April 24, 2008
ASK NOT WHAT YOUR CHARITY CAN DO FOR YOU: A look at the lawsuit between the Robertson family and Princeton University, which the Robertsons charge broken promises about how it would spend their large donation. "Now valued at almost $800 million, the gift represents 6% of Princeton's endowment. The Robertsons' gift was made in response to President Kennedy's challenge to Ask not what your country �. . . The Robertsons claim that, consistent with the patriotic impulse that motivated the grant, funds were to be used to establish a graduate program to educate students for careers in the U.S. government." It didn't work out that way. Background here, though in a somewhat Princeton-sympathetic form.