Annie Fesenmeier, a senior studying anthropology, currently serves as president of Student Philanthropy Board. Annie got involved with the Student Philanthropy Board her sophomore year when she took a class for her minor, Philanthropy and Nonprofit studies.
“Being the president this year has been such an awesome opportunity for me to be able to meet and work with local philanthropists, as well as students who are passionate about giving back,” said Annie. “It’s really given me the chance to learn more about my community, connect with likeminded students, broaden my knowledge about philanthropy, and dedicate my time helping others.”
Auburn is one of the few schools that offers a minor in Philanthropy and Nonprofit studies. The Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, is an academic center in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University. The Center is recognized as a national leader, advancing knowledge and innovation in the areas of financial wellness, philanthropic engagement, and nonprofit studies.
“Philanthropy is about connecting with others on a level that is deep enough that you can really put yourself in someone else’s shoes,” said Annie. “It’s been the most rewarding thing I’ve gotten involved with during my time at Auburn!”
Amelia Langhart, a junior studying supply chain management at Auburn, has always had a heart for helping others. She found and outlet for this passion when she joined the sorority Pi Beta Phi.
Her sophomore year, Amelia was elected to serve as Pi Beta Phi’s VP of Philanthropy. Pi Beta Phi’s national philanthropic initiative is to eradicate illiteracy through hands-on partnerships as well as through fundraising efforts.
“Through this position, I was able to empower the women I call my sisters through service and philanthropy,” Amelia remarked. “The positivity and level of commitment that I saw from the women of Pi Phi was just a bonus to leading in that position. I wanted to bring a new perspective to the chapter about service and challenge them to think of ways they could serve through their time in Pi Phi to better the lives of people within their community.”
Amelia has recently been elected president of Pi Beta Phi at Auburn, and she plans to continue the support and passion for her chapter that began while she was VP of Philanthropy.
“Advocating for women’s development is something I have always had a passion for, and I will continue to do whatever I can to empower the women around me no matter what stage in life I am in!”
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