Rita M. Dribble

    OPINION: To give is to receive: The value of student donations

    by , November, 2017
    Rita M. Dibble joined Metro State as Chief Advancement Officer on May 1. Photo courtesy of Metropolitan State University.

    What is your reac­tion when some­one approaches you for a dona­tion to your uni­ver­sity? Let me guess: You roll your eyes and won­der how any­one could ask a stu­dent for money! But give me 10 min­utes of your time and I can open the door to the won­der­ful world of philanthropy.

    There is a dif­fer­ence between cost and value. For instance it costs you $2 to buy your favorite ice cream. But what price can you put on the plea­sure you get from eat­ing ice cream on a hot day? I sus­pect it is much more than $2.

    It is the same with your edu­ca­tion. It costs a Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity stu­dent $7,860 to attend the uni­ver­sity for one year. A degree can get you a job with a start­ing salary of $48,000 each year. The value is a six­fold increase in this example.

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