While sorting through my computer, I found an article I had written several years ago but never posted. After reviewing before deleting it, I thought that even though the article referenced is now eight years old, schools are still having difficulties raising funds, so the texts and comments are still valid today, especially due to the new tax law which may have a detrimental effect on charitable giving:
Not only will philanthropy be impacted because of the lack of resources, but in the next 10 years, members of Generation X will be the traditional “targets” of appeals as the members of the Great and Silent Generations age and pass away and the Baby Boomers begin to do the same.
If we think getting the “Me” Generation to realize the importance of fiscal responsibility (and in my field, getting them to pay tuition) is difficult, getting them to contribute to worthwhile causes will be incredibly difficult!
As for the article, of course there is optimism in India – many support jobs have gone there. A friend of mine called United Airlines recently to make reservations to Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The person he was speaking with said, “Wait, let me get my atlas to see exactly where that is…it’s in Alabama, correct?” Even more recently, I called a credit card company requesting an address where documents needed to be sent. The customer service representative told me the city was “Sy-ooks City” – then he spelled it…S-I-O-U-X. That’s pronounced “Soo” City. Makes one suspect about the customer service one is receiving today.
We can talk all we want about educating our children for jobs that don’t exist yet, but we also need to be mindful that businesses play a large role in shaping the mindset regarding the possibilities in order to create hope.