Giving to Georgian

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Power of Education: Transforming the Student Experience

Georgian College has built an unmatched reputation for relevant, cutting-edge curriculum and quality work experience in our region. We pride ourselves on providing real value to our students, grads, employers and communities.

Maintaining our edge in the future will increasingly be about creating a new kind of student experience: One that empowers students to learn anytime, anywhere; uses technology to enable and expand access to learning; and prepares our graduates to adapt and innovate in a new economy.

We’re meeting the challenge with a focus on transforming the student experience, supported by the second phase of our Power of Education fundraising campaign.

Our plan is ambitious, but so are our students, and the communities, industries and donors that support us.

Join us as we invest in preparing tomorrow’s grads to meet – and create – tomorrow’s opportunities.

DONATE ONLINE NOW to transform the student experience

Georgian College charitable registration number: 11893 7283 RR0001

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Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre

A rendering of the Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre, under construction at Georgian College's Barrie Campus.

Fundraising goal: $7 million

This centre will be a game changer, a home for new diploma and degree studies, but also a boost for the economy. In this centre, academia and industry will work together, collaborating to innovate, diversify our economy, and create new opportunities for the future.

  • 56,000-square-foot facility to be used by more than 800 degree and diploma students
  • home to Simcoe County’s first electrical engineering degree, offered by Georgian in partnership with Lakehead University
  • Centre for Research, Innovation and Commercialization will include incubator, changemaker and fabrication spaces for industry and academia to work together to test concepts and develop new products
  • upper level dedicated to collaboration between automotive business and technology industries
  • computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and geographic information system (GIS) labs
  • dedicated telepresence room, anechoic chamber, electrical lab, technical project space and more
  • opening in Fall 2018

Why is this an important investment?

Interested in making a major gift?

For more information, contact Stephanie Knight, Manager, Resource Development, by email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 5446.

FUND 50

This campaign was created to celebrate Georgian’s 50th anniversary at the same time as supporting local entrepreneurs.

We’re asking 50 entrepreneurial business professionals to donate $50 per month for 50 months, for a total commitment of $2,500. Donations will be used to build an environment that supports start-ups with networking events, pitch competitions, awards, seed funds and social events.

Learn more about this innovative, volunteer-driven campaign by visiting the FUND 50 website.

WOMEN'S inTUITION

Georgian College is asking women to empower other women by joining together to raise funds for awards and scholarships for female students in financial need. Donors can take part in this campaign with a contribution of $50 a month for five years, or a total donation of $3,000.

Learn more about this empowering, volunteer-driven campaign by visiting the Women’s inTUITION website.

Awards and scholarships

Awards and scholarships are vital to student success. Whether students are entering college right out of high school, are in their last year of study or have returned to school for a second career, they can always benefit from financial assistance. Awards and scholarships can often make the difference between students being able to complete their studies or not.

Watch this video to hear from our students what awards and scholarships mean to them.

At Georgian, awards and scholarships reward students for their academic achievement, practical skills and contributions to their community, or address their financial need. Our donors have made it possible for us to disburse more than 900 awards annually, with a combined value of approximately $700,000. There is always an opportunity to help even more students though, as they prepare to become the region’s future workforce. There are several ways to make a contribution to awards and scholarships:

Endowed awards and scholarships

Support future generations of students with an endowed scholarship. They are a great way to give in perpetuity as the principal amount remains intact and the interest provides the funding for the annual award. The minimum amount for an endowed scholarship is $12,500. The donor can decide the criteria for the scholarship as well as name it.

The President’s Pay it Forward endowment fund

This is an emergency fund for current students in financial difficulty due to unforeseen circumstances, allowing those in good academic standing to continue or complete their studies. The philosophy of this scholarship is that recipients, when it’s possible, ‘pay it forward’ by lending their own personal support to a Georgian student. Donations of any amount can be contributed to this endowment.

Annual awards and scholarships

Donors have the opportunity to establish a named award or scholarship with a minimum donation of $1,000.

Bursaries

Bursaries are based on financial need and provide emergency funding to students facing financial challenges. Donors have the opportunity to establish a named bursury with a minimum donation of $1,000. A charitable tax receipt will be provided for all donations with a value of $20 or more. For more information about contributing to awards and scholarships, please contact our Awards Officer at awards@georgiancollege.ca or 705.728.1968, ext. 1211. Read about the hundreds of awards and scholarships already available to students, and see photos from award ceremonies.

