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Real Dawgs Give Back (SPEP)

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To provide leadership opportunities and educate students about the impact of philanthropy at UW.


Real Dawgs Give Back! The Student Philanthropy Education Program (SPEP) gives students an in-depth look at fundraising operations at the University of Washington and allows for a better understanding of the role philanthropy plays at the University. The program helps students communicate the goals, purpose and impact of UW Advancement while allowing them the opportunity to educate other students about the importance of giving back.

“My gratitude towards the opportunity to attend the University of Washington has inspired me to interact with my peers to nurture a more holistic perspective towards the value of quality higher education. This is why I joined the Student Philanthropy Education Program.”        

Mourya Mamidala 2014-2015 SPEP Chair

“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, Former Chair, Class of 2014


SPEP’s council consists of a group of highly motivated students interested in the promotion of philanthropic awareness on campus. Students who serve on the council receive training in event planning, project management, fundraising, strategic planning and marketing. Internship credit is available. SPEP members serve as ambassadors to students, alumni and friends of the University of Washington.

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


Chair: Mourya Mamidala

Administration Director: Lisa Ta

Digital/Social Media Director: Kevin Sun

Events Director: Jessica Locke

Assistant Events Director: Steven Nguyen

Finance Director: Shannon Ren

Marketing & Communications Director: Belle Ngo

Outreach Director: Christina Wicks

Visual Media Director: VACANT

Volunteer Director: Katie Galvagno


As students, we don’t often consider ourselves philanthropists, but we still understand the impact of giving on our college experience. We strive to give back to the University and the community with our time through volunteering, education and community outreach. This year SPEP will be holding multiple quarterly and monthly volunteer and community-service events. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get the most up-to-date information on volunteer opportunities.


Purple Palooza – November 14, 2014

Our fall kickoff coincides with the nationally recognized Philanthropy Day held 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. You’ll love our signature Krispy Kreme donuts!

SPEP Networking Night – February 25, 2015 

SPEP hosts an annual event for UW students to make connections with professionals who work in the non-profit industry in the Seattle Community. We invite students to attend as well as current professionals who wish to educate and inspire students. For more information please contact Monica McDonald.

Philanthropy Day– May 15, 2015

Stop by red square to celebrate our 5th annual Philanthropy Day event on Friday, May 15th, from 11am – 3pm! This is our largest outreach event, and attendees can look forward to a range of engaging activities. We’ll have our special edition 5th year “Real Dawgs Give Back” t-shirts, a grand prize giveaway, food for attendees, a photo booth with printable photo strips, appearances by Dubs, and of course a DJ!!

SPEP Playing Cards

SPEP is constantly thinking of fun and innovative ways to spread philanthropic awareness around the UW community. We recently launched SPEP playing cards, each card of has a philanthropic fact about the University that seeks to educate about the impact of giving on campus.

Here is an example of a card that can be found in the deck:

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How to join

SPEP is actively looking for new council members for the 2015-2016 school year. If you are interested in joining, follow this link to fill out an online application or feel free to contact Monica McDonald.

We are now accepting applications for next year’s leadership team. Applications are due May 17th.

Descriptions of all of the positions available can be found here.

To apply for leadership positions for the 2015-2016 school year please submit the following materials to Monica McDonald:

  • Available interview times- May 21st (8 am-1 pm); June 2nd; June 4th (11:30 am- 3 pm)
  • Resume
  • Cover letter (1 pg max)
  • (Unofficial) transcript
  • Whether or not you are able to attend the mandatory leadership retreat Thursday, June 18th- Saturday, June 20th.


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