Syracuse University Philanthropy Week

Congratulations to Maxwell’s Andrew Lunetta (’14 MPA Candidate) for his inspiring remarks at the 2014 Phanstiel Lecture and also to Maxwell alumnus Christopher Meek ’92 BA PSc/Econ who was honored with Syracuse University’s Orange Circle Award. If you’d like to learn more about the important work these two Maxwellians are doing, watch the video Tiny Homes, Big Hearts ( that highlights Lunetta’s work and visit the Soldier Socks website ( to learn about Meek’s work helping veterans.

SU is US

This week, Syracuse University is celebrating “Philanthropy Week” with a variety of events on campus. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the 2014 Phanstiel Lecture and Orange Circle Awards. The lecture featured Andrew Lunetta, a graduate student in the master of public administration program in SU’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Lunetta is founder of Pedal to Possibilities, a program that provides bicycles to the homeless in Syracuse. His presentation “Philanthropy: Who Says It’s a One-Way Street?” was inspirational as well as thought provoking.


Two years ago, after Lunetta returned to Central New York from a 3,200 mile cross-country bike trek to raise money for the Brady Faith Center in Syracuse, he decided to lease a home in the city of Syracuse and share it with homeless men who were making their way out of the shelter system. Two years later, the program is still going…

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