Alumni Campaign News

In Memoriam: CEU Trustee Richard Blum

March 17, 2022

Former CEU Trustee Richard Blum passed away on February 27, 2022, at the age 86.

A longtime friend and supporter of CEU, Mr. Blum generously sponsored two alumni matching gift campaigns, in 2013 and 2015. These campaigns spurred alumni around the world to get involved and help raise tens of thousands of dollars in support the future of their alma mater.

Our sincere thanks to Mr. Blum and deepest condolences to Mr. Blum’s family. See full story. 

UPDATE: Relief Efforts for CEU Alumni from Ukraine

The war in Ukraine is a tragedy for the CEU family, which boasts nearly 1000 Ukrainian alumni and students. Since the war’s outbreak, on February 24, the university and its alumni community have mobilized to show solidarity and help alumni and students from Ukraine. See below for what’s being done.  

Here For You: Budapest Alumni Welcome Ukrainian Arrivals

Last Friday the CEU Residence Center in Budapest was busier than usual. Dozens of CEU alumni and friends gathered solemnly in a large conference room, brought together not for a reunion or meetup, but by the war in Ukraine. 

Several had recently arrived in Budapest, families in tow, after fleeing their homes. Some were now living in the dorm.

“I never thought I would be coming back to Kerepesi like this,” one said. 

Alumni Giving Increases in 2021, Tops $1.63 million

Despite another challenging year around the world, alumni giving in support of CEU increased in 2021. Throughout the year, donors raised a total of $137,292 – a 17.5% increase over the previous year. 

Challenge Accepted: Alumni Raise Nearly 60K in End-of-Year Fundraiser

Hundreds of CEU alumni from around the world raised nearly $60,000 last month in support of the university’s future students via the CEU 30 for 30 Alumni Matching Gift Challenge.

Prompted by a EUR 30,000 gift by alumnus Vladislav Shayman (LEGS ’06, EMBA ’14, Israel) the challenge was a means for of celebrating CEU’s 30th anniversary and helping it transition to a new chapter in Vienna.