About SGA’s Service & Philanthropy Board

SGA’s Service and Philanthropy Board is dedicated to the fostering and implementation of quality service and conscientious philanthropy through on-campus events, community action, and support of social responsibility. SGA will accomplish these goals through immediate response and ongoing education, guided by the five critical elements of service: promoting community voice, orientation and training, meaningful action, reflection, and evaluation. SGA’s Service and Philanthropy Board includes three major organizations: Butler University Dance Marathon, Spring Sports Spectacular, and Bulldogs Into the Streets.

Butler University Dance Marathon

Butler University Dance Marathon (BUDM) is dedicated to raising money for Riley Hospital for Children through various events during the year culminating in the annual marathon in the Spring. The marathon is a 12-hour event where participants stand for the entire time to honor children at Riley who cannot stand.  At the event, students participate in fun activities, dance, and interact with Riley kids and families. Riley families and doctors provide stories of inspiration for the dancers to remind them how important their involvement in BUDM is to Riley Hospital for Children. Participants are challenged to fundraise throughout the year for Riley, and the marathon culminates with the revealing of the year-long fundraising total that supports Riley Hospital for Children.  For more information, check out BUDM’s website!

Spring Sports Spectacular for Special Olympics

Spring Sports Spectacular promotes campus unity that benefits Special Olympics Indiana through the annual Polar Plunge and Spring Sports Spectacular. It believes in Special Olympics’ mission, which is to: “provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.” 

Bulldogs Into the Streets (BITS)

For over 20 years, BITS has been the capstone to Butler University’s “Welcome Week,” providing an opportunity for new students to start the year and their Butler experience off with service. In 2015, it was expanded to include new and returning students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Butler family. Now, BITS is the newest committee of SGA’s Service & Philanthropy Board.