Carleton alumni contribute to University’s transformation

On Saturday, October 16, more than 25 Carleton alumni volunteers from across the country (and beyond) gathered for the Alumni Annual General Meeting to plan for the future. Their basic question: how can the Carleton University Alumni Association (CUAA) contribute to Carleton’s success while helping it continue to bolster its reputation?

Alumni can contribute to Carleton in various ways, and increasingly are doing so.

Over the course of the last two years, Carleton alumni have pledged more than $10 million in support of university-wide priorities.

CUAA’s $2.5 million pledge to help build the Alumni Hall and Sports Centre will put the University on par with the top university facilities in Canada by offering 5,000 square feet of fitness space to students, alumni, and the entire Carleton community. You may be surprised to know that the majority of gifts made by alumni to projects such as these are in the $25 to $50 range, which clearly demonstrates how every single gift can make a big difference.

CUAA recently showed its dedication to helping Carleton retain its ranking as the #1 comprehensive university in Canada for financial aid by making a second pledge of $8.4 million – their largest ever – in support of the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF).

In addition to these commitments, 2,016 individual alumni have made Carleton a personal philanthropic priority already this year, giving more than $310,000 to their own areas of interest including the library, student financial aid, faculty projects, lecture series, and more.

These collective and individual commitments show our alumni’s pride and commitment to Carleton.

Many in the Carleton community meet with our alumni on a frequent basis. When you do, please be sure to thank them for helping make Carleton an even greater university, one gift at a time.

Serge Arpin
Assistant Vice-President (Development and Alumni)

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