Ten years ago, Queen’s launched the Initiative Campaign with a goal of raising $500 million to advance the university’s mission, while a separate goal of confirming $100 million in future estate gifts was also established. Today, I am pleased to report that our benefactors have enabled us to reach and exceed our ambitious goals in spectacular fashion.
The campaign officially concluded on April 30th, and although we are still finalizing the official total, I can tell you that the Initiative Campaign’s final tally will exceed $640 million. Additionally, future gifts to Queen’s total $115 million. The Queen’s family was “all in” for the Initiative Campaign, with 35,000 members of our Queen’s alumni among the contributors. Notably, 97 per cent of all gifts were directed to specific campaign priorities, and nearly all of our campaign priorities were realized, with several projects on the cusp of completion. Certainly, the momentum of the Initiative Campaign will inspire us to continue seeking out new opportunities.
Our Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments provided an additional $94 million towards two campaign priorities, the new building for Queen’s School of Medicine and the magnificent Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Government support was essential in making these projects possible and the university is enormously grateful for these investments.
The numbers and the projects are impressive, but the enduring legacy will be found in the impact the funds will have on our programs of teaching and research, our ability to attract talented students and faculty, and our capacity to provide leadership and personal growth opportunities for students to enrich their non-academic interests. We will be reminded of our community’s generosity every time we welcome a student to Queen’s who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it, and as we attend concerts at the Isabel or football games at Richardson Stadium. In so many ways, the campaign lives on.
I am truly astonished by the success of this endeavour. When I first took on the role of Principal, I must admit that the ambitious fundraising goal made me a little nervous. However, over the last six years, I have been continually reminded of Queen’s strong and generous community of which we are all a part. There are many people to thank for their hard work on this campaign including our many volunteers, our students, our faculty leaders, our advancement staff across Queen’s, our Trustees, Senators, and Councillors, and of course, our Campaign Cabinet. Thank you for your enduring support and for proudly championing the dreams we have for this university.
In the coming weeks and months, we will release a detailed breakdown of the Initiative Campaign, including stories about the impact that this unprecedented fundraising effort has had on our students, our professors, our staff members, and our campuses – stories that will become an important part of the history of this university and the legacy we leave for later generations of the Queen’s family.