Student Involvement

Rice Owls Give Back: The Student Philanthropy Committee

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! 

  50 DONORS
= $100 ITEM
100 DONORS
= $300 ITEM
150 DONORS
= $600 ITEM
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
Beer Bike
MARTEL Lights for quad Nintendo Switch Massage chair
MCMURTRY Hammock Fitness equipment Race bike for
Beer Bike
SID RICH Hammock Projector Music equipment
WIESS Lights for quad Speakers Race bike for
Beer Bike
WILL RICE Lights for quad Speakers TV

 

College Progress and Volunteer Information

As of 11/16/17
Baker

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 57%

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 25%

Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 32%

Volunteers

Cannon Armistead
Rushi Bhalani
Travis Kwee
Jesse Liebman
Talia Liu
Matthew Neal
Babs Ogunbanwo
Renisa Ramnath
James Warner
Brown

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 22%

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 33%

Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 29%

Volunteers

Natalie Croitoru
Eleanor Hill
Sam Holloway
Eugenia Kakadiaris
Avesh Krishna
Charlsea Lamb
Eappen Nelluvelil
Zoe Pochobradsky
Anthony Tohme
Duncan

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 23%

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 13%

Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 8%

Volunteers

Ji Won Kim
Noah Reich
Hanszen

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 26%

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 4%

Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 1%

Volunteers

Priya Kane
Alyson Riley
Jeemin Sim
Brenda Zhou
Jones

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 27%

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 5%

Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 14%

Volunteers

Hunter Atherton
Patrick Brady
Jessica Ha
Shami Mosley
Lovett

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 28%

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 7%

Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 5%

Volunteers

Anitha Aadireddy
Abril Brugo
Grace Coleman
Wendy Feng
Julia Fisher
Nathaniel Forrester
Tess Gabert
Kelly Gonzalez
Sarah Lasater
Hector Picon
Hamza Rahim
Ronaldo Sanchez
Jiayi Sun
Paulina Truong
Jonathan Ubalijoro
Martel

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 45%

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 33%

Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 33%

Volunteers

Sarah Berton
Patrick Bi
Mitchell Gregory
Thresa Jenkins
Elisabeth Kalomeris
Brittany Lai
Emmie Ledesma
Sonali Mitra
Emma Siegel
Toni Smith
Felix Wu
Susanna Yau
Jessica Yi
McMurtry

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 40%

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 10%

Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 16%

Volunteers

Emma Baker
Josh Bochner
Matt Carey
Annabel Change
Selina Chen
Marco Gutierrez
Mengyuan Li
Katie Mackall
Albert Nabiullin
Michael Owens
Sid Richardson

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 27%

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 6%

Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 5%

Volunteers

Jacob Barrios
Gita Deva
Victor Gonzalez
Nick Jerge
Missy Lollis
Hongyu Mao
Sahil Patnayakuni
Wiess

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 27%

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 4%

Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 14%

Volunteers

Mike Dai
Becca Federman
Madeleine Frazier
Sam Molina
Colleen Phillips
Margaret Roddy
Will Rice

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 27%

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 25%

Class of 2020 Participation to Date: 17%

Volunteers

Gabby Acosta
Jacob Attia
Kevin Guo
Ye Han
Aziza Salako
Jose Yarbrough

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.

Busting "Rice is Rich" and other myths
  • 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.

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