Brandon University’s annual fundraising appeal triples support during BU50 year

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Brandon University’s 50th anniversary year sparked an extraordinary outpouring of generosity from donors, who responded to BU’s Annual Fund appeal by more than tripling last year’s amount.

More than $370,000 was received between Oct. 12, 2017 and Oct. 12, 2018 — a timeline that ran from Homecoming to Homecoming as Brandon University celebrated its BU50 anniversary.

Multiple donors were inspired by the anniversary celebrations, including an anonymous gift of $50,000, a total of $50,000 from members of BU’s President’s Advisory Committee, and a $50,000 donation to the HLC from BU Board of Governors member Kerry Auriat.

The impact of donors in to the Annual Fund.

The anniversary appeal also prompted more than 40 people to donate for the first time, together contributing more than $11,000.

“The funds so generously donated to the Brandon University Foundation will help us enhance our programs and services to students, increase scholarship and bursary support, and help fund our most important needs as they arise,” said BU Interim President Steve Robinson. “Your generosity goes a long way in improving the student experience for each and every one of our future graduates and leaders.”

Brandon University hopes to keep this momentum going. Their direct mail appeal for 2018–19 was launched in October and more than $55,000 has been received already. Areas being highlighted this year include student travel opportunities, scholarships and bursaries, and the ongoing needs of faculties, schools, and facilities. Donors can always choose to designate their gift to an area of interest to them.

“As tuition and government grants cover only so much, these additional contributions are greatly appreciated,” said BU Development Officer Shawna English. “Our donors help Brandon University build on our foundation as an outstanding academic institution to create a bright future for our students and for all the wider community.”

Donating to the Brandon University Foundation is easy. You can give online at, call 204-727-7374 or visit the Office of Advancement and External Relations in Clark Hall.

Cheques can also be mailed to the BU Foundation at 270–18th Street in Brandon, MB. Donations to the BU Foundation can also be arranged through BU payroll deduction.

Donations received or postmarked before the end of the year are eligible for a 2018 tax receipt.


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