S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for "Students Make a Resounding Tribute." It is a student philanthropy program designed to engage current Saint Martin's students in philanthropic activities on campus.
It’s easy to become a S.M.A.R.T. student! Simply participate in some of the S.M.A.R.T. events, compete in the social media activities posted at #smusmarties, post fun photos and videos, share ideas and stories on the Saint Martin's Facebook page and if you are a senior graduating in 2016, participate in Senior Class Giving Month!
Philanthropy is anything that represents an effort to help others, without getting something back in return. When talking about financial gifts, the amount of the gift is not what characterizes a philanthropist.
Am I a philanthropist?
Have you ever given someone your spare change on the street, or perhaps given to a charity? Or, have you ever volunteered at school, or perhaps your place of worship or an animal shelter? If you answered yes to any of these, then you are a philanthropist!
National Philanthropy Day
Saint Martin's will have some donor-centric events centered around National Philanthropy Day, which is November 15, 2015. It is a celebration of philanthropy, giving, volunteering and charitable engagement that highlights the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy and all those involved in the philanthropic process, makes to our society and our world.
We are Philanthro-PyGs! There are four of us, one representing each class year. We work with the Saint Martin's Office of Institutional Advancement as part of the S.M.A.R.T. program. In case you didn't know, the Office of IA is the fundraising arm of the University. These staff members talk with alumni, parents and friends, as well as corporations and foundations, to encourage them to be philanthropic to the university.
Pig naming contest
First year students - get ready to name your 2019 class pig! Last year’s Class of 2015 pig (Hamilton) has graduated, the junior class pig (Spamela) is now a senior, the sophomore class pig (Smarticus) is finally a junior and Albert Einswine is now in our sophomore class. We will hold a one-week contest to name the first year pig, and a prize will be awarded for the winning name!
Pigs on campus to hunt? Don’t worry, no harm will come to these rubber SMART pigs! Last year many students participated in this fun event where over 100 pigs were hidden and turned in for prizes. Are you going to be the student that finds the “special” pig and wins the big money prize? More details soon!
By the Numbers
Each month, there will be a contest for students to guess the number of items in a particular container! How does this relate to philanthropy? The number of pieces that you will be guessing relates to some kind of number in philanthropy (i.e. how many new donors did Saint Martin’s have in the 2015 calendar year)? Watch for the first one coming up soon!
This an an art contest for students, focused more on you having fun with your art than perfection. Even if you do not consider yourself to be an artist, make something fun and submit it to us! The only requirement? Your work must contain one packet of Smarties candies (which we will provide to you!) Stay tuned for the date!
SMU Gives Thanks
Fun day of students writing thank you notes to donors and participating in other “thank you” activities. This is a day-long event where students can drop in and write a thank you note to donors, make a video or have their picture taken, participate in contests, raffles and more. SMU Gives Thanks takes place in November near National Philanthropy Day.
Similar to the SMARTies art contest, this one has a twist. For our more “technical” students, there is going to be a contest to build a small structure. Half of your structure must be made from candy, and of that candy, one packet must be Smarties candy. Prize for the best SMART structure! More details coming soon!
Senior class gift
The mission of the senior class gift is to promote a philanthropic spirit amongst the graduating class. Senior class giving begins March 21, 2016 and ends May 6, 2016.
Why should I give?
- To provide scholarship money for a senior.
- To be listed on the website as a donor to the Senior Class Giving campaign.
- Because you recognize that others before you have given, which has helped build the buildings on campus, provided scholarships and many other opportunities you had while at Saint Martin's.
- Because 95% of students at Saint Martin's have a need for financial aid, and you can help them.
- To help boost Saint Martin's national rankings, and value of your degree. Senior giving is counted towards alumni giving, which is considered in the rankings.
Wear the senior class medal at graduation
While any gift amount will be helpful, for every senior who donates a minimum of $20 will be given a special medal that you can wear at graduation.
Win a $100 gift card
For every senior who contributes at least $20 you will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card!