Anonymous Donation of N250 Million to Kings College in Lagos & Edo College in Benin Sparks Debate over Anonymous Vs. Publicized DonationsPosted on Thursday, December 13th, 2012 at 1:02 AM
By Adeola Adeyemo
In a society where the practice of donating anonymously is almost extinct, an anonymous donor has given one million pounds sterling (about N250 million) to Kings College, Lagos and Edo College, Benin.
The Chairman of the British-Nigeria Education Trust (BNET), David Reeves, said on Wednesday in London that the donation was for the upgrade of the two schools. According to Premium Times, he said at a reception organised by the Nigerian High Commission for BNET that the donor specifically requested for the money to be spent on those schools.
“We have been most encouraged by a recent anonymous donation of one million pounds sterling; the donor has charged us with negotiating the use of this very generous amount of money with two of the major schools in Nigeria. The schools are Kings College in Lagos and Edo College in Benin. We are already in discussion with them and hope to identify a major project in each of them,” Mr. Reeves said.
He said that part of the money would be set aside for scholarship schemes for the less privileged students.
This is indeed a laudable donation. God bless the heart of the person that did this. It would go a long way in touching the lives of thousands of students and in turn, generations to come.
It however brings the topic of anonymous donations to the fore. Often times, when public figures like politicians, celebrities, business moguls and so on make large donations for charity causes, it makes the news. Sometimes, they are pictured giving these items to the people they are donating them to and go the extra mile to ensure that the information about their donation gets out on social media, blogs, newspapers, TV and other media.
It has been a topic of debate as people argue that donations are best when they aren’t made public. Meanwhile, others say there is nothing wrong with publicizing a donation as long as it gets to the appropriate party and is used for the right cause.
What are your views on anonymous versus publicized donations? Are there any right or wrongs ways of making donations?