A record-breaking achievement. Thank you.
I often say that I never failed to be impressed by the great affection for Queen’s University that I see on campus, at events, in the alumni and friends that I meet with on a regular basis. It is expressed in many ways: every day by hard working faculty, staff and students; volunteers, advocates, and through philanthropy.
Last week, I received fantastic news that the last fiscal year we raised $19.7 million in support of the Faculty of Health Sciences Initiative Campaign objective!
This is an incredible achievement, one that has brought us up to $42.2 million or 84% of our $50 million campaign target. To put this in perspective this is the best result ever and nearly four times our previous record.
I have two words that should be multiplied by thousands for the alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends people and behind this accomplishment – THANK YOU.
On behalf of our entire Faculty, my deepest thanks to our Health Sciences Campaign Cabinet chaired by Dr. Andrew Pipe. Everyone at that table has tremendously busy lives – we appreciate the time you have contributed and your wisdom. I want also applaud the efforts of our faculty, department heads and school directors. Through you our campaign priorities (i.e, your work) comes to life for our prospective donors.
I would also like to extend special thanks to the talented and dedicated team in Faculty of Health Sciences Advancement office: Bill Leacy—Executive Director Development and Partnerships, David Young—Senior Development Officer and Lori vanderHorden—Development Coordinator, for their hard work behind the scenes. The same goes for the staff in the Queen’s Office of Advancement who provide invaluable support.
Notwithstanding last year’s success – it is not time to be complacent. Bill has told me that the stretch drive of the campaign can be the most challenging phase. To get there we need more of what got us to this point. Speak up about the academic strength of our Faculty. You are our most powerful advocates. In fact donors are twice as likely to make a gift speaking to a volunteer and four times more likely when speaking to faculty member, than a fundraising staff member.
By the way, if you are interested in talking about a gift to Queen’s, please don’t hesitate to drop by my office at the Macklem House…my door is always open.