In Memory donations

In Memory donations provide a wonderful way to remember someone important to you. Donations will be directed to enhance the Highest Priority Fund. Additionally, family and friends may choose to create an award or scholarship in memory of a loved one. A charitable tax receipt will be issued in each donor’s name for all memorial donations.

Highest Priority Fund

To support the highest priority student needs, such as:

Food Locker program

To assist students who are struggling to afford groceries and other necessities. The Food Locker program runs completely on donations of non-perishable food. Monetary donations provide funds to buy grocery gift cards and vouchers to allow students to buy fruit and vegetables.

Student Access and Opportunity Gift 

To provide high-risk, non-college-bound students the opportunity to attend Georgian at no cost for one General Education course. This program builds self-esteem and confidence in students who normally would not get the chance to attend college.

Tuition grants

One hundred Georgian College students are chosen annually to receive an entrance tuition award valued at $1,000.

Create a legacy 

An award or scholarship honours the memory of a loved one while supporting a student in need. With a minimum donation of $1,000, donors or groups of donors have the option of naming their award or scholarship in memory of a family member or a friend.

How to make a donation

  1. online via Canada Helps. Scroll down to the “Donate to this charity now” tab and select “5. In Memory (40015)” from the drop-down menu.
  2. to set up an award or scholarship, contact our Awards Office at 705.728.1968, ext. 1211 or email awards@georgiancollege.ca.

Contact us

For more information regarding In Memory donations, please contact the Advancement and Community Development office at 705.728.1968, ext. 1210 or donate@georgiancollege.ca.

Read more about our Highest Priority FundA gift for the future: In Memory giving to Georgian College students (PDF).

Tribute donations

Tribute donations provide a wonderful way to celebrate someone important to you in celebration of a birthday, anniversary, marriage, retirement, new job, promotion, religious celebration, or other special event that calls for a unique recognition.

Donations will be directed to enhance the Highest Priority Fund. Additionally, family and friends may choose to create an award or scholarship in memory of a loved one. A charitable tax receipt will be issued in each donor’s name for all memorial donations.

Highest Priority Fund

To support the highest priority student needs, such as:

Food Locker program

To assist students who are struggling to afford groceries and other necessities. The Food Locker program runs completely on donations of non-perishable food. Monetary donations provide funds to buy grocery gift cards and vouchers to allow students to buy fruit and vegetables.

Student Access and Opportunity Gift 

To provide high-risk, non-college-bound students the opportunity to attend Georgian at no cost for one General Education course. This program builds self-esteem and confidence in students who normally would not get the chance to attend college.

Tuition grants

One hundred Georgian College students are chosen annually to receive an entrance tuition award valued at $1,000.

Create a legacy 

An award or scholarship celebrates a loved one while supporting a student in need. With a minimum donation of $1,000, donors or groups of donors have the option of naming their award or scholarship in honour of a family member or a friend.

How to make a donation

  1. online via Canada Helps. Scroll down to the “Donate to this charity now” tab and select “6. Tribute Giving (40015)” from the drop-down menu.
  2. to set up an award or scholarship, contact our Awards Office at 705.728.1968, ext. 1211 or email awards@georgiancollege.ca.

Contact us

For more information regarding In Memory donations, please contact the Advancement and Community Development office at 705.728.1968, ext. 1210 or donate@georgiancollege.ca.

Read more about our Highest Priority FundA gift for the future: Tribute giving to Georgian College students (PDF).

Family campaign

Give where you live– family matters is Georgian College’s family fundraising campaign for staff, students, alumni, volunteers and retirees. The amount of your gift is not as important as your participation. No contribution is too small to make a positive impact. Funds raised will directly support four key areas to help students facing financial challenges while attending college. You can designate your contributions to one or several of the following areas:

  • Student survival gift
    • Georgian Food Locker – to assist students who are struggling to afford groceries
    • technology – to replace or purchase computers, books and other items due to loss, theft or lack of funds
  • Student achievement gift
    • varsity athletes – to provide support for students who would like to participate in varsity athletics but can’t afford the associated costs, such as travel from other campuses or personal expenses for out-of-town trips
    • awards and scholarships – to provide financial support and recognition to students from a variety of programs
  • Student emergency fund
    • housing – to support students with affordable housing and/or emergency short-term housing needs
    • transportation and travel – to provide support to student struggling to afford transportation costs, including emergency travel
    • child care – to provide support to students having difficulty affording child care expenses while attending classes and/or who require short-term emergency child care support for unexpected changes in child care provision or family emergencies
  • Student access and opportunity gift
    • innovative pilot project designed to encourage the postsecondary goals of non-college-bound individuals by providing them with the opportunity to take a Georgian College course at no cost

How to make a donation

  1. online (via Canada Helps. Click the donate now tab and choose from the first four funds/designations)
  2. fill out the electronic pledge form and choose one of the following methods of payment.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Power of Education campaign?

