For the past few years, the Student Philanthropy Association has been running engagement-based philanthropic campaigns on campus and online!

Engagement-based philanthropy means that our campaigns have involved students taking action rather than contributing financially. Thanks to our matching donors, we have been able to secure a financial contribution in support of a student-focused fund at Carleton each time that a student has taken part in our campaigns! Check out some of our past campaigns below to get a better idea of what this looks like:

CU Making Memories

The CU Making Memories was a campaign led by the Student Philanthropy Association (SPA) in the Winter 2022 semester to encourage students to share their favourite memory they have made so far during their time at Carleton: “Remember the past, support the future”.

For each memory submitted, the Carleton University Alumni Association (CUAA) donated $10 on the students’ behalf to the Endowed Student Emergency Fund. The CU Making Memories campaign ended with a total of $1300 donated by the CUAA on behalf of our student participants to this fund!

The Endowed Student Emergency Fund (SEF) is designed to provide emergency financial assistance to Carleton University students experiencing unexpected financial hardship related to critical needs such as groceries, medications, and utilities. The SEF allows students to receive financial assistance in emergency situations so that their basic needs can be met. If you are a current Carleton student looking to apply to the SEF, please click here for the intake form.

Students filling out the form also had the option to submit a photograph related to the CU Memory they shared. Click through the gallery below to view the CU Making Memories Yearbook which highlights some of the memories that were submitted by students, and Head to our Instagram, @carletonspa to check out our posts from throughout the campaign.

The CU Making Memories Yearbook

Ravens’ Reflections

The SPA Ravens’ Reflections campaign ran twice in Winter 2021 and Fall 2021. Students were asked to write a meaningful note of thanks to someone who helped them in their time at Carleton – a professor, a parent, a friend, or anyone at all!

For each student that wrote a reflection, the Carleton University Alumni Association contributed $10 towards the Wellness Fund.

Our Ravens’ Reflections campaign was ran primarily on our Instagram, @carletonSPA. If you would to check out some of the reflections, you can view them from the RR Winter and Fall 2021 highlights.

Philanthropy Spotlights – Fall 2020

For our first online campaign, the SPA ambassadors interviewed Carleton student leaders who have made an impact on campus through their work in philanthropy. The results were so fascinating! We were able to hear different folks’ stories of how they came to be involved in philanthropy, what philanthropy means to each of them, and learn a bit more about the unique roles that philanthropy plays on campus.

You can read all of the interviews at this page here!

CU Stronger Together – Fall 2019

CU Stronger Together was a campaign showcasing the strength of Carleton’s community – how all    students come together to support each other! Students were asked to write a note on a paper chain link about how the CU community has supported them. These chain links were then all woven together to create one large final celebration of the student body’s support – the Philanthro-tree!

For each student that wrote a note, our matching donor contributed $5 towards the Enriched Support Program. Our goal was 400 engagements and in  the end we surpassed this, bringing in over $2000 for the program!

Photobooth Campaign – Fall 2018

Our Photobooth Campaign aimed to create a meaningful relationship between students and donors, while supporting the campus community at the same time! Students were asked to take photos in a photobooth set up in the University Centre, holding Carleton-themed props that showed their thanks towards donors.

For each student that took a photo, our matching donor contributed $5 to the Student Emergency Fund. Our goal was initially 200 photos and we blew past that, securing over $1000 for the fund!