Georgian’s donors are the best donors!

Georgian College donors contributed more than $4.6 million in financial gifts from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.  Georgian is extremely grateful to every individual, company and association for this support. Read our 2012/13 donor report.

Over the last six years, donors have helped the college build the Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness and Centre for Sustainable Technologies at the Barrie Campus; new permanent campuses to serve students from the South Georgian Bay and Muskoka regions; and a Boating Centre for Excellence at the Robbert Hartog Midland Campus. Donors have also supported major technological upgrades to the Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre at the Owen Sound Campus and donated millions of dollars to students directly through awards and scholarships.

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Georgian College abides by Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code. If you have any questions or concerns, please email donate@georgiancollege.ca

Georgian is committed to raising $25 million through its Power of Education campaign to expand its capacity and programs which lead students to jobs in growth industries, and provide employers with the best candidates for their hiring pools.

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What is the Power of Education campaign?

The Power of Education is the name of Georgian’s fundraising campaign. The goal of this exciting College-wide initiative is to raise $25 million to help Georgian develop and expand key programs such as entrepreneurship and awards and scholarships. The success of this campaign will have a positive ripple effect throughout the community, the economy and with employers and will offer students the best possible post-secondary education right in their own backyard.

Doesn’t the government provide enough funds to Georgian to upgrade and expand when necessary?

While the 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 is a winning initiative for everyone connected to Georgian College – students, alumni, employers, and the community as a whole.  To name a few of the benefits:

  • Students benefit from being educated in modern facilities, on current, leading-edge technologies, in relevant programs that will be their springboards to successful careers.  With increased space capacity, Georgian will also be able to offer students more program choice and options for more degree-level studies through the University Partnership Centre.
  • Alumni will benefit from Georgian maintaining its reputation as a first-rate post-secondary institution. When employers look to hire, Georgian graduates and the quality of their education is well respected in the industry. Through the campaign funds, Georgian will be able to continue to offer its students optimal learning experiences, as it has done over the last 45 years.
  • Employers will benefit from the campaign in many ways. They will have more qualified graduates available for their hiring pools. On-the-job training costs will be minimized because Georgian students will already be trained on modern tools and technologies. Employers and businesses will be given opportunities to donate to the campaign and receive naming opportunities on the campus, elevating their profiles in the community and with students – their future workforce.
  • Communities surrounding Georgian will benefit by having a quality post-secondary education institution operating locally. An educated community creates a higher standard of living, and Georgian helps the local economy with three per cent of all regional earnings linked to the College.

How can I support Georgian?

It’s easy to invest in the future of Georgian College through a donation or through volunteering your time to campaign for funds. You might also consider the following:

  • Wills Some individuals choose to remember Georgian in their wills, leaving a legacy to students in their name and memory.
  • Life Insurance Many people don’t know that they can make Georgian the owner or the beneficiary of a new or an existing life insurance policy. The premiums qualify for a tax credit.
  • Stocks A person can deduct the full value of their stock as a charitable donation and pay no capital gains tax if they donate the stock to a registered charity such as Georgian College.
  • Securities Those who frequently sell securities and realize capital gains on which they have to pay tax may be able to reduce capital gains tax by donating these securities directly to a registered charity such as Georgian College.

If you’re interesting in helping Georgian College be the best it can be, simply contact Advancement and Community Development at:
1.  Phone: 705-728-1968, ext. 1210
2.  E-mail: donate@georgianc.on.ca
3.  Fax: 705-722-5176
4.  Giving to Georgian page

Or drop by Advancement and Community Development in Room E200 at the Barrie Campus.
A campaign team member is always available to discuss Georgian and its plans for the future!

Why support the Centre for Health and Wellness?

Name a room in the Centre for Health and Wellness

Where the next generation of health care professionals will begin their careers

Thanks to the generous support of community philanthropists, businesses, industry partners, service clubs, municipal and regional governments and Georgian students, alumni and staff, we have raised $14.5 million for the exciting new Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness, located at the Barrie Campus. The centre opened on Aug. 31, 2011. This project, at 172,000-square-feet, is the largest expansion in Georgian’s history.

