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Providence fundraising effort passes $10 million mark
2016-11-28
 
Providence has surpassed the $10 million mark of its $12.5 million IMPACT 2020 campaign.
 
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Irma McKenzie, announcing the news on behalf of the Board of Governors and the Providence Development department, expressed her gratitude in a memo to faculty and staff, writing, “One year and five months ago we started the IMPACT 2020 campaign. Today we stop briefly to celebrate and give thanks.”
 
In September, just 15 months after the commencement of IMPACT 2020 and with 70 per cent of its target realized, Providence launched the public phase of the campaign, inviting students, employees, dignitaries and the general public to mark the occasion alongside donors and elected officials. The Hon. Cliff Graydon, MLA for Emerson, was given a private tour of the new facilities constructed with campaign funds; The Hon. Kelvin Goertzen, MLA for Steinbach and Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living, provided a congratulatory address.
 
Two months later, and propelled by numerous gifts of $1 million or more (the most recent of which was pledged in late October), Providence is anticipating it will meet and exceed the $12.5 million goal by the campaign end date of April 30, 2020.
 
“We are delighted by the enthusiasm and support for IMPACT 2020,” says McKenzie. “We are grateful for each donor and gift that has been contributed to this remarkable process. These gifts are enabling Providence to expand its impact. We are now able to prepare students for leadership and service in careers that to date we haven’t been able to provide, and that is very exciting.”
 
McKenzie points to new Science and expanded Business programs being offered in state-of-the art classrooms, laboratories and seminar hubs—programs that have help grow enrollment by more than five per cent.
 
Providence President Dr. David Johnson adds that surpassing $10 million in gifts and pledges “so early” in the fundraising process is a “huge blessing.”
 
“It is confirmation to us that Providence is moving in a direction that our friends appreciate and are willing to support,” he says. “To someday have a leading Canadian, Christian university in Southern Manitoba is a vision with which people identify. It will add to the economic and social capital in the heartland of this great country.”
 
And it’s not too late to become a difference-maker through IMPACT 2020, as McKenzie points out.
 
“If you haven’t already invested in IMPACT 2020, we would love to invite you to participate in enabling Providence to transform even more students into effective leaders and ambassadors of Christ.”
 
 
(Top to bottom: Summer construction at Providence; Dr. Darryl Friesen plays piano at the IMPACT 2020 gala; Irma McKenzie, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations.)
 

         

 
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