Advancement Fourth Quarter 2011-12 Results
At the end of each quarter, the Advancement Committee of the Queen's Board of Trustees receives a report from the Office of Advancement that provides an update on our progress against our goals.
Highlights from February 1, 2012 to March 31, 2012 include:
- Sustained focus on Principal Gifts beginning to get traction
- Clear that the ability to reach or exceed Queen’s goal will depend on inspiring transformative gifts from a select group of individuals with the capacity and inclination to advance the University at this critical juncture in its history
- At the end of the third quarter, we raised $23 million compared to $43 million last year.
- As of April 20, 2012 current fundraising is $34 million.
- This progress takes the Campaign total to $275 million of our $500 million Campaign goal. This gives us the momentum we require as we approach launch in September of this year.
- Preparations for the launch of the public phase of the Campaign in hand for September 2012
- Principal has been actively engaged with a number of potential Benefactors who have the capacity to make transformative investments in Queen’s throughout the quarter
- Campaign priorities approved by the Provost and the Deans
- A generous donation by Evan Hazell, Sc’81(among the largest to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science in a decade) for the Hazell Endowment in Chemical Design and Innovation was celebrated.
- Also this quarter, the Faculty of Health Sciences celebrated the recent $1 million gift from Bell Canada to establish the first-ever endowed chair devoted to Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research.
Engaging with stakeholders
- Principal Woolf met alumni, students, prospective students and parents, as well as university partners, at events in Shanghai and Beijing in February and London, U.K. in March (please see Principal Woolf’s blog).
- During this past quarter, the Principal and Vice Principal Harris were hosted in San Francisco by Consul General Cassie Doyle and key Queen’s alumni at an alumni and friends event at her official residence. These events strengthened Queen’s partnerships and provided us with insights into how Queen’s can increase its international profile and reputation.
- Partnerships with alumni and the community are helping to inform a strategy for sustainable reunions that the Principal has asked Advancement, the QUAA and other key stakeholders to develop.
- The Toronto Branch will honour Chancellor Emeritus Charles Baillie, LLD’00 with the John Orr Award in Torontoon November 17.
Queen’s Profile and Awareness
- The Campaign launch will leverage the Brand idea: “Spirit of Initiative” and the Principal has approved the Campaign theme as “Initiative.”
- Queen’s external presence and engagement with key audiences is the focus of a new Queen’s homepage now under development. The project began with cross-campus stakeholder feedback sessions.
- Queen’s commanded significantly more media coverage than other universities this quarter, ranking first for total share of voice for total coverage, both nationally and regionally, and first in this quarter in our competitive set for total positive national media coverage (print and broadcast). Queen’s also continued to maintain more positive coverage in The Globe and Mail than other competitors in Ontario.