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Student Philanthropy Education Program (SPEP)


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


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 programs of UW Advancement while allowing them the opportunity to educate other students about 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, 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 to those students who wish to pursue it. 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 to be a part of the leadership team, see the application below.


Chair: Rutger Ceballos
Vice Chair: Mourya Mamidala
Marketing & Communications Director: Belle Ngo
Director of Photography: Anisa Jackson
Digital/Social Media Director: Cole Bessee
Interim Finance/Administration Director: Shannon Ren
Interim Volunteer Director: Katie Galvagno
Events Director: Ande Peterson


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 holding 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.


Philanthropy Day- May 16, 2014

Stop by red square to celebrate our 4th annual Philanthropy Day event on Friday, May 16th, from 11am – 3pm! This is our largest outreach event, and attendees can look forward to a range of engaging activities. We’ll have our famous “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! Check out our website for more information!

Purple Palooza – November 15, 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 purple Krispy Kreme donuts!

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 or feel free to contact Monica.


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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