Local businesses help TWU reach its fundraising goal

Langley, British Columbia—It is a boost for the community and one of its largest members that annually attracts hundreds of students and visitors to the Lower Mainland. Trinity Western University’s two-year fundraising campaign recently came to a close. Not only did the University meet its goal of $5.8 million, but with the partnership of businesses, foundations and individuals in the surrounding area, an additional $4 million was received for scholarships, projects and designated capital initiatives.

“We are grateful for the support that we have received from the community and from those who believe in our mission,” says Doris Olafsen, Executive Director of Development. “The funding will not only provide rewards for the University, but important benefits for the community as well.”

The funding will go towards a variety of projects including $2.1 million in new scholarships. “In the past God has given us opportunity to campaign for bricks and mortar. Now we have the opportunity to campaign for a cause that is rocking the nation—developing leaders of integrity to lead us into the 21st century,” states Olafsen.

Many of the other plans supported by the campaign are well underway. Nearing completion is the $1.5 million athletics project that includes two all-weather athletic fields. The fields will be ready for play by next summer and will enable Trinity Western teams to welcome competing teams into the Langley area and host community sporting events.

Numerous new additions are not as visible from the outside. The campaign has enabled a feasibility study to be conducted to prepare for a School of Business that will help TWU graduates excel in the changing global marketplace. A high-tech learning center will deliver courses through new media. And 57 acres of property adjacent to the current campus have been purchased to accommodate the growing student population.

“This was a campaign of awareness as much as it was one of fundraising,” says Olafsen. “It allowed us to bring those from the outside into the Trinity Western community and secured a number of new partnerships with businesses in the surrounding area.”

One of the events displaying the growing local partnerships was the Parade of Lights, sponsored by the Surrey Chamber of Commerce and the Cloverdale Rodeo Association. The event not only brought 30,000 people through the Christmas lights display at Cloverdale’s fairgrounds, but also acquainted those taking in the spectacular display with Trinity Western University’s role and mission, as one of the beneficiaries of the event.

The Vancouver Board of Trade also showed its support of Trinity Western University through its Post-Secondary Student Initiative program. Eleven students from Trinity Western received a free one-year membership to the Vancouver Board of Trade and were mentored by business leaders from the community through this partnership.

“Awareness has led to a successful conclusion and has given us the momentum to fulfill Trinity Western’s mission and prepare for the future,” says Olafsen.

The campaign was appropriately labeled the “bridge to the future,” as it will be used as a springboard for another major campaign that will unfold over the next few years.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,763 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2012-08-21
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