impact of philanthropy and external donations because she has held several jobs and memberships in clubs on campus.
“I think that my love for Cal Poly Pomona has grown a lot because I’ve been very involved on campus. I can tangibly see the impact that these gifts make,” said Rangel.
“There is a joy that surpasses all understanding when you give back than when you receive a gift. A lot of people don’t think that $10 is a lot to donate, but there is no such thing as a little gift,” added Rangel.
Other organizations on campus participated in the Student Philanthropy Week to support different causes outside of CPP.
The Greek organization Kappa Delta celebrated its Shamrock Week with a fundraiser for its local philanthropy Orangewood PALS and its national philanthropy Prevent Child Abuse America. The sorority volunteers with Orangewood PALS twice a month to spend time and entertain the children.
The sorority is also planning its annual GLOW Run, a five-mile run, to raise money for its philanthropies.
Kappa Delta member Rosa Zepeda, a fourth-year political science student, said that the sorority’s commitment to philanthropy encouraged her to join Kappa Delta over other sororities.
“Our sorority revolves around philanthropy,” said Zepeda. “Without our philanthropies we wouldn’t be who we are. We put a lot of focus on community service. We are about helping others and not just ourselves.”
Another organization of students that honored the Student Philanthropy Week was a group of students in an International Business and Marketing class. The students sold pastries and coffee to raise money for Doctors Without Borders.
Akbar Padri, a third-year business student, said that his group wanted to donate the proceeds to a good cause like Doctors Without Borders.
“We don’t have time to talk about current events around the world,” said Padri. “It is our duty to educate other students and bless them with knowledge about what is going on in the world and raise some awareness.”
Reynaldo Duenas / The Poly Post
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