The Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) creates a culture of philanthropy among the Catholic University community.

  • Are you passionate about improving the Catholic University experience?
  • Do you want to learn more about philanthropy and fundraising?
  • Do you twitch with excitement at the prospect of networking with Catholic University alumni, faculty, staff, and your student peers?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should apply to join SPC!

As part of our annual giving team, SPC manages the Senior Class Gift, promotes giving challenges like Giving Tuesday and The Founders Day Giving Challenge, and engages the entire Catholic University community at events.

  • Networking: Connect with prominent alumni and donors of the University
  • Fundraising: Become adept at soliciting for gifts, particularly with faculty, staff, and fellow students
  • Marketing: Create and execute marketing plans
  • Event planning: Help plan, set up, and execute high-level events for alumni and donors
  • Leadership: Serve as the leader for some projects
  • Teamwork: Collaborate with University Advancement staff and fellow SPC members
  • Have a GPA of at least a 2.5
  • Volunteer for one office hour per week
  • Make membership a high priority with respect to your time and effort
  • Exhibit strong public speaking and interpersonal skills to converse with alumni, donors, and friends of the University
  • Help with events such as The Founders Day Giving Challenge, Athletics Hall of Fame, Senior Week, and more
  • Have a passion for or develop a passion for philanthropy and developing an awareness of campus
Executive Board Members
Molly Haas
Molly Haas, Class of 2023
William McGowan
William (Bill) McGowan, Class of 2022
Caten Knopf
Caten Knopf, Class of 2023
Co-Vice President of Advancement
Sheila Magrini
Sheila Magrini, Class of 2022
Co-Vice President of Advancement
Madeleine Naleski
Madeleine Naleski, Class of 2023
Co-Vice President of Events
Mary Grace Raddell
Mary Grace Raddell, Class of 2024
Co-Vice President of Events
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Luís Marull, Class of 2022
Vice President of Administration
Curtis Bommer
Curtis Bommer, Class of 2023
Vice President of Stewardship
Kelsey Nowack
Kelsey Nowack, Class of 2022
Vice President of Communications
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Kathryn Greenhut, Class of 2024
Athletics Liaison
  • Sadie Abood, Class of 2024
  • Ryan Eells, Class of 2024
  • Cleo Kirila, Class of 2024
  • Patty Kwiatek, Class of 2023
  • Ann Laurent, Class of 2024
  • Ellen Lee, Class of 2022
  • Nic Scalzo, Class of 2023
Stories featuring SPC
Students create bonds with 1887 Society members
September 13, 2021
With the Cardinal Connections program, members of the Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) are matched with mentors in the 1887 Society with the goal of providing career advice and guidance to current students.
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Class of 2020 Impact Scholarship: A dream becomes a reality
June 24, 2020

The Class of 2020 wanted to approach the tradition of the senior class gift in a different way. When considering their options, the students said they wanted to feel they were making a specific impact on Catholic University — and so they chose to raise

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Student Philanthropy Council hosts virtual events for students
April 23, 2020

The Student Philanthropic Council (SPC) announces two weeks of virtual events for students to end the 2019-2020 academic year. Some are serious, and some are silly. But all of them will keep students connected to the Catholic University community so they can finish the year

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