Campus campaign raises $258,500

June 23, 2005, vol. 33, no. 5
By Diane Luckow



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This year's campus campaign to raise funds for student scholarships and bursaries has raised an unprecedented $258,500 from SFU faculty, staff, and retirees.

“This is the most successful campus campaign to date. The opportunity to pledge over a three-year period generated 10 times more money than in recent years,” says SFU's director of annual giving, Wanda Dekleva. “We're thrilled that the campus community has been so generous.”

The faculty of science raised $121,000 and the faculty of arts and social sciences raised almost $74,000.

What's more, any faculty raising more than $50,000 will have its funds matched dollar for dollar from the Burnaby Mountain Endowment Fund matching program, notes Dekleva. “So they have really raised almost $150,000 for arts and social science students and $242,000 for science students.”

Individual departments rallied to the cause, with earth sciences, biological sciences and economics each raising more than $20,000 to establish three new endowment funds for student bursaries and scholarships in their own departments.

The archaeology department added more than $40,000 to its existing endowments while one of the smallest departments, gerontology, had one of the highest participation rates.

Staff in the library set out to raise a different sort of gift for students - a new student lounge on the main floor. To meet their $10,000 goal, they created a website and had library assistant Sarah Acres draw a rendering of the planned space which will be “wired for technology, furnished for comfort and decorated for inspiration,” according to committee chair Mark Bodnar, a business librarian. They've raised $10,500 so far and are continuing their campaign until June 29. To make a donation or to view the renderings, visit www.lib.sfu.ca/campus_appeal/ .

Every dollar will be matched from the library's endowment funds.

Dekleva thinks there are several keys to this year's success: the campaign's champion, dean of graduate studies Jonathan Driver, spent a great deal of time talking to faculty and staff about the importance of raising money for students; there was tremendous support among vice-presidents and deans; the ability to make a pledge over three years; and the Burnaby Mountain Endowment Fund matching program.

Adds Driver, “It's also because faculty and staff really understand that financial stability is one of the keys for students to complete their degrees.”

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