Temple taps alumni to help cover budget gap

    With Temple University’s state funding recently cut by 25 percent, administrators are looking for alumni donations to fill the school’s budget gap.

    In the past, state-related universities haven’t had to rely on such gifts to the same extent as private colleges. However, David Unruh, Temple’s senior vice president for institutional advancement, says that is starting to change.

    “The desire would be to see a broader group of our alumni support the university and, where possible, to direct their investments to programs like financial aid, student affairs and other investments that directly affect the quality of life and academic experience at the institution,” he said.

    But that aim doesn’t always go over well.

    Andrew Bollinger, who received his diploma in political science last month, says the process started even before graduation, in the form of e-mails.

    “Every communication from my school had, like, ‘and don’t forget to give back to the T- fund,’ like the Temple fund,” he said.

    The state’s cuts represent 6 percent of Temple’s total operation.

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