The following Pope Center articles address the mixed feelings that many alumni hold, often with good reason, about their alma mater. These articles discuss the perils of giving to universities that may neglect the donor’s wishes, and offer alternatives for dissatisfied alumni.
April 28, 2008 Giving the Right Way by Jane Shaw. The Center for Excellence in Higher Education advises college donors how to craft their gifts to be effective.
December 15, 2008 An Unsettling Conclusion by Jane Shaw. The Robertson v. Princeton settlement shows that universities will pursue their self-interest, just like anyone else.
October 6, 2009 The Culture Chasm at UNC by Jane Shaw. Selections for a lecture series on “Renewing the Western Tradition” reveal the radically differing perspectives of academics and the rest of us.
December 22, 2009 Should I Give to Wellesley? by Jane Shaw. Does an alumna “owe” something to the school that she attended and whose teaching she paid for?
December 24, 2009 The Spirit of Giving by Jay Schalin. It’s time to give some serious thought about alternatives to making a contribution to your beloved (or not) alma mater.
June 10, 2010 Standing Up to My Alma Mater by Jenna Ashley Robinson. One graduate finds out that she can support her school without giving administrators free rein to use the money as they wish.