SFU raises record-breaking $275 million for academic and student programs

Sep 21 2016, 10:14 pm

British Columbia’s second largest university has raised a record-breaking $275 million during its 50th anniversary ‘Power of Engagement’ fundraising campaign.

Simon Fraser University (SFU) announced today that the haul exceeds the original $250-million goal and will go towards supporting the university’s programs and initiatives with education, research, and community outreach. There were over 18,000 donors, of which 67% were alumni with the institution.

The campaign has already helped fund projects such as the $4.4-million Trottier Observatory & Science Courtyard at the Burnaby Mountain campus, the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship, and the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering.

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“The success of this campaign will help SFU further its vision as Canada’s engaged university today and into the future,” said SFU President Andrew Petter in a statement. “Thanks to the generous support of our alumni and supporters, we are better equipped than ever to realize our goals of engaging students, researchers and communities, and to making positive difference in the lives of young people and in the communities we serve.”

Late last year, the University of British Columbia (UBC) announced that it had successfully raised and exceeded its target goal for the Start An Evolution campaign that coincided with the institution’s centennial. UBC raised $1.624 billion, exceeding the goal of $1.5 billion, for projects that will enhance research and student learning.

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