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University of Evansville philanthropy week

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This week at the University of Evansville, there's an extra focus on giving back.

UE's third annual philanthropy week kicked off on Monday.

It's a chance for students to learn more about how financial gifts to the university are used.

Tuesday, there's a philanthropy scavenger hunt for students through Twitter.

Thursday is "UE Give 24".. a 24-hour social media giving blitz that asks for gifts of $24.

And all week long, students are being asked to sign thank you cards that will be sent to donors who give to the student scholarship fund.

"The main goal is just educate the student body on where their scholarship dollars come from, how WE, as a private, liberal arts university, is able to run year after year and that without the generous support from our alumni and friends of UE, you know, we wouldn't be able to award student scholarships to 95 percent of UE students, we wouldn't have amazing buildings like the Ridgway University Center," said Liz Riffert, UE Annual Giving Officer.

UE hopes teaching students about alumni support during philanthropy week will inspire them to continue to give back to the university after graduation.

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