Show Carleton students that you care.
That was the main message at the kick-off of the annual Campus Community Campaign launch May 12 in Alumni Park and organizers are hoping to raise $158,000 by December.
To launch the event, the campaign’s three co-chairs—Fred Goodwin, Elizabeth Ann Newton and Ed Kane—hosted a barbecue that attracted more than 400 faculty and staff who enjoyed hotdogs and hamburgers and lunchtime entertainment. Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte was also on hand to stress the importance of giving back to the university.
“Our main goal is to get faculty and staff to give back to Carleton students,” says Mary Kange, the annual giving officer in Advancement Services. “The [campaign’s] main focus is the students. Whatever money we raise should go to enhancing their experience and providing access to education.”
Kange says donors can specify where they would like their money to go, explaining that some contribute to their specific faculties. She stresses that all the money raised will be sure to have an impact on students. The campaign will also seek out donations by mailing individuals invitations to give back to their community.
The $2,100 raised through the $5 food charge at the barbecue launch went towards the Campus Community bursary. Dining Services agreed to match those funds, bringing up the amount to over $4,000 for the first donation to the campaign.
“The barbecue went really well and the remarks from the president really drove the point home that people should give back to Carleton,” adds Kange, referring to how Dr. Runte encouraged people to donate to the cause and highlighted the fact that she may not have been able to attend university were it not for the help of bursaries.
This is the sixth year that the Department of University Advancement has organized the Campus Community Campaign, which raises thousands of dollars each year to improve the student experience. Funds raised go to students in the form of bursaries and scholarships, helping relieve the financial burden of post-secondary education.
“[The students] are always very appreciative of having received the bursaries. It relieves them of having to work so they can focus on their studies,” says Kange.