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Rice Letterwinner Giving Participation Rate at only 13.7%
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?Thank you to all of our donors for your support during the 2018-19 year! ?Kudos to our Letterwinners for giving back to @RiceAthletics at a rate of 13.7%, 5-points higher than last year!
Let’s make 2019-20 even better!

Sorry, but this is downright embarrassing, especially since well over half of these former student-athletes (i.e., basketball, football) were on full scholarship when they attended Rice.

Note-- the Annual Fund giving participation rate for all alumni this year was at 32%, only slightly behind our peers.
07-17-2019 03:52 PM
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RE: Rice Letterwinner Giving Participation Rate at only 13.7%
I have a hard time getting worked up without some context. What's the rate at UT? at Tulane? at Marshall?

Although jumping 37% in one year leads me to think we were woeful before...
07-17-2019 04:27 PM
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(07-17-2019 04:27 PM)loki_the_bubba Wrote:  I have a hard time getting worked up without some context. What's the rate at UT? at Tulane? at Marshall?

Although jumping 37% in one year leads me to think we were woeful before...
8.7% is woeful? Ya think?
07-17-2019 04:39 PM
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RE: Rice Letterwinner Giving Participation Rate at only 13.7%
I would say a nice improvement for a football team that only won 2 games
(07-17-2019 04:39 PM)OptimisticOwl Wrote:  
(07-17-2019 04:27 PM)loki_the_bubba Wrote:  I have a hard time getting worked up without some context. What's the rate at UT? at Tulane? at Marshall?

Although jumping 37% in one year leads me to think we were woeful before...
8.7% is woeful? Ya think?
07-17-2019 09:01 PM
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(07-17-2019 03:52 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  
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?Thank you to all of our donors for your support during the 2018-19 year! ?Kudos to our Letterwinners for giving back to @RiceAthletics at a rate of 13.7%, 5-points higher than last year!
Let’s make 2019-20 even better!

Sorry, but this is downright embarrassing, especially since well over half of these former student-athletes (i.e., basketball, football) were on full scholarship when they attended Rice.

Note-- the Annual Fund giving participation rate for all alumni this year was at 32%, only slightly behind our peers.

#1. Apples to oranges. What is the all-alumni giving rate to the Owl Club? Or the letterwinner giving rate to the Annual Fund?

#2. Assuming this is a low % amongst peers for letterwinner giving to an alma mater's athletic department (not yet established) . . . maybe it's Rice that should be embarrassed. Maybe this should be seen as a symptom of something wrong with Rice, not its letterwinners. Maybe the letterwinners -- maybe even more so than the general alumni population -- don't like where Rice Athletics is today and don't see a plan worth contributing to. Doesn't Rice need to earn its donations?
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I like comparing apples to oranges.
Apples are smoother and usually sweeter. Oranges are bumpier and are often more tart. They’re both loaded with sugar
07-18-2019 12:40 AM
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It's also not apple to oranges as one can give the Rice Annual Fund and designate that those funds go to the Owl Club.
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RE: Rice Letterwinner Giving Participation Rate at only 13.7%
As a former President of the R Association, I know for a fact that the rate was much higher in the 90's.... from memory, around 40%
07-19-2019 04:09 PM
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(07-19-2019 04:09 PM)Hambone10 Wrote:  As a former President of the R Association, I know for a fact that the rate was much higher in the 90's.... from memory, around 40%

Which has fundamentally changed more in the last 20-30 years: general attitudes, dispositions, and propensities toward charitable giving, or Rice Athletics?
07-19-2019 08:44 PM
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RE: Rice Letterwinner Giving Participation Rate at only 13.7%
(07-19-2019 08:44 PM)illiniowl Wrote:  
(07-19-2019 04:09 PM)Hambone10 Wrote:  As a former President of the R Association, I know for a fact that the rate was much higher in the 90's.... from memory, around 40%

Which has fundamentally changed more in the last 20-30 years: general attitudes, dispositions, and propensities toward charitable giving, or Rice Athletics?

Wasn't the R Association moved to the Rice Athletics empire a few years ago? It is now no longer an independent association of lettermen but an extension of the Owl Club under the control of the AD.
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