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.
Give to the Max Day at Metro State
You may choose to designate your gift to:
- The Metro Fund: Unrestricted gifts to support university programs.
- The Holiday Giving Program Fund: A holiday tradition at Metropolitan State; it allows faculty and staff the opportunity to make students’ lives a little brighter in December.
- The Student Success Fund: Supports students who are nearing completion of their degree, but have exhausted their financial aid options. Gifts to this fund will prevent students from dropping out for financial reasons.
How to help:
- Give on Nov. 16. Each hour on Give to the Max Day, one “Golden Ticket” of $1,000 will be awarded through a random drawing of all donations transacted during the previous hour. One “Super-Sized Golden Ticket” of $10,000 will be awarded, drawn randomly from all donations made through GiveMN.org.
- Or give at any time between Nov. 1 and Nov. 16. Additional Golden Tickets of $500 will be awarded during the 15 days of scheduled giving from Nov. 1 through Nov. 15.
- Share your feedback with Kristine Hansen, Alumni Relations Director, at Kristine.email@example.com or 651−793−1810 . Let her know can how student can help you be ambassadors for philanthropy at Metro State.
What is less clear is what it actually costs the university to educate each student. I will let you peek behind the curtain.
A student pays 45 percent of the cost of education at Metro State. The state of Minnesota kicks in 40 percent. Now we are left with 15 percent. This gap is made up through gifts; gifts that make up scholarships, program funds, internships, stipends, hardships and gap grants. This is also the gap that allows us to send students to conferences, show movies, hold cultural events and buy pizza for meetings.
So why should someone want to close this 15 percent gap? Simply put, someone else did it for them when they were students.
The value of your education is so much more than what it cost you to get your diploma. And there won’t be a day in your professional career when you will not draw upon your ‘Metro State experience.’
Members of the Metro State family, alumni and friends, have long understood the value of living in a community with educated people. Some have decided to contribute to build this community by investing in education – your education! I urge you to join them and become an architect of your own future.
Start a new trend, become a student philanthropist! Set aside $1 each week, in 20 weeks you will have $20. Get five of your friends to join you and together you can give $100 to be applied to student scholarships or any fund you choose.
But it’s about more than the money. The foundation office can use your philanthropy to inspire people with deeper pockets to give to your cause. It is difficult to resist an appeal from a student who is also a donor!
You might be amazed at how you feel when you become an active participant in the progress of your alma mater.
Start the habit today and lead in the most elegant way — by example. Stop by the Metropolitan State University Foundation Office on the second floor of Founders Hall and bring us your ideas, your plans and your gifts. We welcome all conversations.