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 by 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 the giving challenges like Giving Tuesday and The Founders Day Giving Challenge, and engages the entire Catholic University community at events.

Benefits
  • 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
Requirements
  • Have a GPA of at least a 2.5 
  • Volunteer for one office hour per week
  • Make membership a high priority with respect to their 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 to develop a passion for philanthropy and developing an awareness of campus
Executive Board Members
Allie Leingang
Allie Leingang, Class of 2020
Co-President — “I love being part of SPC because I love being involved at Catholic University and giving back to the institution that has already given me so much.”
Julia Tyrrell
Julia Tyrrell, Class of 2020
Co-President — “In addition to SPC, I work at Orangetheory Fitness and Unspoken Thoughts where I help middle and high school students with autism. I am passionate about what I do: I love helping the University, exercising, and helping my students achieve their full potential.”
Abigail Anger
Abigail Anger, Class of 2022
Vice President of Events — “As a member of SPC, I am empowered to provide students more opportunities to grow spiritually, socially, and intellectually.”
Matt Delfini
Matt Delfini, Class of 2021
Vice President of Communications — “I have the opportunity to make connections with peers and alumni in the pursuit of making our campus a better place. Catholic University has been my home away from home and it makes sense that I give back to this incredible community.”
David Doyle
David Doyle, Class of 2022
Advancement Liaison — “The Council is a natural extension of my experience in alumni relations, concierge, and development. I look forward to building out a dynamic network for graduates and students!”
Mary Etowski
Mary Etowski, Class of 2021
Vice President of Events — “I want Catholic University students to understand the importance of giving back. I enjoy being able to actively improve the University and helping to create more opportunities for students. In addition to SPC, I participate in the Cardinal Service Corps and Cardinal Red Cross.”
Kevin Fanning
Kevin Fanning, Class of 2021
Vice President of Outreach — In my two years as a member of SPC, I have seen the group's impact on the University and my life. In addition to SPC, I am the President of the History Club and participate in Residence Life.
Madeline Groettum
Madeline Groettum, Class of 2021
Vice President of Administration — “I came to Catholic University from Minnesota, eager to be an active member of this faith-based community. With SPC, I have a meaningful way of serving the community and advancing the mission of the University.”
Paige McQuillen
Paige McQuillen, Class of 2020
Vice President of Communications — “I am an active networker, and I love to take advantage of what this city offers. When I'm not studying or working for my dog-walking job, I'm out with my friends, either breaking bread at Filomena Ristorante or sharing sweet treats at Baked and Wired.”
Katelyn Schnoor
Katelyn Schnoor, Class of 2021
Vice President of Stewardship — “As an SPC member, I educate my fellow students on the joys of giving back to our University. I am also a Cardinal Ambassador and the manager of Campus Ministry's Renew and Encounter. I serve Catholic University for the betterment of our entire community.”