The Power of Education is Georgian College’s fundraising campaign. The goal of this college-wide initiative is to raise important funds to help Georgian develop and expand key programs and initiatives to advance student access and success. Through the success of this campaign, Georgian can offer students the best possible postsecondary education right in their own backyard.

Why is Georgian College a registered charity? Isn’t postsecondary education funded by the provincial government?

While the provincial government does provide a specific level of funding per student, it is simply not enough to cover the expense of creating new programs, building new facilities or even upgrading technologies. In fact, colleges in Ontario receive the least amount of funding per student compared to universities, high schools and elementary institutions.

Who benefits most from the Power of Education campaign?

The fundraising campaign benefits everyone connected to Georgian College – students, alumni, employers and the community as a whole.

  • students are educated in modern facilities, on current, leading-edge technologies, in relevant programs that will be their springboard to successful careers.
  • alumni benefit from Georgian maintaining its reputation as a first-rate postsecondary institution. A Georgian education is highly valued by employers.
  • employers have more qualified graduates for their hiring pools, reduced training costs as many Georgian grads already have hands-on experience, and their reputation is enhanced as an employer of choice.
  • communities surrounding Georgian have a local, quality postsecondary educational institution. An educated community creates a higher standard of living.
DONATE ONLINE NOW to transform the student experience

Georgian College charitable registration number: 11893 7283 RR0001

Other areas of interest

Alumni Relations
Conference Services

Thank you for your interest in supporting Georgian College students. Your financial donation and/or gift-in-kind will have a direct, immediate and positive impact on their learning experience.

How to make a donation

Georgian wants to make it easy for you to give. There are many convenient ways to do so, including:

  • IN PERSON: An Advancement and Community Development staff member can come to you, or you are welcome to drop by our office in Room E200 at the Barrie Campus, located at 1 Georgian Drive.
  • MAIL: Complete the donor pledge form and mail it to Georgian College, Advancement and Community Development, Room E200, 1 Georgian Drive, Barrie, ON, L4M 3X9.
  • ONLINE: Donate now via CanadaHelps. You can choose how you would like your donation designated.
  • PHONE: Contact Melissa Quinlan at 705.728.1968 ext. 1210.
  • FAX: Complete the donor pledge form and fax it to 705.722.5176.

Payment options: We accept cash, cheque (payable to Georgian College), credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Amex) or online payments.

Tax receipts: Charitable tax receipts are issued for donations of $20 or more.

Advancement and Community Development at Georgian College follows strict privacy guidelines and ethical practices. We abide by the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Code of Ethics and Donor Bill of Rights. Information collected will be used only to keep you informed about activities and opportunities to support Georgian College.

Types of giving

There are several ways to invest in Georgian College students, some resulting in immediate positive impacts and others that leave a long-term legacy. We thank you for considering the following ways of giving:

Gifts of cash

  • one-time gifts, or gifts pledged over multiple years, are a convenient way to give
  • you may designate your donation to a specific fund/project or put it toward Georgian’s highest priority to support urgent projects and emerging opportunities
  • gifts of cash can be made in the form of cash, cheque, credit card or online payment

Gifts-in-kind

  • Gift-in-kind refers to gifts of property other than cash – this includes equipment, tools and supplies for student learning and/or upgrading college facilities to offer students the best possible learning environments, real estate property or auction items to raise additional funds
    • it does not include a gift of services
  • charitable tax receipts are issued for the fair market value of the gift-in-kind

In memoriam

  • an award or scholarship is one way to honour the memory of a loved one while supporting a student in need
  • with a minimum donation of $1,000, donors have the option of naming their award or scholarship after a family member or friend
  • for more information regarding memorial awards, please contact our Awards Officer:

Annual giving

  • donors can choose to make a donation with the option of renewal each year
  • annual giving plans are customized to meet the donor’s philanthropic goals

Endowments

  • endowments allow donors to support generations of students, now and into the future
  • the principal amount of the donation remains intact while the investment interest is used to fund projects that help Georgian meet its mission to inspire innovation, transform lives and connect communities
  • endowed scholarships are a popular type of endowment
  • for more information about establishing one, please contact our Awards Officer:

Securities

  • gifts of securities are shares of publicly traded companies
  • in 2006, the federal government eliminated capital gains taxes on appreciated securities donated to a charity
  • a tax receipt is issued for the fair market value of the securities on the date the transfer of ownership occurs
  • for more information:

Third-party events

  • if you would like to run a special event on behalf of Georgian to raise money for student success, please email donate@georgiancollege.ca or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1210, so we may recognize your efforts and assist you in any way we can

Georgian Legacy Society

Consider becoming part of the Georgian Legacy Society with a planned gift. These donors choose to make a gift commitment now that will be received in the future, most often through life insurance or a bequest.