There are several naming opportunities available should you still wish to support this important facility that is home to the region’s future health care providers. For more information on how you, your business or association can be a part of this exciting project, contact Advancement and Community Development at 705-728-1968, ext. 1210 or email donate@georgiancollege.ca.

What is the Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness?
The modern facility includes six community-accessible teaching health clinics, technology-enhanced classrooms and university-calibre laboratores. It is the hub for health and wellness education in our region.

A donation to this project will help students, the next generation of health care providers, have the best, most comprehensive educational experience. The Central Ontario region will benefit from an increase in health care providers from the graduates of the School of Health and Wellness. When local people need health care, there’s a good chance one of the professionals who helps them will have received their education at Georgian College. With a health care skills shortage occurring and predicted to worsen, Georgian is working diligently to become the key solution to this challenge.

The new facility houses all of Georgian’s health and wellness programs under one roof, and offers the public and students an opportunity for greater access to health care in new student-run teaching clinics. Students can pursue health care careers through certificates, diplomas and a growing list of degree programs through Georgian’s University Partnership Centre.

As well, the new facility enables Georgian to facilitate interdisciplinary teaching methods, which means students from various health and wellness programs will study and work together for the benefit of patients. It’s the future of health care, and it’s how health care is taught at Georgian.

Thank you for your interest in Georgian and this exciting new addition.

Centre for Sustainable Technologies open for students

Centre for Sustainable Technologies building Barrie Campus GeorgianGeorgian is raising $2.5 million through its Power of Education campaign to help fund the building of the Centre for Sustainable Technologies, which opened in September 2009. Thanks to donations from donors from the utilities and construction sectors, we have almost met our fundraising goal and Georgian is now focused on raising the remaining dollars needed to ensure this facility meets the needs of our students.

What is the Centre for Sustainable Technologies? 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. At Georgian College, the Centre for Sustainable Technologies will be where these professionals will receive quality education in a new leading-edge environment with modern technologies, and industry-developed curriculum. There is a great need for more of these highly skilled graduates for the power generation and construction fields, where skills shortages are expected. With this new facility, now open, Georgian will be able to continue to increase enrolment in the electrical program and a newly created civil technology program, ensure the best possible academic environment for students, and provide industries with more skilled workers for their hiring pools now and into the future.

Where Muskoka’s future workforce begins their careers . . .

Georgian College Bracebridge

A campaign to raise $2.5-million to support a new, improved location for the Georgian College Muskoka Campus in Bracebridge was successfully completed after only two years. A $1.7-million donation from an anonymous donor resulted in the campaign goal being met – the largest single financial gift ever given to Georgian in its over four decade history.

The new campus facility opened in September 2007 at 111 Wellington St., backed by many generous donations in the first year of the campaign from community leaders. The Town of Bracebridge donated the building and the land to Georgian for one dollar as part of a long term agreement between both parties.

“We’re thrilled about this incredible donation, and about achieving our $2.5-million campaign goal, and are so grateful to those who helped us get there. This support exemplifies how greatly Georgian is valued in the community,” said Jerry Moroz, volunteer chairperson of the Muskoka campaign.

Bonnie DeWitt, Muskoka Campus manager, said although the campaign has reached completion, Georgian will always continue to build on the success of its new facility where upgrading, certificates and diplomas in skilled trades, health science, hospitality and tourism, and business programs are offered.

“This is big news for our campus, and we are ecstatic and very thankful to those who have helped us meet our goal,” said DeWitt. “The completion of the campaign, however, does not mean we are done improving our campus. We will always continue to seek ways to expand our range of programs and services for the benefit of our students, employers and the community.”

DeWitt said an immediate goal for the campus is to seek support for the awards and scholarships program, helping more local students pay for their studies.

Home to the Boating Centre of Excellence and more . . .

Robert Hartog Midland Campus

A $1-million fundraising goal which was successful met in 2007 allowed Georgian to invest in a new Boating Centre of Excellence at the Robert Hartog Midland Campus. Thanks in large part to donations from the members of the Ontario Marine Operators Association (OMOA), this Campus is completely revitalized and enrolment in many of the skilled trades programs has dramatically increased. The OMOA’s members invested in Georgian because they needed more skilled workers for their workforce, and today, they are seeing the return on that contribution with every graduating class resulting in qualified candidates for their hiring pools.

