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Philanthropy Education Council 

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The Philanthropy Education Council is the Ball State University Foundation’s official student group in charge of student and campus engagement and philanthropy for the award-winning One Ball State Day (OBSD). Students plan and execute OBSD events such as Cardinal Cab, I Spy Charlie, Pizza with the President, Cardinal Nest, and other activities. The council also assists in the campus-wide Thank a Donor Day where students and employees are given an opportunity to personally thank the thousands of alumni, parents, and friends who make gifts to support the University. It is the mission of PEC to educate their Ball State student peers about philanthropy at the University and answering the call to Beneficence.

  • Be an ambassador for the University.
  • Gain digital media, planning, organization, and leadership skills.
  • Help plan high-profile events such as the University’s giving day—One Ball State Day.
  • Network with alumni and donors at Ball State Foundation events.
  • Connect with other Ball State students.
  • Be featured in media and print communication pieces.

Interested in joining PEC?

Currently enrolled Ball State students are welcome to apply to join the Council.

Have a question or want more information? Contact Brittney Grim, advisor of the Philanthropy Education Council. 

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Council Initiatives

One Ball State DayTwo female students write a thank you letter at a One Ball State Day event

The Philanthropy Education Council is responsible for the student component of One Ball State Day – a 24-hour engagement and fundraising event where Cardinals across the world participate through social media and support their favorite areas of the University.

One Ball State Day unites the Cardinal Nation. It's a day we celebrate and support the University we love!

Thank A Donor Day

The Philanthropy Education Council assists with the execution of Thank a Donor Day—a celebration of our donors and their contributions to Ball State.

Top 100 Student Awards

Students pose in front of BeneficenceThe Philanthropy Education Council has the opportunity to lead the student promotion of the Top 100 Student Awards. This program honors 100 outstanding Ball State University junior and senior undergraduate students who excel in three categories: academic excellence, campus leadership, and community impact. These Cardinals represent Beneficence both in and out of the classroom. To learn more visit


Conor Dailey

Conor Dailey, '23

Music/Medallion Scholars (Environmental Stewardship)

Payten Romig

Payten Romig, '24
Vice President

Madisen Zent

Madisen Zent, '24
One Ball State Day Chair

Psychology, Political Science

Emma Schneider

Emma Schneider, '23
One Ball State Day Special Events Chair

Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising

Blake Reynolds

Blake Reynolds, '23
One Ball State Day Grab and Go Special Events Chair


Justyce Solomon

Justyce Solomon, '23
One Ball State Day Logistics Chair


Sunnie Berning

Sunnie Berning, '23
One Ball State Day Social Media Chair
Visual Communications

Josh Brandon

Joshua Brandon, '23
Philanthropy Social Media Chair
History, Pre-Law

Alethea Kessler

Aléthea Kessler, '23
Exceptional Needs Intense Intervention, Special Education

Tina Nguyen

Tina Nguyen, '23
Legal Studies, Political Science

Thomas Deckard

Thomas Deckard, '23
Journalism and Media

Callahan Lacy

Callahan Lacy, '25
Media Digital Audio Production

Mac Vore

Mac Vore, '26