We all know that a bribe is giving something with the intent to receive something in exchange- very often money for preferential treatment. A donation is an above board gifting of money or something of value for no purpose other than philanthropy.
Except in the light of the college cheating scandal, people are starting to question if donations are thinly veiled bribes.
Hmmmm….What do we think about families who give donations and expect that there children will get into a certain school…..What do I think about it….
Straight up: I have absolutely no problem with donations to colleges. I do not even put it in the same category as a bribe.
Colleges are non profit institutions. How do non profits typically receive money? In the case of colleges, we have tuition. Sure. Every student pays a tuition. But even at the ridiculous price colleges charge, it is not even close to being able to sustain the expenses that a college incurs. Salaries. Upkeep. Supplies. I want you to think about all the things at a college, and then tell me how much they cost…
Some colleges are State Schools and receive money from the state. This enables the school to have a lower tuition, but they still have all the same expenses…salaries, upkeep, blah blah blah…
Many colleges receive huge money from sports programs, television, merchandise sales. How do you feel about a school that uses subsidies from athletics to pay for things? Can you feel my tone from reading that statement? If you can’t I’ll tell you flat out: there was tone in that statement.
So how do colleges cover all their operating expenses?
Buildings are built on the backs of donations. Labs are made state of the art on the backs of donations. Dorms are given facelifts on the backs of donations. Look at any college/university and the majority of what you see is made possible by endowments and donations.
Scholarships are made possible because of donations. Financial aid is made possible by donations. If there are no donations, explain to me how people without the means to attend would possibly be able to attend?
So yes. Sometimes kids are admitted to a school because there last name is on a building. And very often that kid is not a stellar student. And you’re all thinking that that one kid took the spot of someone deserving of a spot.
I get that. I really do. My daughter was just rejected from ten schools that probably admitted some undeserving students. No one gets this more than me.
I’m OK with the trade off of ten kids who have families that have donated millions to a school in order for that school making money available to help kids that have earned a spot in that institution but can’t afford it. Because that’s the kind of donations we’re talking about: millions. Not thousands. Millions.
People are questioning the alleged $500,000 bribe. They’re asking- if they had that much money, why didn’t they just donate to the school? And here’s the reality: 500m is not enough of a donation to get your child into a school. Not. Even. Close. It may seem like a lot of money to me and you, but if your kid is really a subpar student, it’s not enough. it’s not donation. It’s DONATION.
I know many are going to disagree with me on this. But before you flat out go against me, really think about what I said. How does a non profit make money to cover its expenses?