Providing the Great Lakes marine transportation industry with a qualified workforce . . .

Owen Sound Marine Engineer Lab

An investment in modernizing and expanding the 20,000-square foot Great Lakes International Marine Training Centre in Owen Sound has made it a world-class destination for marine technology training. One million of the remaining $2.5-million fundraising goal is needed from Georgian supporters to support this project. The success of this campaign is crucial because a significant number of workers in the Great Lakes marine transportation industry are set to retire in the near future. A lot is riding on the College’s ability to train more workers for the marine transportation sector. The good news is that enrolment in marine programs is growing and this can be attributed to the new facilities and the support for the program from the marine industry.

Search for awards and scholarships

Connecting donor generosity with deserving students will always be a priority for Georgian. Helping students pay for their studies is of key importance, and the escalating cost of living is just another reason why a healthy awards and scholarships program at Georgian is imperative. The good news is Georgian has many in the community, including businesses, individuals, and associations, who support students through this program.

Hear from our students what winning an award or scholarship means to them.

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 post-secondary educational institution.

John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campaign Cabinet

  • Barbara Weider, SGB Campaign Chair
  • Peter Hodgson, Branch Manager, BMO Nesbitt Burns
  • Patrick Coulter, Exec. VP/Principal, Shaw Woodworks Inc.
  • Kris Menzies, Partner, MHBC Planning, Urban Design & Landscape Architecture
  • Tony Miele, Di Poce Management Limited
  • Sandra Meagher, Sales/marketing/public and government relations
  • Lynn Hynd, Manager, Collingwood Campus, Georgian College

Connecting South Georgian Bay to the power of education

Why support the John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus?

Naming opportunities at this campus

Watch a video about our new campus – thanks to Switch Video for this creative gift to show the benefits a permanent post-secondary campus will have in the region.

 

South Georgian Bay CampusGeorgian’s new John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus opened in September, 2011. Georgian has been present in the Collingwood area since 1984 but this campus is the first permanent post-secondary institution in the region. It is where our youth will pursue their post-secondary academic journeys so they can live, learn and work in their hometowns; it is where mature workers will come to retrain or upgrade their skills for jobs in growing markets; and it is where local businesses will come for corporate training and expertise to establish or grow their operations.

About the new campus
Phase one of this campus is a 20,000-square-foot building with nine classrooms. Features of the new space include two computer labs, one multi-functional health sciences lab, and an innovative e-learning lab where students will have, for the first time, access to work towards a university degree locally. In this building, Georgian has the capacity to triple the enrolment numbers of its previous Collingwood Campus, to 250 full-time and 3,000 part-time students. Georgian also has a long-term vision to grow the campus as it is 10 acres and has room for future development.

About Georgian’s South Georgian Bay fundraising campaign
Georgian is focused on raising $750,000 from residents, businesses and service clubs from the communities this new campus will serve, to ensure the campus is complete with all the resources our students will need to be successful in their academic studies. To date, Georgian has raised 89 per cent of its goal!

There are many opportunities to support this fundraising campaign. You can donate by clicking the ‘give now’ button to the right. Or for more information on how to be a part of this exciting and historic initiative, please contact Stephanie Knight, Manager of Resource Development, at 705-728-1968, ext. 5446.

Thank you to our donors for supporting this campaign!
Georgian would like to thank each of the individuals, corporations and foundations who have contributed to our campaign to date. South Georgian Bay Campus campaign donors as of Dec. 1, 2012

In addition, Georgian received $4 million from the Community Adjustment Fund of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

Full-time programs offered at the John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus

  • Bookkeeping
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Gas Technician
  • Hospitality Skills
  • Office Administration
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Pre-Health Sciences
  • Technology Fundamentals

For more information on full-time, part-time, Second Career and College and Career Preparation programs, please click here.

Remembrance Day ceremonies Barrie Campus Georgian CollegeHelp Honour Canadian Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Merchant Navy by Supporting the Cenotaph Project

What is the Cenotaph Project?

