SUDBURY – Big spending on Black Friday did not stop people from being generous with Cambrian College yesterday on Giving Tuesday.
The Cambrian College Foundation set a target of $10,000 for student financial aid, the student foodbank, equipment renewal, and programming. That goal was eclipsed by mid-morning and by the end of the day, more than $51,000 had been raised directly, a new record for the Foundation.
But the total grew from there. Eligible Giving Tuesday donations were then matched dollar-for-dollar, through Cambrian’s Gift Matching Program. It’s a special fund made up of donations, to be used to boost fundraising efforts. That brings the total amount of money raised through Giving Tuesday to $74,220.
“Each year more donors, corporate partners, vendors, alumni, staff, faculty, students and friends are joining together to support Cambrian and its students,” says Cambrian’s Director of Development and Alumni, Brandi Braithwaite. “We are truly in awe of our supporters and the amazing impact they have all made this Giving Tuesday. Their gifts are going to leave a lasting effect.”
More than 100 individuals, organizations, and businesses donated to the Foundation throughout the day.
“This year’s total is incredible, and it shows how deep our roots go in the community,” says Cambrian President Bill Best, who donated $1,000. “Many of our donors have a personal connection to Cambrian. A lot of them remember what it was like to be a student, and I think they want to ensure our students have every opportunity to succeed like they did.”
Stacey Plouffe is one of those students. Plouffe is in the second year of her General Business program, and returned to school as a mature student, with financial help from the Cambrian College Foundation.
“I’m a mom and a wife, and the bursaries I receive definitely help me maintain my finances while I go to school, so that my family can have a brighter future.”
Every year, the Cambrian College Foundation distributes more than $700,000 in scholarships and bursaries to students. Learn more at www.cambrianinternational.ca/donate.
Cambrian is also accepting students for the January semester. Full details are available at www.cambrianinternational.ca/january.
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Cambrian College is northeastern Ontario’s largest college, with over 75 programs.
Cambrian’s main campus is in Sudbury, with satellite centres in Espanola and Little Current. For more information about Cambrian College, visit www.cambrianinternational.ca
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