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Student Philanthropy Education Program (SPEP)



To provide leadership opportunities and educate students about the impact of philanthropy at UW Bothell.


SPEP gives students an in-depth look at fundraising operations at the University of Washington Bothell and allows for a better understanding of the role philanthropy plays at the University. The program helps students communicate the goals, purpose and programs of UW Advancement while allowing them the opportunity to educate other students about the importance of giving back.

“Being a part of the Student Philanthropy Education Program has been a transformative experience. It has changed the way I think about my community, public service and higher education. There are few things that are as empowering and liberating as a college education and the battle to expand college accessibility is a cause worthy of our attention.  By helping to create a culture of giving back, in whatever form that may take, SPEP members are at the frontlines of the fight for higher education. That’s why I am proud to be a part of SPEP. ” – Rutger Ceballos, Former Chair, Class of 2014


SPEP’s council consists of a group of highly motivated students interested in the promotion of philanthropic awareness on campus. Students who serve on the council receive training in event planning, project management, fundraising, strategic planning and marketing. 

If you are interested in joining SPEP as a general council member or to be a part of the leadership team, contact our leadership team.


Chair: Portia Boyle
Digital Media Director: Thi Van & Ingrid Lujan
Events Directors: Karla Sanchez
Marketing & Communications Directors: Tanya Kumar & Valerie Chen
Administrative Director: Christina Lim
Outreach Director: Noelle Ahn
Volunteer Director: Jamie Voigt


As students, we don’t often consider ourselves philanthropists, but we still understand the impact of giving on our college experience. We strive to give back to the University and the community with our time through volunteering, education, and community outreach. 


W Day- October 16, 2015

"W" Day is a celebration of the University of Washington's birthday! We will be giving out free W-Day t-shirts and free cupcakes in the Codex from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. 

Philanthropy Day – TBA

Celebrate the impact of Philanthropy on campus! Look for our SPEP tables in the Plaza as we connect with the student body to talk about philanthropy on campus. You'll also see purple bows with gift tags around campus, which are visual representations of the impact of private support on UW Bothell. 

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How to Join

SPEP is actively looking for new members for the 2015-2016 school year. If you are interested in joining, please contact our leadership team

Leadership positions are closed for the 2015-2016 school year. Applications for the 2016-2017 school year will be made available online in July 2016.


Allison Young
UW Bothell Advancement & External Relations
Box 358528, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011

Did you know?

$12.5 Million

Total amount received in private contributions to support student programming and faculty research


Number of individuals who supported UW Bothell in 2013-14


Number of students who received privately funded scholarships in 2013-14


Percentage of UW Bothell operating budget made up by gifts and grants