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
by supporting the education and development of engineers,
geologists and geophysicists, as well as those who might enter
the three professions. It assembles and manages funds, builds
endowments and encourages donations. The foundation distributes
funds for scholarships and awards, and in support of special
The APEGGA Education Foundation Board of Directors held a
meeting Feb. 26, and on March 19 the Annual General Meeting
was held. Out of these meetings came the important announcements
Increases In Millennium Scholarships
A second Millennium Scholarship has been created by the foundation,
which will be in the amount of $2,000 and offered for the
next university or college term. Also, the board wishes to
announce that the original Millennium Scholarship, begun with
an APEGGA $50,000 endowment, will have the amount of the award
increased to $2,000 by Foundation revenues. Last year this
award was worth $1,500.
See related story.
The financial report was submitted to the AGM for approval.
We had a very successful year compared to previous ones. Total
assets increased from $257,764 to $363,421 but of most interest
is that voluntary donations increased from $31,782 to $69,161!
The campaign was based on making the voluntary donations available
to increase scholarships after deducting campaign expenses
(mailing) of $3,130, so $66,031 is our net.
Canvassing life members was a key element in achieving the
increase. The board has already decided that this will be
done again this year. The board will work next to develop
the specific increases by scholarship with the aim of having
On the face of it, this should be simple arithmetic, but the
reality is that those at the University of Alberta are endowed
(since the late 1970s) and the endowment has grown, allowing
greater awards. The board will get all this figured out.
The financial reports will appear with APEGGA's annual reports
in April, along with the foundation president's report.
It was announced at the AGM that Norman Orr, P.Eng., will
be our president in the coming year. He will be known to many
of you as an APEGGA past-president, a past warden in the Edmonton
Camp of the Seven Wardens, and a longtime volunteer for our
Connie Parenteau, P.Eng., and Alice Payne, P.Geol., are new
additions to the board.
Is There Anybody Out There?
Answer: Two, at least. When I compose these articles, I wonder
if anybody reads them. I have even considered just recycling
some old articles to see if anyone has been paying attention!
However, I've had two contacts recently that help keep me
motivated. One was from Bruce, who pointed out that two U.K.-based
organizations with members in Canada, Royal Institute of Chartered
Surveyors and the Hydrographic Society, both add a levy on
their invoices for annual dues to support their scholarship
programs. The amount is about 10 pounds ($25, say). Members
are not obliged to pay this and can just delete that entry
if they wish.
My other contact, Bob, who I know personally, points out that
for the 2002 tax return, the credit on the first $200 of charitable
donation is 16 per cent (not 17 per cent, which I wrote) -
and is 29 per cent on donations greater than that.
Since many give over $200, this credit adds a bit more weight
to the argument for voluntary donations than I suggested.
Keep those cards and letters coming!
The next thing to need our attention is the year 2003 donations
campaign. I previously thought our voluntary donations would
plateau at $70,000 but in view of the past success, I feel
we can "raise the bar."
People are leery about supporting a fledgling charity and
particularly when there have been no tangible results. You
will see those rolling in now over the next few months, and
that makes me more optimistic.