Student Involvement

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 Brittney Phillips, assistant director of the Rice Annual Fund, or any of the SPC volunteers below. 

SPC President
Thresa Skeslien-Jenkins

SPC Co-Chairs
Baker: Arthur Belkin 
Brown: Charlsea Lamb
Duncan: Swetha Tatineni 
Jones: Caroline Lee
Hanszen: Valerie Du
Lovett: Nathaniel Forrester
Martel: Felix Wu
McMurtry: Chelsea Morin
Sid Richardson: Gita Deva
Wiess: Sam Molina
Will Rice: Gabby Acosta

Stay in the know throughout the year by liking the Student Philanthropy Committee Facebook Page.

Senior Giving Campaign

For decades, students have come together to celebrate their class spirit and passion for Rice through their class gift. Participating in your senior 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 senior 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.

Make your gift today!

Progress by Residential College

Baker  70%
Brown  70%
Duncan  71%
Hanszen  71%
Jones  71%
Lovett  72%
Martel  73%
McMurtry  54%
Sid Richardson 73%
Wiess 35%
Will Rice 40%

Rice Owls Give Back

Rice Owls Give Back (ROGB) is an educational campaign that gives undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to understand the importance of philanthropy at the university. The campaign also helps to foster connections with alumni, parents, friends and all supporters of the Rice Annual Fund.

Our family of donors allows the university to hire top-notch faculty, maintain a high-quality education, and invest in equipment and resources that students (like you!) rely on every day. Philanthropy also keeps our campus beautiful, our student groups robust and our culture strong. Such an amazing show of generosity to Rice deserves to be recognized and celebrated. 

The ROGB Celebrations take place from November 7-9, 2018 — join in the fun and show your appreciation for Rice donors! At the dates and times listed below, head to your college commons to sign thank-you notes to past donors and receive a free t-shirt. Wear your t-shirt to Coffeehouse on Friday, Nov. 9 for a free drink on the Rice Annual Fund!

  • North Colleges: Nov. 7 (11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)
  • South Colleges: Nov. 8 (11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)
  • Coffeehouse: Nov. 9 (9:00 a.m.-3 p.m.)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PHILANTHROPY AT RICE
  • Rice has a large endowment. Why does the university need my support, too?

    Think of it this way — the endowment is Rice’s savings account, and the Annual Fund is the university’s checking account. Endowments are restricted funding, and their earnings cover less than half of the university’s annual operating budget. So, while the endowment is extremely important to Rice’s long-term health, gifts to unrestricted, current-use funds like the Rice Annual Fund play a major role in keeping Rice unconventional. 

  • How does the Rice Annual Fund differ from endowments?

    The Rice Annual Fund’s current-use gifts are those that can be used right away, without an endowment’s restrictions. Through these gifts, the Annual Fund supports undergraduate scholarships, the residential college system, student and faculty research, and much more. You also have the power to designate your gift toward what you are most passionate about on campus. You are helping your classmates when you make a gift! 

  • I can only give a small amount. Will my gift make a difference?

    In the 2017 – 2018 academic year, gifts of $100 or less totaled $395,380! Every gift to the Rice Annual Fund has an enormous impact on campus. Annual Fund gifts, taken together, total millions of dollars each year, all of which goes immediately toward scholarships, fellowships, classroom technology, research and teaching. 

  • How else can my gift impact the university?

    Participation is also an important part of giving. When a current senior or alumnus/alumna gives, his or her gift counts towards Rice’s official giving participation rate, which means that you improve the university’s national rankings and increase our ability to earn grants that depend on community support. Participation also measures alumni satisfaction and engagement, so your gift shows your loyalty and confidence in the Rice experience, which increases the value of your degree.

  • I have heard that there are giving societies at Rice. How do I join them?

    Good question! There are quite a few different giving societies at Rice.

    The Parliament: The Parliament is a consecutive giving society at the university that recognizes dedicated Owls who — by making a gift anywhere at Rice for three or more consecutive years — advance the university’s students, campus and community.

    Leadership Giving Societies: The Rice Annual Fund relies on a strong tradition of leadership giving to support the scholarships, academic resources and campus life initiatives that keep Rice unique and vibrant. Recognition at one of these levels is based on unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund, including corporate matching gifts, during one fiscal year (July 1–June 30). Undergraduate students who make a gift of $50 or more to the Annual Fund are considered leadership donors. 

  • Additional questions?

    The Rice Annual Fund team is standing by to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to call or email us at 713-348-4991 or giving@rice.edu.

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.

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!

Senior Giving Campaign

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