Members of the Monmouth College community are being asked to be a “Zero Day Hero” on Feb. 20.
Zero Day is the day of the year when students’ tuition dollars stop paying for the cost of their education and donors’ dollars start, explained Hannah Maher, MC’s associate director of annual giving
“With commencement and the end of our fiscal year still months away, that’s a lot of gifts,” she said. “The gifts our donors provide help to keep college affordable to our students.”
Imagine the track team running out of funds right before this weekend’s Midwest Conference Championships, or the annual Alternative Spring Break project being put on hold, not to mention all spring semester classes only meeting for five of their scheduled 15 weeks. That’s the significance of donor contributions to the college, which turn the “zero” into the hundreds of thousands of dollars necessary for Monmouth to reach the end of the spring semester and conduct business through June 30.