Contributions to Temple rose in 2010 despite national decrease

    While many universities saw a decline in charitable contributions in 2009, Temple was among those who had a promising 2010. Must be all the money students save on tuition.

    The Council for Aid to Education reports Temple ranks fifth in the state for the most contributions to a university, raking in $59 million.

    UPenn, Penn State, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon ranked first through fourth.

    The Temple News reports the university contributes the increase to its Access to Excellence campaign, which promoted renovations, construction, scholarships and research as donation-worthy aspects, ultimately raising $380 million in seven years.

    Michael Leeds, an economic professor, summed it up best to the Temple News, basically saying Pennsylvania’s lousy history of providing adequate financial aid made it easier for schools to take it upon themselves to step up their game.

    Thanks, Pennsylvania, for being reliably unreliable.

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