Out of respect for Canada’s Armed Forces personnel, Georgian has undertaken a major capital project to restore a new cenotaph at the cost of approximately $235,000. The cenotaph will be a gathering place of peace and reflection for students, staff and visitors alike. While serving as the centerpiece for Georgian’s annual Remembrance Day commemoration, the cenotaph will be accessible year-round as a continual reminder of the heroism and sacrifice of our military.

Why support the Georgian Cenotaph Project?

“Learning and understanding are the first steps in remembrance for younger generations.”
Honourable James Flaherty, Minister of Finance

Download the Cenotaph Case for Support.

Check out the Cenotaph virtual tour.

Check out the News Release from June 29, 2011.

Afghan vet has summer job building Barrie cenotaph

There are many compelling reasons to support this project.
Most notably, the Georgian College Cenotaph will:

Georgian College Bugler

  • engage the Georgian community, including students, staff and faculty, in proudly creating a monument to remember those who gave their lives so we could be free;
  • embrace the Barrie community as a whole to celebrate Remembrance Day at a location of which, they too, can be proud;
  • provide for unrestricted accessibility to anyone wishing to visit the cenotaph – accessibility that is not available at the current site;
  • enhance the Remembrance Day ceremonies held at the College in partnership with Canadian Forces Base Borden. The current setting for the service is very sparse with only three flag poles providing a focal point for this ceremony.
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Georgian College abides by Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code. If you have any questions or concerns, please email donate@georgiancollege.ca

Georgian is committed to raising $25 million through its Power of Education campaign to expand its capacity and programs which lead students to jobs in growth industries, and provide employers with the best candidates for their hiring pools.

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Give where you live - family campaign logoGive where you live – family matters

How to make a donation

The amount of any gift you contribute to the Family Campaign is not as important as your participation. No contribution is too small and will make a positive impact! Georgian College alumni and retirees are invited to make a donation using the following methods:

  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 from the following methods of payment.

The 2013 Family Campaign

Give where you live– family matters is Georgian College’s family fundraising campaign. 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:

1. Student survival gift

  • The 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

2. Student achievement gift

  • Varsity athletes – to provide support for students who would like to participate in varsity athletics but are unable to afford associated costs such as travel from other campuses or personal expenses associated with out-of-town trips
  • Awards and scholarships – to provide financial support and recognition to students from a variety of programs

3. Student emergency fund

  • Housing – to support students with affordable housing and/or emergency short-term housing needs
  • Transportation and travel – to provide support to students struggling to afford transportation costs including emergency travel
  • Child care – to provide support to students who are 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

4. Student access and opportunity gift

  • Innovative pilot project to provide non-college-bound individuals, who are non-traditional students, with the opportunity to attend Georgian at no cost for one General Education course. It is designed to encourage their postsecondary goals.

Tax receipt

Advancement and Community Development automatically issues tax receipts for donations of $20 or more.

Recognition

As a Family Campaign donor, you will:

  • Receive a custom campaign lapel pin to wear as a proud supporter
  • Be recognized on Georgian’s donor wall for your cumulative giving
  • Be included in the annual donor report in GeorgianView magazine, distributed to 45,000 alumni, donors and friends of Georgian College

Thank you!

Thank you for participating in the Give where you live – family matters campaign. Each of us, as members of the Georgian family, has a vested interest in the success of our students, the college and the communities we serve.

Imagine Canada

Georgian College abides by Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code. If you have any questions or concerns, please email donate@georgiancollege.ca

Georgian is committed to raising $25 million through its Power of Education campaign to expand its capacity and programs which lead students to jobs in growth industries, and provide employers with the best candidates for their hiring pools.

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2012 GeorgianView cover

GeorgianView is the college’s annual publication for alumni, donors and friends.

Check out our most recent editions of the magazine.

Georgian Donors 2012

Thank you to all those who made a donation to Georgian College in 2012, helping Georgian and its students excel at post-secondary education!

2012 GRADitude report - Georgian’s donors from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012

Georgian College abides by Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code.

To read the college’s 2011-2012 annual report, including audited financial statements, click here.
For an overview of the college’s 2011-2012 Registered Charity Information Return, click here.

