Office of Advancement
Office of Advancement

ALTogether Now

Vol. 24 – November 11, 2019

Advancement Leadership Team
Advancement Leadership Team: Steve Hornsby, Leigh Kalin, Scott Anderson, Karen Bertrand, Deanna Bennett, and Tom Hewitt

Coming Together to Finish the Year

By Tom Hewitt, Chief Development Officer

No matter how your year has been so far, take solace in the fact that everyone around you is feeling the many pressures that come with this time of year as we head toward 2020. Yes, 2020!

No doubt you are sensing the intensity around campus right now; staff and students are all busy for different reasons. Some of us are fine with this intense environment, and others find it tough. Achieving balance is especially important at this time of year. Initiatives like the university’s Thrive Week are intended to help us.

The good news for Advancement staff is that it’s this time of year when the “joy of giving” is alive and well. So, feed off this positive vibe, be inspired by the outpouring of generosity, and remember that more giving also helps us hit our metrics. It’s the perfect storm.

So, as the calendar year end approaches, work hard and smart (no one can do it all, so, do what matters most), support your co-workers, look after yourself and stay chill.

Cha Gheill!

Remembrance Day

Poppy fields

Update on the Promise Campaign

The public launch of the Promise campaign is Nov. 22. Principal Deane will mention it as part of his remarks at the annual Community Breakfast in Kingston on that day as part of the kick off.

The campaign is a three-year, $30-million effort with a parallel goal of $10 million in future gifts. This is the same format that was used so effectively with the Initiative Campaign and this counting method is very credible.

Just as a refresher on the Promise Campaign. The Promise Campaign intends to raise money for all student aid at Queen’s. At the heart of the Promise Campaign is the Queen’s Promise Scholars program, a comprehensive bursary that aims to increase access for first-generation students from low-income families who could not otherwise afford to attend Queen’s. The program provides undergraduate students with dedicated financial, academic, and career support, enabling them to complete a first-entry degree debt-free. Note the distinction between the Promise Campaign and the Promise Scholars program.

The Promise Scholar is the first ever comprehensive bursary in Queen’s history and more broadly the first of its kind in Canada. To qualify as a Promise Scholar, a student must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person
  • Be the first in their family to study at the post-secondary level
  • Demonstrate financial need with a family income below $50,000
  • Satisfy Queen’s University’s admission requirements for the first year of a first-entry program

The Promise Campaign will count all donations in support of the Promise Scholar concept, as well as any and all donations in support of student financial aid, such as:

  • Creating a new bursary in the amount of your choice
  • Supporting your faculty’s designated student aid fund
  • Supporting an existing named fund
  • Making a planned gift
  • Information sessions for staff are being planned to elaborate on the campaign details and an FAQ sheet is being developed as well for reference.

Stay tuned as we approach the launch for more details.

Workplace Safety Reminder

Please don’t forget the information that was developed on workplace safety. New employees should review the material as part of their orientation. Managers should review the material regularly with their staff and check in to ensure staff are being observant. 

Leveraging the Principal’s conversation

Principal Deane launched an important conversation with the Queen’s community in September. The purpose is to have a broader conversation about what matters to Queen’s, what it exists to do, beyond teaching, research, and service, and how it can excel itself according to those criteria. This is a great way to engage potential donors and alumni or frame events/solicitations, so look for ways to leverage this time-limited opportunity.

Conversation events are scheduled for Nov. 11, Jan. 14, and Feb. 27. Learn more on the Principal’s website.

Data Governance and Data Quality Training Opportunities

Thanks to Barb for identifying a number of upcoming sessions mentioned at the FIPPA Contacts Network meeting last week. People interested in records management, CASL, FIPPA, and PHIPA and generally anyone that intersects with personal information (really all of us) should find these sessions valuable. In addition, there is a contract session for those of us involved with binding documents. See you there.

Privacy Legislation

Records Management


Jobs with Advancement

We need your recruitment help. Know great talent that would be a good addition to our team? If so, please promote the vacancy below with your networks and let’s find some amazing new team members.

Applications (including a cover letter and resume) must be submitted through CareerQ. For additional information on this posting, please reach out to either Katelyn, Carla, or the hiring manager for the position you are interested in.

Available Position:

Administrative Assistant, Advancement Communications, Marketing, Events & Donor Relations Department of Advancement Communications, Marketing, Events & Donor Relations Tuesday, November 12 6
Administrative Assistant, Events and Communications Advancement Events, Department of Advancement Communications, Marketing, Events & Donor Relations Tuesday, November 12 6

    Fun Fact:

    Jimmy Carter receiving honorary degreeTwo American Presidents have received honorary degrees from Queen’s. Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech at Richardson Stadium in 1938 and briefly put Queen's at the centre of international attention when he received an honorary degree from the university and used the occasion to make an important foreign policy speech. War was looming in Europe and Roosevelt was under intense pressure to declare what action the United States would take, if any, in the event of hostilities. President Jimmy Carter and wife, Rosalynn, received honorary degrees from Queen’s in 2012.  While President Carter has received other honorary degrees, the one from Queen’s was his first from a Canadian university.