Trent Press Release

September 28, 2001

Campaign Chair Don Tapscott (left) and Ted Tremain, Deputy Campaign Chair and member of Trent's Board of Governors, present a $17.2 million cheque on behalf of the Beyond Our Walls Campaign Cabinet to Trent President Bonnie Patterson.

Trent University Announces $17.2 million success
Campaign goal exceeded

Donors, volunteers, students, alumni, faculty, and staff celebrated with coffee and cake today as Trent University's Beyond Our Walls Campaign Chairman, Don Tapscott, announced that the campaign had surpassed its goal of $17 million.

The final campaign total of $17,219,216 marks the most successful capital campaign in the history of the university.

Presenting Trent University's President Bonnie Patterson with the $17.2 million cheque on behalf of the Beyond Our Walls Campaign Cabinet, Trent Alumnus and Campaign Chair Don Tapscott saluted the many donors and committed volunteers who contributed to the overwhelming achievement. "If anything, this campaign is testimony to the widespread affection, devotion, and respect individuals and communities hold for Trent University," Mr. Tapscott said. "These are the foundations of a campaign of this magnitude. Our success today is a reflection of these fundamentals-and a lot of hard work."

Campaign Fast Facts  

  • Goal: $17 million
  • Total Raised: $17,219,216
  • Campaign began in the autumn of 1999 and closes today
  • 22% of the funds were raised in the Peterborough Region
  • Trent's Board of Governors' gift totaled $1,226,200
  • 1/3 of Trent's top 100 donors are first time donors
  • Trent Alumni gave in unprecedented numbers, a total of $2.1 million

Launched in the autumn of 1999, the Beyond Our Walls Campaign involved 150 volunteers and will result in a variety benefits throughout the Trent community:

  • 97 new scholarships, bursaries, and prizes were established.
  • Trent and the surrounding community benefited by the installation of new high speed Internet access.
  • New Classrooms, offices, videoconference, and cafeteria facilities were created at Otonabee College.
  • Research capabilities at Trent's Oliver Centre, Water Quality Centre, and DNA Forensic Lab have been enhanced and expanded.
  • Trent University's endowment fund grew by approximately $11 million since 1996.

Trent University President Bonnie Patterson added to the celebratory spirit, thanking, in particular, students and alumni for their loyalty to the goals of the campaign. "Not only did an unprecedented number of Trent alumni contribute to the tune of $2.1 million," commented President Patterson, "The Trent Central Student Association, led by TCSA President Marisa Barnhardt, provided $20,000 toward a scholarship and library endowment. It is this type of student dedication that makes Trent University such an exceptional place."

The campaign wraps up this evening with a donor reception, dinner, and round table discussion about the future of Liberal Arts Education, led by Trent University Chancellor Peter Gzowski. With the Beyond Our Walls Campaign winding up today, Don Tapscott lost no time in reminding everyone that the Development Office must continue to raise funds for the many needs at Trent University. "The First People's House of Learning and other important initiatives are just on the horizon and we know we can count on your support," he said.

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Distribution: Peterborough, Regional


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