Imagine Canada

Georgian College abides by Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code. If you have any questions or concerns, please email donate@georgiancollege.ca

Georgian is committed to raising $25 million through its Power of Education campaign to expand its capacity and programs which lead students to jobs in growth industries, and provide employers with the best candidates for their hiring pools.

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Thank you for your interest in supporting Georgian College students, who are the future workforce of our region. Your financial donations and gifts-in-kind have a direct, immediate and positive impact on their learning experiences.

Georgian wants to make it easy for you to give. You are invited to make a donation, and can do so in a variety of convenient ways 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. We like to meet all of our donors and thank them in person, however if you would prefer, other methods of making a donation include:

ONLINEDonate now via the CanadaHelps website. You can choose where you would like your donation designated.

PHONE: Contact Catharine Losier, Fundraising Service Assistant, at 705.728.1968 ext. 1210

EMAIL: Send your wishes to donate to donate@georgiancollege.ca and a staff member will contact you for details.

MAIL: Georgian College, Advancement and Community Development, One Georgian Drive, Barrie, ON, L4M 3X9. Cheques can be made payable to Georgian College.

FAX: Complete the donor pledge form and fax it to 705.722.5176.


Our Privacy Policy: 
Advancement and Community Development at Georgian College follows strict privacy guidelines and ethical practices. We are members of Imagine Canada and our staff are members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. We adhere to the AFP Code of Ethics and Donor Bill of Rights.  Information collected will be used to keep you informed about activities and opportunities to support Georgian College.

Charitable number: 11893 7283 RR0001

The benefits of legacy giving

By Mary Poeta, Investment Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities

Legacy giving provides a two-way gift – a charity, like Georgian College, receives the financial assistance it needs, and you, the donor, receives piece of mind knowing you’ve made a difference.

When a donation is made to a qualifying charity, the donor is entitled to claim a tax credit on his or her personal tax return.  Some examples of a qualifying charity are Canadian Registered charities, Canadian colleges and universities like Georgian College, registered Canadian amateur athletic associations, and the United Nations.

One way you can give a larger and more lasting gift to a charity – without drawing on your assets or depleting your estate – is through life insurance.

There are three main ways which you can help your charity with gifts of life insurance.

  • Designate the charity 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.
  • Transfer ownership of your existing policy to the charity. The charity issues 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 charity upon your death with no tax implications.
  • Establish a charitable gift annuity, which enables you to give a lump sum to a charity and receive guaranteed periodic income in return.

If allocating funds to a charity is important to your financial plan, then consider insurance. There are strategies available to provide funds in the most cost and tax-effective manner.

This article is supplied by Mary Poeta, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member CIPF. Insurance products are offered through RBC DS Financial Services Inc., a subsidiary of RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

Interested in fundraising for Georgian?

Georgian College greatly appreciates community support. If you would like to run a special event on behalf of Georgian College, please contact us via email or call Advancement and Community Development at 705-728-1968 ext. 1210, so we can recognize your efforts, and assist your efforts in any way we can.

Imagine Canada

Georgian College abides by Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code. If you have any questions or concerns, please email donate@georgiancollege.ca

Georgian is committed to raising $25 million through its Power of Education campaign to expand its capacity and programs which lead students to jobs in growth industries, and provide employers with the best candidates for their hiring pools.

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To apply for awards and scholarships please visit us at our Awards & Scholarships Website

Rewarding Excellence

  • Georgian’s awards and scholarships reward students for their academic success, practical skills, financial need and contributions to their community.

We need your support

  • These awards and scholarships are made possible by the generosity of individuals and businesses in the community. Donors have the opportunity to establish a named scholarship with a minimum donation of $1,000 or can donate to a “President’s Scholarship” in an academic program of their choice. President Scholarships honour academic achievement.

Endowed Scholarships

  • Support future generations with an endowed scholarship. Endowed scholarships are a great way to give in perpetuity as the principal amount remains intact and the interest provides the funding for the award. The minimum amount for an endowed scholarship is $12,500. They can be named and the criteria are decided by the donor.

All donors will be issued a charitable tax receipt and will be listed on our website.

