An Excluded Donor
A significant individual contributor to a College scholarship fund asked an Administrator at the college to be included when the staff of the school got together for a drink or dinner at the out-of-town conference since they were in town also. After all, one reason people give money to a school is to feel a part of the school and this was an opportunity to get to know members of the college's staff better. It was a way for the school to show that they didn’t just want his cash, but valued him as a partner in education as well.
But, when the donor wasn't invited to a college-paid happy hour and dinner for the college’s conference attendees and spouses , he asked the Administrator why.
The Administrator shrugged and said simply, "Nobody wanted you there."
After this event the donor stopped contributing to the college's scholarship fund and reallocated a 6-figure sum earmarked for the college’s Foundation to a different charity that at least pretended they valued him as a person.
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