The Detroit News reports that donations to MSU are down by 25% for the second half of 2017, something that the News is unwilling (understandably as a traditional paper) to fully pin to the Larry Nassar scandal and related investigations, but ... that's what it is. A tip of the hat to MSU donors and alums who are hitting the administration and board of trustees where it hurts - right in their pocketbooks. It's also a fitting asterisk to Lou Anna Simon's tenure that a plummet in donations would occur right when she was wrapping up her reign of error.
I hope that this gets the attention of Engler and everyone else charged with righting the MSU ship. I'm not optimistic this will do more than encourage them to whitewash the situation a la Penn State, but the public face of the victims will help, as will upcoming lawsuits.
25% is a drastic drop in donations, since a lot of donations are scheduled annual or quarterly donations. (At least that's my understanding.) I hope each donor redirected a portion of those funds to charities focusing on assisting the victims of child molesters and prevention of child molestation. And I hope many of those donors notified MSU of why they so redirected their funds.