Show Some Gratitude, Yale

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I remember being a little aghast at seeing one student refer flippantly to the endower of her named scholarship as a ‘rich white guy’ only concerned with his ‘rich white name.’

At times, the voice that alumni will hear is one of disdain for donors—that money is somehow a bad thing.

Why give millions of dollars just to be met with scorn and ingratitude from the very people who benefit most from this generosity?

Outside of the Schwarzman Center at Yale University, students have taped posters to signposts bemoaning the fact that the prominent Yale donor and CEO of the Blackstone Group has taken an advisory role in the Trump administration. Mr. Schwarzman provided the second-largest donation in the university’s history in 2015.

The vitriol on the part of Yale students towards several donors, whose business practices or political philosophies, they object to is now being met with finger-wagging from the university’s administration. Vice President for Alumni Affairs at Development Joan O’Neill cautioned students against being ungrateful to donors or, even worse, actively condemning them: “At times, the voice that alumni will hear is one of disdain for donors—that money is somehow a bad thing—rather than the fact that our alumni have felt that their Yale experience was so important that they wanted to give back, to pay it forward, to repay the opportunity that they had.”

Today, Luke Ciancarelli at The Yale Daily News quoted Yale senior Bernard Stanford who described “a severe gratitude deficit” in the Yale student body in how they view donors. Mr. Stanford continued: “I remember being a little aghast at seeing one student refer flippantly to the endower of her named scholarship as a ‘rich white guy’ only concerned with his ‘rich white name.'”

These donors worked hard for their money and could have spent it on vacation homes and boats, but, instead, they chose to be generous to Yale and its students. Unfortunately, this lack of gratitude displayed by students will only serve as a deterrent for future donors. Why give millions of dollars just to be met with scorn and ingratitude from the very people who benefit most from this generosity?

Show some gratitude, Yalies.

 

 

Articles authored or co-authored by Staff Editors.

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