For more information, contact our Awards Officer at 705-728-1968, ext. 1211 or Jennifer.Matte@georgiancollege.ca.

Imagine Canada

Georgian College abides by Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code. If you have any questions or concerns, please email donate@georgiancollege.ca

Georgian is committed to raising $25 million through its Power of Education campaign to expand its capacity and programs which lead students to jobs in growth industries, and provide employers with the best candidates for their hiring pools.

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Check out the Alumni website for perks, news and profiles!

Georgian needs your support . . .

With the current economic challenges, students face more financial struggles than ever before. Alumni know and value the support and resources received at college. In fact, since its inception, Georgian’s Alumni Association has donated more than $1 million to the college to help it be the best it can be for students now, and into the future.

Please consider giving back to your college in one of the following ways:

  • Volunteer your time and talent by sitting on one of our many advisory committees or on our Alumni Board. Contact our Manager of Alumni and Stewardship for more information.
  • Make a financial donation:

IN  PERSON: An Advancement and Community Development staff member can come to you, or you are welcome to drop by our office at Georgian College, One Georgian Drive, Barrie, room E200. We like to meet all of our donors and thank them in person, however if you would prefer, other methods of making a donation are available as listed below.

PHONE: Contact Kristin Weatherell, our Donor Relations Coordinator at  705-728-1968, ext. 1214

EMAIL: Send your wishes to donate to donate@georgianc.on.ca and a staff member will contact you for details

MAIL: Georgian College, Advancement and Community Development, One Georgian Drive, Barrie, ON, L4M 3X9. Cheques can be made payable to Georgian College.

FAX: Use the following form and fax to 705-722-5176: Print and Fax Donor Pledge Form

ONLINE: Support Georgian Now!

We hope Georgian met all your expectations and from the experience you have much success in your life. Georgian continues to grow with the support of others – those that give of their time, talents and donations to the College.

Imagine Canada

Georgian College abides by Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code. If you have any questions or concerns, please email donate@georgiancollege.ca

Georgian is committed to raising $25 million through its Power of Education campaign to expand its capacity and programs which lead students to jobs in growth industries, and provide employers with the best candidates for their hiring pools.

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    When the local hospitality industry gathered this past spring for its first awards gala, it also created opportunities to support the academic pursuits of Georgian College Hospitality and Tourism students. The Simcoe Region of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) has donated the proceeds from its inaugural Simcoe Hospitality Awards Gala to student… Continue reading

  • Hydro One continues partnership with Georgian College with another $750,000 investment

    Five years ago Hydro One launched a partnership with Georgian College to promote careers in the utility sector and train more students to become the company’s future workforce. The partnership has been so successful that Hydro One announced it will continue the partnership with a second $750,000 investment in Georgian College’s School of Engineering Technology.… Continue reading

  • Georgian students help build their new home in South Georgian Bay

    Post-secondary students are investing in their futures by doing a lot more than hitting the books. The Student Administrative Council (SAC) of Georgian College announced on Monday it is donating more than $100,000 to the new John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus.  The announcement made during the grand opening ceremony, brings Georgian’s fundraising campaign… Continue reading

  • $1.5-million gift makes waves for Georgian’s marine programs

    The largest and most sophisticated marine navigation simulator at Georgian College’s marine training centre will be named after one of the country’s shipping industry leaders, Jack Leitch. Leitch has donated $1.5 million to the Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre (GLIMTRC), located at the Owen Sound Campus. The centre features four navigational training… Continue reading

  • Paul Sadlon drives Health and Wellness fundraising goal past finish line with $2-million donation

    On the opening day of Georgian College’s new Health and Wellness Centre, Barrie businessman Paul Sadlon helped the college complete its fundraising goal for the new facility by announcing his gift of $2 million. Sadlon’s donation brings the total raised for the Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness, located at the Barrie Campus, to $14.5… Continue reading

  • Rotary rallies for health care education

    Georgian College students and staff think Rotary rocks! The Rotary clubs of Barrie, Barrie-Huronia and Kempenfelt have collectively donated $475,000 in support of Georgian’s Centre for Health and Wellness and scholarships for students studying health and wellness programs. One hundred and forty-five Rotarians from the Barrie, Barrie-Huronia, Innisfil, Kempenfelt and Springwater clubs visited Georgian on… Continue reading

