The partnership of UCU with charitable organizations, foundations, and private individuals is based on the assertion that the University is above all a “philosophical” and not a commercial project, and so it is not someone’s private property but part of the common good. Fundraising activities should be conducted on the basis of the voluntary actions of a donor, aimed at serving and strengthening the common good. The recipients of charitable activities are not individual persons who work or study at the University but all those who benefit from the results of the activities of the institution as it carries out its mission. Such an understanding of charitable fundraising is realized when, let us say, an individual student receives a scholarship.
UCU has the conviction that charitable fundraising consists of the voluntary exchange of gifts, in which the donor publicly acknowledges that he or she shares the professed values and aspirations of those who will benefit from his or her generosity.
The tradition of philanthropy is rooted in the evangelical principles of mercy, solidarity, altruistic service of others, and also in the European principles of civic conscience, equality, social justice, and responsibility for the welfare of society.
UCU is aware that honesty and transparency in the use of the gifts received is the University’s responsible contribution to the matter of appropriately honoring the whole civic practice of philanthropy, and also increases donors’ trust in non-profit organizations and their activities.