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 Lex Wetzel and Brittney Phillips, assistant directors 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 2017 Participation Goal: 70 percent

Progress as of 11/21: 43.1 percent

Class of 2018 Participation Goal: 55 percent

Progress as of 11/21: 23.0 percent

Class of 2019 Participation Goal: 40 percent

Progress as of 11/21: 25.9 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 Set of durable
sectional
couches
Set of durable
tables
Projector
BROWN Keurig for the
kitchen
Hammock
for the quad
Ping pong tables
DUNCAN Boba
Study Break
Inflatable slide
rental for the quad
Petting zoo rental
for the quad
HANSZEN Boba
study break
Kitchen Aid Mixer Lights and
speaker
system
for the B&P
JONES Spikeball kit Espresso machine 3 giant BubbleBalls
LOVETT Study break Kitchen supplies Race bike for
Beer Bike
MARTEL Outdoor patio
canopy swing
TV for game room Race bike for
Beer Bike
MCMURTRY Hammock
for the quad
Swing bench
for the quad
Speaker system for
game room
SID RICH Kitchen supplies New couches
for OC lounge
Tetherball court
for country club
WIESS Volleyball net/set
for the quad
TV for commons Massage chair
WILL RICE Pizza party Speakers TV for game room

 

College Progress and Volunteer Information

As of 11/18/16
Baker

Class of 2017 Participation to Date: 23.5 percent

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 12.0 percent

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 4.4 percent

Volunteers

Rushi Bhalani
Zantia Crier
Talia Liu
Babs Ogunbanwo
Renisa Ramnath
Brown

Class of 2017 Participation to Date: 19.1 percent

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 19.7 percent

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 45.3 percent

Volunteers

Natalie Croitoru
Eleanor Hill
Avesh Krishna
Charlsea Lamb
Anthony Tohme
Duncan

Class of 2017 Participation to Date: 29.9 percent

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 11.1 percent

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 15.8 percent

Volunteers

Ariyaneh Nikbin
Jackie Olive
Noah Reich
Jeremy Reiskind
Hanszen

Class of 2017 Participation to Date: 75.3 percent

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 28.1 percent

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 16.3 percent

Volunteers

Trenton Alexander
Zack Birenbaum
Nick Fleder
Olivia Hsia
Priya Kane
Max McElligott
Jeemin Sim
Brenda Zhou
Jones

Class of 2017 Participation to Date: 48.8 percent

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 29.8 percent

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 26.7 percent

Volunteers

Hannah Crowe
Carmella DeSerto
Jessica Ha
Lovett

Class of 2017 Participation to Date: 79.8 percent

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 24.1 percent

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 38.9 percent

Volunteers

Abril Brugo
Tess Gabert
Belle Harris
Marcela Interiano
Annabelle McIntire-Gavick
Hector Picon
Brandi Ransom
Midori Rinkliff
Ronaldo Sanchez
Misha Silva
Martel

Class of 2017 Participation to Date: 77.4 percent

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 16.9 percent

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 24.7 percent

Volunteers

Laura Kessel
Brittany Lai
Emmie Ledesma
Catherine Levins
Beatriz Mesta
Daniel Myers
Toni Smith
Jessica Yi
McMurtry

Class of 2017 Participation to Date: 39.2 percent

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 42.6 percent

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 45.6 percent

Volunteers

Emma Baker
Josh Bochner
Makenzie Drukker
Sawyer Knight
Mengyuan Li
Katie Mackall
Albert Nabiullin
Michael Owens
Sid Richardson

Class of 2017 Participation to Date: 38.6 percent

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 23.8 percent

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 42.0 percent

Volunteers

Jacob Barrios
Blake Bourne
Gita Deva
Matthew Greene
Missy Lollis
Zach Scott
Wiess

Class of 2017 Participation to Date: 31.1 percent

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 18.8 percent

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 2.6 percent

Volunteers

Mike Dai
Becca Federman
Margaret Roddy
Will Rice

Class of 2017 Participation to Date: 18.4 percent

Class of 2018 Participation to Date: 25.0 percent

Class of 2019 Participation to Date: 19.3 percent

Volunteers

Joel Kim
Anna Klineberg
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 600 Rice students, who gave to Rice in 2014-2015 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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