  • Elliott family donates $1 million to Centre for Health and Wellness

     John and Margaret Elliott spent their careers in hands-on occupations – he as a tradesman and business owner and she as a home economics teacher. Applied learning was their specialty and it is a reason why they chose to support Georgian College with a $1-million donation. The contribution is in support of Georgian’s Centre for… Continue reading

  • Georgian College receives $1.5-million gift for entrepreneurship education

    Georgian College is blazing a new trail in the academic sector by becoming the first college in Ontario to secure a $1-million endowed chair.  The donation has been made by Henry Bernick, an entrepreneur and Barrie’s first land developer, who has been instrumental in the growth of the local real estate market since the 1950s. … Continue reading

  • Blue Mountain Resort carves out $100,000 donation

    Blue Mountain Resorts Limited, a pillar of the South Georgian Bay community for more than seven decades, has illustrated its support for the development of the region’s first permanent post-secondary education institution in a big way.  The company has donated $100,000 in support of Georgian College’s new John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus.  To… Continue reading

Contact us!

Connecting donor generosity with student need is the main priority for the Advancement and Community Development office. If you’re interested in knowing more about how Georgian’s many donors help students reach their academic goals, and help Georgian be the best it can be, we’d love to hear from you so contact us today. Our team is at your service!

Executive Director, Advancement and Community Development

Lisa Verhagen Eveleigh

Lisa Eveleigh, MBA, CFRE

  • Sets overall strategic direction for fundraising programs
  • Creates plans and budgets for fundraising
  • Board management
  • Capital Campaign planning and development
  • Financial management
  • 705.728.1968 ext. 1212

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Manager, Alumni and Stewardship

Kelly PottageKelly Pottage

  • Works with the Alumni Board of Directors
  • Manages alumni benefits, including affinity partners
  • Industry, community and donor stewardship
  • Manages donor and alumni communications
  • 705.728.1968 ext.1878

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Manager, Resource Development

 Giving to Georgian - Stephanie Knight, Manager, Resource DevelopmentStephanie Knight

  • Corporate fundraising
  • Manages the Awards and Scholarships program
  • Manages and oversees fundraising event strategy
  • 705.728.1968 ext. 5446

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Awards Officer

Jennifer MatteJennifer Matte

  • Cultivation and retention of awards and scholarships
  • Co-ordinates awards and scholarships
  • Award ceremonies
  • Disburses awards and scholarships
  • 705.728.1968 ext. 1211

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Awards Assistant

Giving to Georgian College - Amy Legacy, Awards AssistantAmy Lagacy

  • Assists students with award and scholarship inquiries
  • Processes award and scholarship applications
  • Assists with student recognition
  • 705.728.1968 ext. 1483

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Alumni Assistant

Jeannine ClaytonJeannine Clayton

  • Maintains alumni social networks
  • Updates alumni database
  • Responds to alumni queries
  • Cultivates and maintains alumni discount partnerships
  • Co-ordinates alumni events
  • 705.728.1968 ext. 1128

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Communications Co-ordinator

Kim GarrawayKimberly Garraway

  • Writing and editorial services for Advancement and Community Development
  • Coordinates the creative design services and print production for a variety of communications vehicles
  • Coordinates the creation of advertising and promotional material for the Power of Education campaign
  • 705.728.1968 ext.1254

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Donor Relations Officer

Kristin Weatherell

Kristin Weatherell

  • Financial and donor reporting
  • Database management
  • Donor relations
  • Stewardship, recognition and cultivation of donors
  • 705.728.1968 ext. 1214

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Fundraising Services Assistant

Catharine LosierCatharine Losier

  • Main reception contact for Advancement and Community Development
  • Assistant to Executive Director, Advancement and Community Development
  • Office financial coordination
  • 705.728.1968 ext. 1210

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Georgian College abides by Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code. If you have any questions or concerns, please email donate@georgiancollege.ca

Georgian is committed to raising $25 million through its Power of Education campaign to expand its capacity and programs which lead students to jobs in growth industries, and provide employers with the best candidates for their hiring pools.

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