Life insurance

Gifts of life insurance may be made in the following ways:

  1. designate Georgian College as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy. This allows you to maintain control of the policy, and gives you the option to change the beneficiary. A donation receipt is issued when the charity receives the proceeds of the insurance upon your death, and can be used to offset other tax liabilities incurred by your estate.
  2. transfer ownership of your existing policy to Georgian College. The college will issue charitable donation receipts for the premiums you pay into the policy, allowing you to claim tax credits. The proceeds of the life insurance policy are paid directly to the college upon your death with no tax implications.

Bequest

A bequest is a gift designated to Georgian College in a donor’s will. Georgian welcomes specific, residual, percentage or contingent bequests. Donors are encouraged to communicate their intentions to the college to ensure their wishes can be carried out and so that we may recognize their gift.

DONATE ONLINE NOW to transform the student experience

Georgian College charitable registration number: 11893 7283 RR0001

Other areas of interest

Alumni Relations
Conference Services

Past projects

Georgian College launched its Power of Education fundraising campaign in 2006 with a goal of $25 million. The first phase wrapped up in May 2012. We not only met our goal but exceeded it, with a total of $40 million raised. Thanks to everyone who made a contribution! These are the projects that were made possible through the incredible support of our donors:

DONATE ONLINE NOW to transform the student experience

Georgian College charitable registration number: 11893 7283 RR0001

Other areas of interest

Alumni Relations
Conference Services

Georgian Cenotaph, Barrie Campus

Out of respect for Canada’s Armed Forces personnel, Georgian undertook a major capital project to restore its cenotaph, which was relocated due to the construction of the Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness. The restored cenotaph serves as the centrepiece of Georgian’s annual Remembrance Day commemoration and has also become a gathering place of peace and reflection for students, staff and visitors alike. Opening date: November 2011

John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus

After 27 years of operating in rented facilities, Georgian opened its first permanent location in Collingwood in 2011. The 20,000-square-foot building has nine classrooms, including two computer labs, one multi-functional health sciences lab, and an innovative e-learning lab where students have, for the first time, local access to university studies. Opening date: September 2011

Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre, Owen Sound Campus

Georgian is home to the most advanced marine simulation and research centre in Canada, thanks to the support of the marine industry. The expanded and technologically enhanced GLIMTRC reproduces real-life circumstances to develop the highest level of competency in the sector’s future workforce. With global marine traffic expected to triple in the next 20 years and a worldwide shortage of shipping officers and seafarers, this facility helps to meet the need for expertly trained marine professionals. Opening date: November 2008

Ontario Recreational Boating Centre of Excellence at the Robbert Hartog Midland Campus

This campus, which specializes in skilled trades programs, was completely modernized with state-of-the-art equipment and lab space to offer the best hands-on learning environment, thanks in large part to donations from members of Boating Ontario. The association invested in Georgian because it needs more skilled workers for its sector. Today, it is seeing a return on its contribution with every graduating class of qualified candidates for its workforce. Opening date: 2007

Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences, Barrie Campus

The Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences is the hub of health and wellness education in our region. At 172,000-square-feet, it is the largest expansion in Georgian’s history. It includes six community-accessible teaching health clinics, technology-enhanced classrooms and university-calibre laboratories. With almost all Health, Wellness and Sciences programs now housed under one roof, Georgian can facilitate interdisciplinary teaching and learning, which means students from various programs study and work together for the benefit of patients. Opening date: September 2011

Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Barrie Campus

Roads, bridges, sewers, buildings, lights and even the vehicle you drive – technicians and technologists play a role in creating almost every basic service used in daily life. The Centre for Sustainable Technologies is where these professionals receive quality education with modern technologies, resources and industry-developed curriculum. This centre is supported by several industry partnerships. It has allowed Georgian to increase enrolment in targeted programs to provide engineering and technology-related companies with much-needed skilled workers for their hiring pools. Opening date: September 2009

A student works on a woodworking project.

