Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our recent Urgent Need Funding appeal. It was heartwarming to receive donations from alumni, families and friends around the world, along with messages of encouragement and support. One of our local donors said it well: “In this difficult time, those of us that can, must step up. We are in this together.” Thank you for stepping up.
At this time of year, I like to look back on what “philanthropy in action” looked like throughout the school year at Pearson. As always, I am inspired by the many shapes this took. From calling donors to thank them for their generosity and offer a glimpse into student life, to running a campus-wide community campaign that saw 78% student participation, students made sure that philanthropy was part of their College experience.
For the 2nd year, Pearson students participated in the Vital Youth program run through the Victoria Foundation. This year, they chose Gender Equity as the UN Sustainable Development Goal that they wanted to address in Victoria, and they awarded grants of $1,250 to both the Victoria Women’s Transition House and the Bridges for Women Society. It came as no surprise to me when I heard from the Foundation that our students did an excellent job and clearly embodied a passion to give back to the community.
And it doesn’t stop there. Students raised funds for CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) projects such as Precious Plastics and KULE, and a group of students attended a Youth in Philanthropy session in Victoria in the fall, where they each left with a $100 charity gift card so they could take what they learned and make a donation to a Canadian non-profit organization.
Philanthropy has continued to flourish in the alumni community as well. Championed by the 20 and 30 year reunions last summer, we saw great interest in supporting Class Year Scholarships. I would like to extend a special thank you to the robust team of volunteers from Year 16 that went above and beyond, fully funding one student scholarship and finding unique ways to engage their peers. One alumna from that class made a beautiful quilt for their sponsored student and incorporated a message from each donor on the quilt. Kudos Year 16!
Alumni giving is up to 21% this year and there are still 4 weeks left to contribute to your class year. Check in here to see where your year stands. If you have already made your gift this year, I challenge you to invite a peer to join you – gifts of every size make a big difference!
Over the coming weeks, you will receive an invitation from me to support the College. I hope you will consider this request. If you aren’t able to make a gift right now, please consider sharing stories from the College with those in your network and encouraging them to participate in our year-end appeal.
Thank you and stay well!
Director of Advancement