Queen's receives $41 million in support from benefactors in 2011-12
Benefactors to Queen’s University gave $41.5 million during the 2011-12 fiscal year. The university received 14,369 donations in major, annual and estate giving programs.
“These results demonstrate the pride of our alumni and friends to support Queen’s,” said Vice-Principal (Advancement) Tom Harris. “We have been working hard to connect with some of our most generous benefactors while fostering new relationships. The work of faculty, staff and students resonates with not only alumni but friends, corporations, students and many others. We recognize there are many worthy causes to which philanthropy can be directed. We are greatly appreciative of all benefactors for supporting Queen’s.”
This past fiscal year was challenging for the charitable sector as many benefactors delayed or reconsidered their gifts owing to economic uncertainty. During the previous two years, benefactors provided gifts to the university totaling about $50 million each year.
More than $21 million in fiscal 2011-12 was donated by Queen’s graduates. Remaining benefactors were corporations, the Alma Mater Society (through its student contributions to the Queen’s Centre), friends of Queen’s and foundations.
Gifts this year improved the university’s physical spaces, research capacity and student assistance. Other gifts funded professorships, student fellowships, seminar and speaker series, bursaries, field trips and field research across the university. Several generous gifts support underrepresented students with scholarships and entrance awards.
The university’s most generous benefactors, Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader, gave $9 million to continue with construction of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. The state-of-the-art facility is set to open in 2014.
The Royal Bank of Canada donated $2 million to the RBC-Queen’s University Water Initiative Fund, a project aimed at raising awareness of industrial development and agriculture on watershed health and water supplies.
Bell Canada chose Queen’s to create the world’s first research mental health and anti-stigma research chair, an honour that came with a $1 million donation.
This fall, the university launches the public phase of the comprehensive campaign to raise funds for Queen’s priorities and to tell the Queen’s story to its many constituents.