The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University is accepting entries for a national contest to increase philanthropy and philanthropic values on United States college campuses.
Through the annual Generous U competition, student groups are invited to compete for the $10,000 Sillerman Prize by demonstrating their success in engaging a substantial number of peers in charitable giving; increasing philanthropic awareness and a culture of giving on campus; nurturing the lifelong habit of charitable giving; and developing a model that can be adopted on other campuses.
The competition will consider any organized activity intended to encourage charitable giving by students. Examples include giving campaigns or campus-wide challenges, giving circles, social networking or social media initiatives, publications, or intercollegiate events. The competition is judged on YouTube videos and essays submitted by college and graduate students eligible to receive the prize through the university.
In addition to the cash prize, the honorary title of Generous U will be awarded to the winner’s college or university. A certificate, press kit, and plaque that may be kept on permanent display anywhere on campus will be provided by the Sillerman Center.
Student groups, clubs, and organizations, including Greek life associations (fraternities and sororities), may compete in Generous U if they are formally recognized by their college or university and chartered to accept the Sillerman Prize as an organized entity. (The prize cannot be awarded to an individual.) The Sillerman Center will confirm the winner’s status at its college or university prior to awarding the Sillerman Prize and Generous U title.