Muskoka Campus

In 2007, Georgian opened the doors to its first permanent campus in Bracebridge to serve Muskoka region residents, thanks in large part to a property donation from the Town of Bracebridge. The campus features a 7,000-square-feet carpentry shop, a health sciences lab and computer labs equipped with the latest software, helping to meet the local demand for skilled tradespeople, health care professionals and business and service sector employment training. Opening date: September 2007


Our donors are an important part of the Georgian College family because they too believe in the power of education. We regularly share their stories in GeorgianView magazine, The Loop and through donor announcements.

GeorgianView magazine

Georgian’s annual publication for alumni, donors and friends. Click on the cover page to the left to read the 2016 issue.Aylan Couchie is on the cover of the GeorgianView 2016 edition

The Loop

Georgian’s bi-monthly e-newsletter for alumni, donors and friends. If you are a donor and would like to receive The Loop, please email us to request to be on the list or to update your email address.

Donor news

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Georgian College charitable registration number: 11893 7283 RR0001

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Advancement and Community Development hosts several fundraising and community-related events.

Georgian Dream Gala

Golden Gala with glittering golden polka dotsThe Georgian Golden Gala, celebrating the college’s 50th anniversary, will take place on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at Casino Rama Resort.

Visit the gala website.

President’s Thought Leadership Speaker Series

This series brings Canadian heroes, popular personalities and innovative industry partners to Georgian campuses to share their experiences and advice with students, alumni, donors and friends of the college.

Read who our next speaker will be and see who has visited us in the past.

DONATE ONLINE NOW to transform the student experience

Georgian College charitable registration number: 11893 7283 RR0001

Other areas of interest

Alumni Relations
Conference Services

For general inquiries, please contact one of the following:

  • Advancement and Community Development: email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1210
  • awards and scholarships: email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1483
  • alumni relations: email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1128
  • Conference and Event Services: email or call 705.722.5120

For other queries, please see one of our staff listed below.

Staff

Ann Smiley, LL.B, MBA
Executive Director, Advancement and Community Development

Contact: email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1212

Melissa Quinlan
Executive Director’s Assistant

Contact: email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1210

Stephanie Knight
Manager, Resource Development

Contact: email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 5446

Kim Garraway
Interim Manager, Alumni and Community Development

Contact: email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1878

Katie Sleep
Manager, Conference and Event Services

Contact: email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1135

William Squires
Awards Officer

Contact: email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1211

Aimee McCans
Awards and Scholarships Assistant

Contact: email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1483

Tina Hurst
Advancement Officer

Contact: email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1117

Kristin Weatherell
Finance and Database Officer

Contact: email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1214

Michelle AlJbouri
Graphic Designer

Contact: email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1017

Leah Walker
Alumni Assistant

Contact: email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1128

Lara Usher
Conference and Event Services Co-ordinator

Contact: email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1213

Kirsten Spencer-Arscott
Conference and Event Services Co-ordinator

Contact: email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1110

DONATE ONLINE NOW to transform the student experience

Georgian College charitable registration number: 11893 7283 RR0001

Other areas of interest

Alumni Relations
Conference Services

Power of Education Campaign Cabinet

Helping Georgian be the best it can be

Georgian College is fortunate to have many volunteers who work diligently to raise funds to ensure Georgian remains a first-rate postsecondary educational institution. They are:

  • Jamie Massie, Honorary Chair
  • Mike Stollery, Chair
  • Chris Adams
  • Chris Gariepy
  • Jane Jackson
  • Graydon Oldfield
  • Barry Peacock
  • Shaun Sauve
  • Ingrid Schroeter
  • Teresa Snelgrove
  • Jason Teal
  • Bill Van Wyck

Advancement Committee

  • Paul Larche, Chair, President, Larche Communications Inc.
  • Lisa Banks, Vice President, External Relations, Georgian College
  • Frank Berdan, Vice President, Commercial Banking, Barrie/Muskoka North Central Ontario, RBC Royal Bank
  • Jim Bertram, security consultant
  • Giselle Bodkin, Partner, BDO Canada LLP
  • Ray Duhamel, Partner, Jones Consulting Group Ltd.
  • Chris Gariepy, retired construction executive
  • Don Gordon, North American Sales Director, CarbonCure Technologies
  • David Johnson, Executive Director, Enrolment Management and Information Technology, Georgian College
  • Ali Khonsari, Vice President, Image Dental Laboratory
  • Hunter Markle, Georgian College student
  • Ann Smiley, Executive Director, Advancement and Community Development, Georgian College
  • Teresa Snelgrove, serial entrepreneur
  • Kevin Wassegijig, Director of Sustainable Economic Development, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
  • Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College
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