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 grads 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 $25-million 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.
The Power of Education: Transforming the student experience is the second phase of our fundraising campaign in which we hope to raise $25 million. This phase will focus on five areas:
- A Student Service Centre
- A new entrepreneurial edge
- Georgian University Partnership Centre
- Technology that delivers 21st century ways to learn
- Collaborative learning spaces
In addition, awards and scholarships will always be a fundraising priority for Georgian College and our employees can contribute to our internal family campaign at any time.
Everything our students need to succeed is right here. Our challenge is to connect them with the right tools, resources and information at the right time. With your help, we’ll bring all student services and access points in the college together in a single, concierge-style hub – online and on campus. We’ll put everything students need to succeed right at their fingertips, from career and program advice to tutoring, counselling, financial services and everything in between.
Forty-six per cent of Canadian postsecondary students today expect to start a business after graduation. But in the future, all of our grads will need core entrepreneurial competencies – the ability to think creatively, collaborate, stay agile and self-motivate – no matter what kind of work they choose to do. With your help, we’ll train our students to think like entrepreneurs, whether they choose to create jobs or fill them. Entrepreneurship will become a signature learning experience at Georgian College, helping students from all disciplines develop the skills to harness their passions and implement their ideas.
Producing agile, adaptive grads means giving students the freedom to design their own education, with full access to a range of skills, experiences and credentials.
With your help, we’ll evolve to meet our community’s future needs by offering a complete postsecondary experience – from apprenticeship to certificates to diplomas, degrees and master’s programs – affordably, right here at home.
Technology skills are key to success in the future economy. They’re also key to making education more accessible, and more empowering, than ever before. With your help, we’ll leverage new and better technologies to give students more choice about what, when and how they learn. We’ll help our students develop and hone the technology skills that are most in demand to give them an edge now and into the future.
Collaboration breeds the ideas and innovation that takes our students to new heights and positions our grads as leaders. With your help, we’ll create modern, collaborative learning spaces and advanced labs that won’t simply change where students learn, but how students learn. Our focus will be on four areas:
- Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation
- Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies
- The Automotive Business School of Canada
- A Marine Emergency Duties Training and Research Centre
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 705.728.1968, ext. 1211. Read about the hundreds of awards and scholarships already available to students, and see photos from award ceremonies.
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:
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 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
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 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
- Online (via Canada Helps. Click the donate now tab and choose from the first four funds/designations)
- Fill out the electronic pledge form and choose one of the following methods of payment.
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.
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.
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 Catharine Losier, Fundraising Services Assistant, 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.
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.
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.
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 at 705.728.1968, ext. 1211 or email@example.com.
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 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 at 705.728.1968, ext. 1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, please email email@example.com or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1214.
If you would like to run a special event on behalf of Georgian to raise money for student success, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1210, so we may recognize your efforts and assist you in any way we can.
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.
Gifts of life insurance may be made in the following ways:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Georgian College donors have made a positive impact in the lives of almost 20,000 students who have graduated since we first launched the Power of Education campaign in 2006.
Thank you to all those who made donations to Georgian College in 2014. You have helped to connect Georgian students to unique postsecondary opportunities that allow them to excel.
Read our 2013-14 GRADitude donor report from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.
Read the college’s 2013-2014 annual report, including audited financial statements.
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:
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 and Wellness, Barrie Campus
The Sadlon Centre 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 programs from the School of Health and Wellness now housed under one roof, Georgian can facilitate interdisciplinary teaching and learning, which means students from various health and wellness 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
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.
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 email@example.com.
Advancement and Community Development hosts several fundraising and community-related events.
Advancement and Community Development is comprised of Advancement, Alumni Relations and Conference Services. Our efforts are driven by staff and volunteers.
Connecting donor generosity with student need is the main priority for Advancement and Community Development. 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. Our team is at your service!
Lisa Eveleigh, MBA, CFRE,
Executive Director, Advancement and Community Development
- Sets overall strategic direction for department priorities
- Advancement Committee and Campaign Cabinet management
- Capital campaign planning and development
- Financial management
- Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1212
Manager, Alumni and Stewardship
- Works with the Alumni Association Executive Council
- Manages alumni benefits, including affinity partners
- Industry, community and donor stewardship
- Manages donor and alumni communications
- Email or call 705.728.1968, ext.1878
Janice Eales, MSc
Manager, Major Gifts
- Provides leadership on revenue generation
- Builds sustainable relationships with donors focusing on cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
- Works with volunteers to support fundraising initiatives
- Email or call 705.728.1968, ext.1258
- Co-ordination for signature fundraising events including the Dream Gala and Golf Classic
- Prospect research
- Foundation and alumni appeals
- Donor cultivation and stewardship
- Email or call 705.728.1968, ext.1117
Donor Relations Officer
- Gift-in-kind donations
- Database management
- Financial and donor reporting
- Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1214
Fundraising Services Assistant
- Assistant to Executive Director, Advancement and Community Development
- Main contact for inquiries for Advancement and Community Development
- Payment processing for donations, sponsorships and special event registration
- Charitable tax receipting
- Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1210
- Updates alumni database
- Maintains alumni social networks
- Responds to alumni inquiries
- Co-ordinates alumni partnerships
- Co-ordinates alumni events
- Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1128
Manager, Resource Development
- Annual fundraising
- Corporate partnerships
- Manages awards and scholarships
- Manages fundraising event strategy
- Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 5446
Sara Tuck, CMP,
Manager, Conference and Event Services
- Promotes Georgian Conference and Event Services to engage stakeholders, create brand recognition and provide one-stop experience for clients
- Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1135
- Establishes new awards and scholarships with donors
- Disburses awards and scholarships to students
- Co-ordinates award ceremonies
- Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1211
- Responds to student inquiries about awards and scholarships
- Processes award and scholarship applications
- Assists with award ceremonies
- Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1483
- Writing and editorial services
- Media relations for donor and alumni news and events
- Co-ordinates creative design services for the Power of Education campaign
- Supports donor stewardship
- Email or call 705.728.1968, ext.1254
Stacy Seldon, Graphic Designer
- Creative design services for advancement, alumni and conference services projects
- Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1866
Co-ordinator, Conference and Event Services
- Provides quality conference planning and facility management services to the campus community, individuals and organizations
- Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1213
Project Co-ordinator, Conference and Event Services
- Supports the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre in event management and delivery of entrepreneurship programs across all of Georgian’s seven campuses.
- Email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1228
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, Honourary 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
- Don Gordon, Chair, North American Sales Director, CarbonCure Technologies
- Scott Anderson, Georgian College student
- Lisa Banks, Vice President, External Relations, Georgian College
- Frank Berdan, Vice President, Barrie/Muskoka and North Central Commercial Financial Services, RBC Royal Bank
- Giselle Bodkin, Partner, BDO Canada LLP
- Brian Davenport, Vice President, Portfolio Manager, RBC Dominion Securities
- Lisa Eveleigh, Executive Director, Advancement and Community Development, Georgian College
- Chris Gariepy, Vice President Business Development, GP Masonry and Landscaping Supplies
- Mark Henderson, Executive Vice President and COO, PowerStream
- Ali Khonsari,Vice President, Image Dental Laboratory
- Paul Larche, President, Larche Communications Inc.
- Tom McBride, President, McBride Financial Services
- Bruce Naylor, Retired transportation executive
- Kevin Wassegijig, Director of Sustainable Economic Development, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
- MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College