Think that your tuition covers all your education expenses? Think again.
Tuition takes care of 15% of education costs.
The government gives an additional 40% of the money used each year though grants and budget approvals. This leaves a gap of about 45% needed to run an academic year.
Temple’s Office of Development and Alumni Affairs works hard to find outside support to help move the University forward.
The anticipated goal for the 2001-2002 fiscal year was $30 million.
The department exceeded the goal by over $2.5 million.
“Our job is to cultivate and solicit gifts from alumni and friends to support the mission of Temple University,” Jennifer Greve, Associate Vice President of Development, explained.
“At Temple, we want to be able to provide an excellent education for people from all walks of life.”
Greve stresses the importance of the Office of Development to the average student’s college life.
However, most students do not realize the impact each donated gift makes. The development office acts as a connecting medium, joining the alumni and outside supporters of the University.
“We keep alumni informed about the latest developments to the University.
Then, donors can decide to give their donations, to a specific program or college or universally throughout campus,” said Melissa Cooper, Director of Development Communications.
Whether it be through phone calls, mail correspondence, personal visits, or a variety of special events, the Development Office keeps alumni connected. In April, they held a Founder’s Dinner honoring the Class of 52.
With roughly 18,000 alumni making annual donations, the department processes over 35,000 gifts every year.
The gifts vary from size and allocation from $50 donations to the library to multi-million dollar donations to buil d the Tuttleman Learning Center.
The money collected enables the hiring of renowned professors, scholarship opportunities, starting new programs, improving facilities, and other major projects, such as the Liacouras Walk renovation.
As of September 10, 2001, Stuart Sullivan is the Vice President of Development. His staff of 75 works hard, especially after recent budget cuts, to make up any difference in costs and continue improving the Temple campus.
In order to keep students involved with the progress the Development Office continues to make, student jobs are open during the school year ranging from simple secretarial work to research to tele-funding.
To join the alumni and development team or to find out more about what the Development Office does, call 215-204-1001 or visit 1938 Liacouras Walk.