Student Philanthropy Council

2 students hold up thank you cards at Thank-A-Donor day

The Swarthmore Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) is a new campus initiative mean to foster an awareness and appreciation for philanthropy among students by providing education on the ways private gifts impact student life and fostering meaningful donor-student interaction. This student-led campus club provides an outlet for students interested in nonprofits to gain valuable fundraising, leadership, and communications skills. Students will also get an insider look into the operations of a non-profit advancement office.

We are currently looking for interested and engaged students to volunteer for the Council. If you are interested in joining please contact staff liaison Sarah Thompson at sthomps1@swarthmore.edu.

Council Duties & Requirements

Attend September training session about philanthropy at Swarthmore. 
Attend biweekly (twice/month) SPC meetings. (More as needed during months requiring heavy coordination.)
Contribute ideas and feedback on SPC events and activities. 
Attend SPC events and assist with SPC engagement opportunities.
Encourage peer attendance and engagement at events by word of mouth.

Council Member Bios

Sarah & Bobby, co-presidents of Student Philanthropy Council
Sarah Anne Tupchong, '17 - Co-President & Senior Gift Coordinator

Hometown: Lafayette Hill, PA
Major: Biology
Philanthropy is a way to support causes that you're passionate about. Specifically, it is a way to commit yourself (whether that be in your time, donations, or something else) to a greater organization, and make a real difference. Student philanthropy is important here at Swarthmore because we need to raise awareness about philanthropy, and the importance of giving back. Swatties want to make the world a better place, and being philanthropic is one of many ways to do that.The Swarthmore Fund has helped to support the wonderful internships and summer experiences that I've had during my time at Swarthmore. I went on a vocal performance (opera) intensive training program over the summer in Florence, Italy, and was only able to go thanks to the generous support of our Swarthmore donors.As co-president of SPC, I am excited to help kickstart this organization, educate others about philanthropy, and share my appreciation for philanthropic causes with my classmates and the community!
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Bobby Zipp '18 - Co-President & Undergraduate Education Coordinator 

Hometown: Dover, Delaware
Major: Honors English Literature, Educational Studies & Political Science 
To me, philanthropy is so many different things. It's a way to be a civically engaged citizen, a way to show your care for the causes you deem important, and a way to support the common good. At Swarthmore, Philanthropy is particularly important because it is tied so deeply to our institutional values. Philanthropy at Swarthmore helps to build the sense of community that we cherish so deeply. As a student on Financial Aid, I would not be able to attend Swarthmore without philanthropic efforts. As co-president of SPC, I am so excited to share my passion and appreciation for philanthropy with the student body and the broader college community. 

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Gilbert Guerra ‘19 - Treasurer & Secretary 

Major: Political Science
Hometown: Forrest County MS

I grew up as the child of two Mexican immigrants in Mississippi, the poorest state in the union. The Swarthmore Fund doesn't just allow me to go to a good college, it allows me to realize a generational dream of attaining an American education and putting it to good use. I see philanthropy as a way to support important causes and communities by donating and contributing to their well-being. Student philanthropy is important at Swarthmore because it makes students more knowledgeable of the impact they can have through charitable donations. Most students don't think of themselves as philanthropists, so hopefully by the time people graduate they will feel empowered to make a difference regardless of how much disposable income they have. I am looking forward to challenging student's perceptions of what the Swarthmore Fund is and highlighting the ways it impacts the lives of everyone on campus.