May 2, 2016

University launches most ambitious campaign in its history

$1.3-billion Energize initiative kicks into high gear

On Friday, April 29, following a five-year “quiet” phase, the university officially kicked off the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its 50-year history. At a celebratory anniversary event at the EEEL building, President Elizabeth Cannon shared progress of the campaign — called Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High — with attendees keen to learn that the initiative is already more than halfway to the goal of $1.3 billion.

“Five years ago, we began quietly asking alumni and friends to support our journey to create an environment where students can be successful, healthy and confident. We asked them to fuel our research so that the work our scholars do has an impact, attracts talent, drives innovation and makes our community richer and more creative,” said Cannon. “And you said yes.”

Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High already has the support of nearly 20,000 donors from around the world; more than 80 per cent of those are individual donors. “Our donors challenge us to be bolder, think bigger, and achieve more. They believe in us to deliver on a shared vision of what the University of Calgary can achieve for the community,” said Cannon. “Be they large or small, gifts from the philanthropic community touch the lives of countless individuals throughout the university and the community.”

The campaign is intended to serve as a catalyst for those determined to make a difference. Nuvyn Peters, vice-president (development and alumni engagement), explains that funds raised will “allow the university to make achievements in research and scholarships that would not otherwise be possible. Investments in things like entrepreneurship and international experiences, and research priorities such as brain and mental health, arts and culture, and safe, clean and secure energy.”

The newly-opened Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, the Cumming School of Medicine, and the Werklund School of Education as well as unique student-support programs like UCalgaryStrong — all made possible through philanthropic giving under the Eyes High vision — are tangible proof that the campaign is already fuelling remarkable transformation on campus, in this city and beyond.

Visit The Campaign for Eyes High for more information on how to get involved.