media release

Endowment benefits students, non-profit groups

December 16, 2013

Jeff Hector, SurreyCares, 604.788.4456,
Karen Roberts, SurreyCares, 604.591.2699,
Erica Branda, SFU Advancement, 778.231.1274,

A $250,000 donation from SurreyCares will give Simon Fraser University students new leadership experience in the non-profit sector.

The SurreyCares Non-Profit Leader Award endowment fund will generate an annual award enabling an SFU Master’s of Public Policy student to spend a co-op term at a non-governmental or non-profit organization that can’t typically afford to hire a student.

The award not only gives students a chance to apply their education toward bettering the world but also develops their awareness of career possibilities in the non-profit sector. It also creates a skilled pool of labour as the students graduate with the knowledge and experience they need to become future leaders in the sector.

Jeff Hector, SurreyCares president, says, “This co-op experience is a win-win for students and our community. It will provide students with valuable, guided experience and a deeper awareness of those who have needs in our community, while benefitting the community through the work of the non-profits they serve.”

SurreyCares is the new brand of the Surrey Foundation. As a member of the Community Foundations of Canada, its vision is for Surrey to be a Smart and Caring Community.

After nearly 20 years of service, SurreyCares is the trustee of more than $3 million in private donations and has distributed $1.2 million to projects as diverse as scholarships, employment training, youth programs, food security, parks and gardens, arts and heritage projects, and many other worthwhile ventures that enhance the Surrey community.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

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