BY DENNIS BROOKS, P.ENG., P.GEOPH.
Education Foundation Columnist
Editor's Note: The APEGGA Education Foundation,
which is separate and distinct from APEGGA, serves the professions
through the support of education. It assembles and manages
funds, builds endowments, encourages donations, and distributes
funds for scholarships, awards and the support of special
projects. The foundation helps in the education and development
of engineers, geologists and geophysicists, as well as those
who might enter the three professions.
As I'm writing this, work progresses on the production of
an insert featuring the APEGGA Education Foundation. The insert
appears as a pullout in this edition of The PEGG. (view
In it, once again, we publically thank our many donors, and
provide information on the make-up of the foundation board
of directors, the foundation's mission and its objectives.
The timing for this section is fortuitous - on Nov. 15 the
Association of Fundraising Professionals sponsors National
Philanthropy Day. Since becoming involved in the foundation
I am continually amazed how vast an industry philanthropy
Last year on Philanthropy Day, the fundraising association's
award luncheon drew an attendance of more than 1,000 in Calgary.
A similar function in Edmonton drew more than 500.
Did you know that there are about 80,000 charitable organizations
in Canada? I'm told that there are more than 400 charitable
golf events in the Calgary area alone!
At this time of year, we all know that the United Way campaign
is in full swing. But did you know that community foundations
in Alberta support charities year-round in their communities
and form endowment funds of more than $314 million? Calgary
has the biggest one at $168 million and Edmonton is close
behind at $125 million. But even the smaller centres of Drayton
Valley and Mayerthorpe have community foundations.
These foundations were first created in 1908 in Cleveland,
Ohio, where it was realized that certain trust monies could
be put to better use than towards "retired milk horses,"
believe it or not!
Winnipeg had the first one in Canada in 1921 and Alberta legislation
allowed their existence after 1971, although they really didn't
get going here until 1989. An interesting feature is that
donors are able to specify what type of charity is to receive
the benefit, and another is that donors in Edmonton, for example,
are able to build up an endowment over 10 years. Scholarships
at any institution are a growing part of their work.
Other big fundraising players include the Alberta Heritage
Scholarship Fund, which awards millions in scholarships each
year for many different types of education, and the universities
It is clear that we are small players in an extremely competitive
field. So it is important that we find our niche and be of
value in that area at least.
One distinction we have is that while we try to attract the
best to our professions, we don't recruit for any one institution
(not to say that it isn't important for them to do that).
Another is that the board has decided to restrict solicitations
to APEGGA members, companies that employ them, and other organizations
with which we have important common interests.
So there. Your suspicions are confirmed when you receive all
those calls and mail that there is a "monster" out
there. The good news is that work for philanthropy helps thousands
of people, and donors have some say in how their money will
be used, rather than letting government decide for them.
Our base of donors added $3,936 in September. We have also
had a very gratifying response from our mail-out to life members.
Forty-seven life members have responded to the mail-out with
donations and another dozen have shown enough interest to
ask for further information. And the donations continue to
come in. The life member campaign has added $4,341 in September.
This brings our total voluntary donations for the year to
$33,577. After allowing for expenses, it means we have $665
to add to each scholarship - 33 per cent of our goal.
Also, we are beginning to get responses from our 35-year practitioners.
Doubling our scholarships by May 2003 will be a stretch but
I have had a chance to review the list of donors published
in this PEGG. The total numbers are a bit ahead of last year's
but the donations total is well ahead.
There are always surprises. Members-in-training and registered
professional technologists contribute generously in proportion
to their numbers! So, thanks again to our many supporters.