What do KC Sports Trust donors really want?
The Kansas City Star
Why don’t the anonymous donors to the secretive Kansas City Sports Trust want people knowing who they are? What do they really want?
The trust is making front-page news with its anonymous $30 million donation to an over-the-top $200 million upgrade of MU’s sports facilities.
In essence, this group is trying its best to set a priority for how other people should spend their money.
The trust is urging other people to contribute massive amounts of money to continue the arms race when it comes to raising more funds for athletic palaces and bigger football stadiums.
So who’s making the decision to give this money for the improvement of athletics at MU, even while the supposed core mission of the Missouri system - you know, education - is suffering millions of dollars of cutbacks?
No one is saying.
From The Star’s story today:
“The Kansas City Sports Trust, which is administered by the law firm of Stinson, Morrison and Hecker, previously gave a $10 million gift to the MU athletic department in 2004. That matched the third-largest gift in MU history at the time.
“It was a trust formed by people who wish to remain anonymous but were interested then, and continue to be interested in, supporting the athletic programs at the University of Missouri,” said Mark Foster, the trustee of the Kansas City Sports Trust and former managing partner at Stinson, Morrison, and Hecker. “We’ve never disclosed information about our donations one way or the other.”
That 2004 decision was criticized in a Maneater opinion piece at the time.
Sure, some anonymous gifts are giving to universities. But most people either want the credit or want to spur their friends and colleagues to give to universities.
In this case, by giving anonymously, the KC Sports Trust members don’t have to be questioned about their misplaced priorities.
Wait a minute.
I think I just discovered a big reason why these guys (may I presume?) don’t want anyone to know who they are.