My friends really didn't understand why I would give money to my alma mater. "People pay tuition. Don't they have enough funding? We don't get it."
My question is Why wouldn't I give back to my college?
Ultimately for me, it's really never a question of why or why not, it's how much! I had such a great educational and coming-of-age experience at my college that I want other women to have the opportunity to get the same great education and experience that I had.
So here's my list of reasons of why I give:
- Tuition does not cover the entire cost of the education. Alumnae donations make up the difference.
- It's intrinsic: If you believe in a cause, institution, organization, then you should support it.
- More women in strong, influential, top positions attended women's colleges. There are benefits to single gender education.
- The percentage of alumnae giving is vital to the college for receiving grants and outside funding. If we ain't giving, why would someone on the "outside" want to give?
- Traditions: Cornhuskin', Spring Fling, Class Day, daisy chains, hunting for the crook, ring dinners, luminaries, Honor Code, clubs and associations
- Giving keeps me connected with the college, participating on committees and boards, staying in touch with the changing campus and community.
- Giving makes me feel good!