Student Philanthropy Committee: Who We Are
Rice students who engage the campus in giving and share the importance of philanthropy.
The Student Philanthropy Committee (SPC) is a group of student volunteers who share the importance of philanthropy at Rice with their classmates and peers. Each year, SPC volunteers organize and promote events, such as undergraduate class giving campaigns and thank-a-donor stations, while connecting with alumni, parents and friends who support the Rice Annual Fund and keep Rice such a remarkable place to live and learn.
To learn more about becoming a member of the SPC, please email Jack Vielhauer, assistant director of the Rice Annual Fund.
Stay in the know throughout the year by liking the Student Philanthropy Committee Facebook Page.
Class Giving Campaigns
For decades, students have come together to celebrate their class spirit and passion for Rice through their class gift. Participating in your class giving campaign is a meaningful expression of pride and appreciation for your education, and it supports many of the essentials that make Rice so special, including a diverse and talented student body, an amazing faculty, a vibrant college life and more.
Just as gifts from alumni have helped enrich your education, your class gift will directly impact the experience of current and future Owls and contribute to your class’s legacy of support. Gifts of any size make a difference, and the more students who give, the greater the collective impact will be.
Currently, Rice students make class gifts in the sophomore, junior and senior years. Make your gift today!
Class of 2018 Participation Goal: 70 percent
Class of 2019 Participation Goal: 55 percent
Class of 2020 Participation Goal: 40 percent
Class of 2021 Participation Goal: 25 percent
Class Giving Campaign College Incentives
When students work together in support of Rice, they not only make an immediate and lasting impact on the Rice community, they also have the opportunity to win some spectacular incentives for their colleges. Join your peers and make your gift today!
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|BAKER||Lights in quad||Speaker system||Pool table|
|BROWN||Swing||Gym equipment||Ping pong table|
|DUNCAN||Hammock||Study room tables||Food truck|
|HANSZEN||Hammock||Shades for commons||Small race bike|
|JONES||Hammock||Speaker system||Beer Bike equipment|
|LOVETT||Lights for sundeck||Speakers||Race bike for
|MARTEL||Lights for quad||Nintendo Switch||Massage chair|
|MCMURTRY||Hammock||Fitness equipment||Race bike for
|SID RICH||Hammock||Projector||Music equipment|
|WIESS||Lights for quad||Speakers||Race bike for
|WILL RICE||Lights for quad||Speakers||TV|
College Progress and Volunteer Information
Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 61%
Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 30%
Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 40%
Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 35%
Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 39%
Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 37%
Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 27%
Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 15%
Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 8%
Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 28%
Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 7%
Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 13%
Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 41%
Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 23%
Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 41%
Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 36%
Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 16%
Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 10%
Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 29%
Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 33%
Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 34%
Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 50%
Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 34%
Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 38%
Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 30%
Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 9%
Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 9%
Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 29%
Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 4%
Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 16%
Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 65%
Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 45%
Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 28%
The Parliament: a giving society for loyal Owls
parliament (n.) — a gathering of owls
Give for three consecutive years – to your Sophomore, Junior and Senior Gifts – and you will be a part of The Parliament prior to leaving the hedges!
The Rice Annual Fund: An Overview
For student life and learning
Tuition and endowment income cover most, but not all, of Rice’s operating costs. The Rice Annual Fund bridges the gap by providing support for scholarships, fellowships and many other important elements of the Rice experience through unrestricted funds. These funds can be directed toward priorities all over campus right away, rather than being funneled to a specific designation.
The Rice Annual Fund is the university’s most popular way for students, alumni, parents and friends to give to Rice. More than 11,000 alumni, including nearly 1,200 Rice students, who gave to Rice in 2016-2017 did so through the Annual Fund.
MYTH: “My tuition covers the full cost of my Rice education.”
REALITY: Tuition accounts for about a third of the actual cost of a Rice education. Endowment earnings, which pick up some of the slack, are fixed based on federal regulations and can also fluctuate with the market. Gifts to the Rice Annual Fund cover much of the remaining cost above tuition and endowment earnings. The Rice Annual Fund contributes millions in funding toward undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships, helping to bridge the gap between tuition, endowment earnings and financial need.
MYTH: “Rice has a big endowment and doesn't need my support.”
REALITY: Endowment earnings cover less than half of Rice’s annual operating budget. Rice can only spend a set percentage of endowment earnings to cover these costs, rather than “spending down” from the endowment. So, while the endowment is extremely important to Rice’s long-term health, philanthropy plays a major role in keeping Rice Rice.
The Rice Annual Fund’s current-use gifts are those that can be used right away, without the endowment’s restrictions. Through these gifts, the Annual Fund supports your college, your classroom and your campus.
MYTH: “My small donation to my class gift doesn’t make a difference.”
REALITY: The impact that every gift has on the Rice Annual Fund is enormous. Annual Fund gifts, taken together, total millions of dollars each year, all of which goes immediately toward scholarships, fellowships, classroom technology, research and teaching. In the 2013-2014 academic year, gifts of $100 or less totaled $298,544!
Participation is also an important part of giving. When you, an alumnus, parent or Rice friend give, you improve Rice’s national rankings and increase our ability to earn grants that depend on community support.