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Why Former Students Do Not Give Back To Their School? Posted on 01-15-2008

phd1974
Lebanon, PA
A question posed by an HBCU member: After seeing the "Great Debaters" movie I read that Wiley College was in financial trouble, as well as several other HBCU's. I looked at several website that would show endowments and there was not a HBCU on the site. Several years ago when my kids were searching for colleges they all applied to HBCU's as well as other colleges. Their grades were good, they applied early, went to visit the schools, and heard from these schools later than any school applied. None of the HCBU's offered scholarships, or even the competition of earning a scholarship, even athletic scholarships. I checked a little further and found that many of the HBCU's had very small endowments, even though they have been around 75-100 years or more. I wondered why? Are we just takers? We take the HBCU experience, and education and never look back financially? We attend Homecomings, Band Battles, and other social functions, but how are building for the next generation? I did not attend an HBCU, and neither did my childern, but I have supported The United Negro College Fund with small donations I could afford. In short I am as guilty as those that attended an HBCU in not supporting them. Can a forum be opened to ask why the majority of former student do not give back, or is it a investment and management problem with the funds being given to the schools.
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theTRUTH replied on 01-15-2008 07:45PM [Reply]
I dont think HBCU graduates give as much as they could, but to say HBCU grads don't financially support our schools is very much an exaggeration in my opinion. If the majority of black colleges werent properly funded then you'd see a lot more Morris Brown situations popping up. Both my parents are HBCU graduates and give money. My uncle and aunt are HBCU graduates and give money to their perspective schools also. The HBCU grads I know are doing their part and so am I. To me, this issue includes both white and black schools. I dont think this is just an HBCU thing. PWC's are bigger, have more alumni thus getting more money. But I know plenty of PWC grads who havent been back and dont contribute.
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C Nels replied on 01-16-2008 02:44PM [Reply]
Attending Homecomings in itself is giving back to the school! Like Truth said it's not just an HBCU issue. We can come up with excuses all day as to why we don't give or why we do give but it'll all be speculation until we talk to each HBCU alumni and find out why we do what we do. Every alum's situation is different. You'll hardly ever find a recent graduate giving a significant donation right out the blocks. Giving back comes once they establish a foundation to build on and have enough to give.
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candicej1983 from New York, NY replied on 01-22-2008 03:04AM [Reply]
C_Nels wrote:
Attending Homecomings in itself is giving back to the school! Like Truth said it's not just an HBCU issue. We can come up with excuses all day as to why we don't give or why we do give but it'll all be speculation until we talk to each HBCU alumni and find out why we do what we do. Every alum's situation is different. You'll hardly ever find a recent graduate giving a significant donation right out the blocks. Giving back comes once they establish a foundation to build on and have enough to give.
I agree with the part about every alumni's situation is different and once established..they give back. Once established that is what I intend to do. As for Morris Homecoming....I'll give it ten years.
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lea from Hollywood, FL replied on 01-23-2008 07:29PM [Reply]

I LOVE my HBCU! Go BC!! but Homecoming is giving back especially when you gotta pay to park, enter the stadium, and enter the game itself! I give back when and what I can, especially since I'm still paying off that freshman year loan! most people dont give back, because they go for 2 years pledge and then drop out! the question needs to be why Grads of HBCU's dont give back!! I see alot of grads giving back in whatever way they can. I know a few who support their local HBCU if they went to school out of town! the issue is not as big with other schools (white and other public universities) because their public and get more govt funding! HBCU's are alright, go to Convocation and see all those CROWNS (sunday hats) on the front rows, thats your money right there! It just takes a while to get as established as you need to be to give as much as you really want to! Go BC ill be there for HARAMBEE!!!
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NeoSoulBrotha from Rosedale, MD replied on 01-24-2008 08:04PM [Reply]

I think there are several reasons many HBCUs aren't able to grow their endowments quickly, although some HBCUs have strong capital campaigns. First, many recent graduates aren't financially established to the point that they can make large contributions. Also, a good percentage of HBCUs are state-funded schools whose budgets are set by the government, or small private schools supported mostly by charitable giving. Some HBCUs leverage their alumni and business relationships extraordinarily well. For example, Howard, Morehouse, and Hampton have large endowments that continue to grow. Howard has significant investment in research and grantwriting, which generates revenue. Morehouse built a powerful alumni network and is able to keep alumni returning to campus and giving back. Hampton uses investment vehicles such as real estate development and growth funds, and spends very conservatively. All three colleges have fostered strong relationships with corporate sponsors. These approaches contribute to long term growth.
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DJ Knightmare from augusta, GA replied on 05-14-2008 05:27PM [Reply]

well with the rawnees non BS awnser...... *****s at Black college get Boo Booed on so much when it comes to finical aid.... books classes... that they kinda resent even going to a black school....i know my homies did(and yes they graduated lol). so the mindset of the alumni is F%%k it all... y should i give back when they did me so dirty when i was there
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replied on 06-07-2008 02:25PM [Reply]
My former HBCU is currently growing and expanding every semester. They're gaining new majors, new departments, and buildings every day. It's a beautiful thing. I don't know how much comes from donations from alum, but I already know I plan on giving back. I think alot of the giving comes from your relationship with your HBCU. There are classic HBCU sterotypes/pitfalls like bad customer service, lack of fin. aid, etc. However, if you can get past that and develop school pride amongst the majority of the students...they're more likely to support their HBCU in some capacity when they make it. Without school pride and growth at an HBCU, students leave bitter & unwilling to feed the beast.
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DJ Knightmare from augusta, GA replied on 06-08-2008 05:52PM [Reply]

Africa Black wrote:
I think alot of the giving comes from your relationship with your HBCU. There are classic HBCU sterotypes/pitfalls like bad customer service, lack of fin. aid, etc. However, if you can get past that and develop school pride amongst the majority of the students...they're more likely to support their HBCU in some capacity when they make it. Without school pride and growth at an HBCU, students leave bitter & unwilling to feed the beast.
i said the same thing but didnt make it sound that good lol...But i aggree wit him
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C Nels replied on 06-09-2008 07:40AM [Reply]
Africa Black wrote:
My former HBCU is currently growing and expanding every semester. They're gaining new majors, new departments, and buildings every day. It's a beautiful thing. I don't know how much comes from donations from alum, but I already know I plan on giving back.
New buildings every day?! :o What school did you attend?
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