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MYTH vs FACT: SUPPORTING TEMPLE

The truth about how YOUR giving impacts Temple

There are some common misconceptions about giving back to Temple, how the university is funded and what the university does with private support. The truth is, philanthropy translates into critical funding for our schools, colleges, scholarships, programs and educational experiences that help drive students’ success and Temple’s contributions to Philadelphia and the world.

Here are some of the common myths about giving to Temple – and the facts that debunk them!

  • Myth #1: Temple is a public school. It gets all the money it needs from Pennsylvania.
  • Myth #2: Temple has thousands of alumni; it doesn’t need me.
  • Myth #3: I can only give a small amount. That won’t help Temple.
  • Myth #4: The money goes into a black hole; it's not like I get to choose where my gift goes.
  • Myth #5: I already supported Temple by paying my tuition.
  • Myth #6: Temple just isn't relevant to me anymore.

  • Myth #1: Temple is a public school. It gets all the money it needs from Pennsylvania.

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    FACT:

    State appropriations account for approximately 11% of Temple’s more than $1.3 billion operating budget. That means 89% of Temple’s educational enterprise is funded by tuition, fees, other revenue and private support.

     


    Myth #2: Temple has thousands of alumni; it doesn’t need me.

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    FACT:

    Are you one of the 7% of Temple alumni who give back each year? Beyond money, giving—at any level—helps to increase Temple’s giving participation rates, a key indicator of success for ranking organizations. That’s an opportunity for 93% of Temple Owls who believe in their university—the students, scientific and artistic advances, and our community— ensuring Temple's success.


    Myth #3: I can only give a small amount. That won’t help Temple.

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    FACT:

    When Owls work together, amazing things are accomplished. 37,425 Temple donors— each giving $10 to $999—were able to give more than $3.94 million for Temple last year. That’s the cost of tuition for more than 258 students. Helping make Temple better for the future is a collaborative effort—join your fellow Owls!


    Myth #4: The money goes into a black hole; it's not like I get to choose where my gift goes.

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    FACT:

    You decide! Give to what made your Temple experience meaningful – the arts, athletics, scholarships, research, your school or college, campus life – and be confident that 100% of your gift goes directly to your chosen fund.


    Myth #5: I already supported Temple by paying my tuition.

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    FACT:

    Just 73% of the cost to educate each Temple student comes from tuition and state funding. In order to continue providing the educational experiences that make Temple what it is, we need private donor funding as well. What matters most isn’t how much you give—it’s the act of supporting Temple beyond your tuition. With your help, we can continue to fund the programs and resources so essential to the Temple identity.



    Myth #6:Temple just isn't relevant to me anymore.

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    FACT:

    The more Temple succeeds, the more value your Temple diploma accrues. Temple alumni are committed to making an impact on their world, from curing diseases and composing award-winning albums to advocating for social change and inspiring positive innovations in enterprises around the globe. Your gift makes these types of inspiring breakthroughs possible, giving you a stake in your fellow Owls’ success—and, by extension, making your own education more valuable.

    Did you know?

    Gifts of any size make a difference: one $50 gift can help fund a student career event; six gifts of $250 provide a community education workshop; 10 gifts of $100 can offer an annual scholarship; and 50 $10 gifts can be used to improve technology and labs across campus. When Temple Owls come together to give, the impact is limitless. Think of what we can accomplish together!



    SEPARATE FACT FROM FICTION

    When you choose to give back, you create opportunity and invest in Temple’s progress. The time is now. Temple is transforming 21st century teaching and learning, securing our place among the nation’s great urban research universities. We are building new structures and soaring in the rankings.

    Why wait? Now is your chance to be a part of Temple’s success. Choose to invest in Temple.

    Make your gift today