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Gather. Give. Tangible Impact.

The Student Philanthropic Front (the Phront) raises awareness and funds for student-led humanitarian initiatives. We match student activism and passion with the fiscal power to achieve the difference that we, as students, strive to promote. The Phront is a resource center for student groups and individuals alike to request help with their fundraising needs. Our primary objective is to raise and donate funds, and get as many groups and individuals alike involved in the process. We see things very simply: Gather. Give. Tangible Impact.

Brandeis University is a community of scholars and students united by their commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and its transmission from generation to generation. Brandeis affirms the importance of a broad and critical education in enriching the lives of students and preparing them for full participation in a changing society, capable of promoting their own welfare, yet remaining deeply concerned about the welfare of others. Brandeis was founded in 1948 as a nonsectarian university under the sponsorship of the American Jewish community to embody its highest ethical and cultural values through the traditional Jewish commitment to education.

2010 Executive Board:

Sammy is a Junior at Brandeis majoring in Health Policy and minoring in Economics and Philosophy. Sammy interned at the Middle East Media Research Institute in Jerusalem. Most recently, Sammy has volunteered with Unite For Sight as a Global Impact Fellow in Bihar, India and now serves as their Brandeis University Campus Representative.  His interest is in venture philanthropy.  A native of Panama, Sammy loves cooking, trying exotic cuisines, traveling, and surfing.

Tripti is a sophomore pursuing a double major in Economics and IGS.  She is an international student from India and in the future would like to go back to India to research and work in the field of developmental Economics, focusing on the rural sectors.  She loves to travel and explore different places, meet new people and eat great food.

Judy Kaufman (2012), grew up in Orange County, New York and arrived at Brandeis as a midyear. She is a Studio Art major and a Chemistry Minor, and has been an active member of the Phront since her first semester at Brandeis.

Born in Miami to Cuban parents and raised in Venezuela. Antonio is a sophomore pursuing a major in Computer Science. He has a strong interest in humanitarian causes. Hopes to help the Phront use technology to expand its philanthropic projects.

Julian founded the Phront in Fall 2008 because he couldn't figure out how else to balance charity with student activism. Julian has served as Director of Nonprofit Management at A Dozen Trees (corporate giving start up) in Cambridge, MA and most recently, has interned as a healthcare investment banker at Barclays Capital. Julian is currently a senior at Brandeis, majoring in Economics, English Literature and European Cultural Studies. Hobbies include glass blowing, playing music, frisbee, and most recently: running marathons!

Born in Istanbul, Turkey Pelin ia sophomore pursuing a major in Mathematics. She has been involved other community service projects mainly involving  children, however this is the first time she is acting as a treasurer. She is really enthusiastic about being part of the Phront, and hopes to use her quantitative skills to help the club.

Sammy Icaza


Tripti Singh

Vice President

Judy Kaufman


Pelin Akan


Antonio Cancio


Julian Olidort