Campus campaign appeals to staff for endowments

March 24, 2005,
By Diane Luckow

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Harvard University's overall endow-ment fund stood at $22.6 billion at the end of 2004, with almost half of all Harvard students receiving some form of financial aid from the university's annual, $80 million needs-based scholarship budget.

Wouldn't it be nice?

That's why SFU's new director of annual giving, Wanda Dekleva, is pulling out all the stops in this year's campus campaign appeal to staff, faculty and retirees.

As part of the university's ambitious Reaching New Heights fundraising campaign, she's trying to help raise $10 million in endowed scholarships and bursaries.

“As a young university, growing our endowments is vitally important to our long-term success,” says Jonathan Driver, dean of graduate studies and the champion for this year's campaign. “Attracting the best and brightest students depends on it.”

A benefit-booster in this year's campaign is the Burnaby Mountain endowment fund matching program, which will match every $50,000 collective pledge from any university department, faculty or administrative unit. Dekleva will be looking for volunteers from each department to help spread the word and encourage contributions. The Burnaby Mountain endowment fund was created 10 years ago in return for the conversion of 800 acres of campus land into public greenspace.

“A great way for staff and faculty to contribute is through payroll deduction,” says Dekleva. “They can also support campaign activities, such as the annual plant sale May 18.”

The appeal campaign will wrap up at the end of May with a celebration in June. For more information about volunteering in your department, or to make a gift, please call Dekleva at 604-291-3093.

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