On October 23rd, we visited Cretin-Derham Hall High School and had a chance to talk with its President, Frank Miley, and other school faculties. We discussed the financial incomes and outcomes, the donation resources and athletes’ performance in school and out school. The thing that attracted me is that Mr. Miley said “We make people think alumnus donation as a part of the tradition. Once they leave school, we show our need and ask for help multiple times … and tell them their gifts, no matter the amounts, make our school different.” Previously, I thought if people want to donate their school, they would donate no matter the school asks for help or not; if they do not want to donate, what the school says cannot influence them at all. However, Mr. Miley showed the fact which is different than we I thought before. If the school continually encourage and convince alumnus to give gifts, most of them will do so.
The other interesting fact is that the alumnus who are professional athletes often want their gifts to be used as financial support for students, not for other projects, such as high school construction or operation. Mr. Miley said it may be caused by that those previous students were benefited by the financial support that was provided by donors a lot when they were at school. Thus, they want to pass this tradition and help students.
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is one of the most top-ranked schools with public policy and planning program. It is a part of the University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota’s graduate program for public policy was started in 1938, and it turned to autonomy as a graduate school and thus became the School of Public Affairs. The school offers six master’s degrees, a doctoral degree, and six certificate programs. In 1977, this school was replaced with the founding of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, named to honor former Vice President Hubert Humphrey for his contributions to improving the well-being of humanity. Therefore, the school was renamed t the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2011 to reflect its missions in humanity. Hubert Humphrey served as the 38th Vice Presidents of the United States from 1965 to 1969, and he was Minnesota representative in the United States Senate from 1949 to 1964 and 1971 to 1978. During his tenure, he successfully advocated for the inclusion of a proposal to end racial segregation in the 1948 Democratic National Convention’s party platform, was the lead author of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, introduced the first initiative to create the Peace Corps, sponsored the clause of the McCarran Act that threatened concentration camps for “subversives”, proposed making Communist Party membership a felony, and chaired the Select Committee on Disarmament.