Fonds 11.010 - University of Winnipeg Foundation fonds

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University of Winnipeg Foundation fonds

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CA UWA 11.010

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  • 2001 - 2011 (Creation)
    University of Winnipeg Foundation

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0.70 m of textual records.
7 photographs.
3 CDs.
3 DVDs.
4 audiocassettes.

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Administrative history

The University of Winnipeg’s official fundraising began in 1990 with the formation of the Fundraising Office and the “Strengthening the Links” campaign, a part of University Relations or its variants. In 2001, the University conducted a Feasibility Study to determine the possibility of a separately incorporated fundraising body. Using insight gathered through this study, the University of Winnipeg Board of Regents approved the idea of an incorporated private fundraising body in 2002. The University of Winnipeg Foundation was incorporated with charitable tax status 2 August 2002, and publicly announced 1 April 2003. The Foundation was guided by a Board of Directors, to whom a CEO reported along with a contingent of financial, administrative, and donor relations staff. The Foundation took custody of assets, investments, and scholarship and bursary funds from the University, and was given offices in Wesley Hall. Shortly after, the Foundation undertook its University of Winnipeg Campaign, a fundraising and investment effort that would continue until 2011. The campaign was launched publicly in November 2007 as the “A World of Opportunity” Capital Campaign with an initial goal of $70 million, exceeded by the time the campaign came to a close in September 2011 by over $7 million.

The Foundation’s financial support and fundraising has played a major enabling role in the University’s campus expansions and program development since its incorporation. Some notable examples include the restorations to Wesley Hall; the Aboriginal Student Centre; the Canwest Centre for Theatre and Film; and the Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex. In addition to campus and curriculum, the Foundation also provided over $1 million per year as scholarships and bursaries.

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Records were kept by Susan Thompson, CEO of the University of Winnipeg Foundation, and Terry Samborski, Executive Assistant, in the offices of the University of Winnipeg Foundation. They were transferred to the University of Winnipeg Archives in 2011.

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Fonds reflects the administrative activities of the University of Winnipeg Foundation’s Board of Directors, in terms of its meetings, its communications amongst each other and with the University of Winnipeg, and its liaisons with donors and consultants. The activities of the Foundation relate to fundraising, investing capital, planning events, and ultimately supporting the development and mission of the University of Winnipeg. The greater share of the records is comprised of material from meetings of the Board of Directors, including minutes, speaking notes, reports, presentations, and correspondence. The records also include financial and budget information, documentation of the Foundation’s by-laws and agreements with the University of Winnipeg and of its charitable and corporate status, media releases, Powerpoint presentations, University or Foundation publications, and ephemera from Foundation events. Includes also a small number of photographs and audio recordings.

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  • English

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As many of the files contain financial and proprietary information, access is restricted. The finding aid indicates which files contain restricted information.

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Users must abide by copyright legislation. The University of Winnipeg Foundation retains copyright on this material.

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The four audio cassettes in the fonds have not been listened to.

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Description created 18 April 2018 -- Daniel Matthes

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