While not many students deciding factor when choosing a college, a colleges philanthropic activities should be considered when making your decision. If volunteering and giving back to the community are important then one of the colleges on the list below may be for you. These colleges have exemplified what it takes to truly become a positive influence in their community.
1. Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona
Arizona State University has an entire center dedicated to philanthropy called ‘Lodestar Center’. The variety of programs offered by the center helps to raise awareness to the importance of volunteering in your community and makes it easier for students to get invlolved. ASU is also very active in the surrounding community with numerous group volunteering activities year round.
2. Rollins College – Winter Park, Florida
Rollins College is Florida’s oldest secondary institution and a very active member of its community. Rollins is famous for its center dedicated to philanthropic activities. Their are numerous volunteering groups and organizations on campus. Rollins even helps promote a week long mission trip where students are given the opportunity to build homes for the less fortunate.
3. University of Virginia – Charlottesville, Virginia
The Philanthropy Committee of the University of Virginia was established in 1993 and at the time was one of the first university committees dedicated to philanthropy. Since then the committee has almost doubled in size and spawned numerous similar philanthropic dedicated organizations at other colleges.
4. University of Houston – Houston, Texas
The University of Houston uses money raised from their philanthropic activities to help provide financial aid to students who most need it. Not only does the University of Houston help provide financial aid, but they are a strong financial supporter of several local charities.
5. Indiana University – Indianapolis, Indiana
Indiana university has a department dedicated to philanthropy named ‘Lilly Family – School of Philanthropy’. The school provides seminars and classes to help raise money for the program and the surrounding communities. Indiana students are even able in certain situations to receive credit for their volunteer work.
6. Edinboro University – Edinboro, Pennsylvania
Edinboro University has a dedicated Philanthropy Council that arranges and organizes workshops and events which help raised funds for underprivileged students. Edinboro is very active in the community and is a strong supporter of the local animal shelters in the area. Edinboro has several programs which allow students to travel and help volunteer in the local community.
7. Stanford University – Stanford, California
The university’s Philanthropy and Civil Society bring together leaders and scholars in the philanthropy field. Stanford also has a large endowment fund, which they use to help students in need of financial aid as well as to promote local volunteering events in the area to their students. Stanford even helps sponsor events where students can perform group volunteer work at a organization of their choice.
8. Cornell University – Ithaca, New York
Cornell University was one of the earliest Universities to establish a philanthropic council. The council focuses on raising money for local charities and for students in need. Cornell has one of the most active student volunteer groups in the country and many students travel to Africa each year to help build homes in rural areas.
9. Gordon College – Wenham, Massachusetts
The Gordon College is partnered with several local organizations to help fundraise for the community’s nonprofit organizations. Gordon also offers a degree focused on philanthropy and students are able to get credit for volunteer hours in certain situations.
10. University of Colorado Boulder – Boulder, Colorado
The University of Colorado Boulder has a number of student run volunteer organizations on campus. They also have one of the most activie greek life in terms of charitable donations and volunteer work. They have a volunteer resource center which helps connect students with a volunteer opportunities in the area. They currently boast over 250 volunteer opportunities that students can get involved with.