Queen's unveils $500-million Initiative Campaign

September 28, 2012

Queen's University is reaching out to its famously faithful alumni with the launch of a $500-million fundraising campaign. The Initiative Campaign has quietly been underway for years, and has already garnered close to $300 million. Queen's aims to reach the target by 2016 -- the university's 175th anniversary -- and to secure promises of an additional $100-million in planned estate giving. Raising funds for a proposed student life and wellness centre is a key goal for Queen's, which in recent years has been a prominent voice on student health issues, particularly mental health. After constructing a costly student and athletics centre, Queen's intends to use more of the funds to enhance the student experience and less for capital spending than in recent years. One central priority is to increase the endowment for student support in the form of scholarships and bursaries based on merit and need by up to $80 million. Queen's will consider expanding newer experiments such as the Innovation and Global Leadership Initiative, a program jointly hosted this year by the business and engineering faculties, which awarded 20 students $7,000 each to spend the summer receiving a hands-on education in entrepreneurship. Queen's has developed a website dedicated to the Initiative Campaign. Queen's News Centre | Globe and Mail | Initiative Campaign website