UNBC fundraising tops $15 million

UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks
UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks

The University of Northern British Columbia has wrapped up its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, surpassing its $15-million goal, raising a grand total of $21.4 million to support a number of institutional priorities and projects that will help advance UNBC’s stature as one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities.

The Northern Leadership Campaign began in late 2014, focusing on three key priorities: strengthening research and teaching excellence, inspiring next-generation leaders and creating local solutions with global impact.

A total of 3,306 donors contributed to the Northern Leadership campaign, resulting in the creation of 158 new student awards. The funds also supported strategic investment in a number of institutional priorities and projects that will foster further innovation and high quality academic programming and research, that will have an immeasurable impact in Northern B.C. communities and across the globe.

UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks says the $21-million tally highlights the commitment and dedication of our community to educate a new wave of innovative leaders who can pioneer solutions to address our unique challenges in the North, further strengthening economic, social and cultural prosperity across the region.

“We are incredibly grateful and truly honoured by the generosity and outpouring of support shown by our donors, founders, community partners, alumni, faculty and staff. Their commitment to UNBC has made a huge impact that will transform lives and communities in the North and around the world for years to come,” said Dr. Weeks, in a news release.

UNBC hosted a donor appreciation event last night to celebrate the success of the Campaign, providing thanks and recognition to its community champions and supporters for their generosity and commitment to advancing UNBC as a world-class destination university.