Terri-Jane Yuzda

APEGGA Education Foundation Board Faces our Next Phase's Challenges


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 projects.

The June issue of The PEGG arrived today, and earlier in the week I was catching up on reports of the APEGGA Annual General Meeting, Annual Conference and Summit Awards®. The themes are of new visions, addition of new members, and of new energy. When I look out the windows into our garden I see the same thing!

On March 19, your foundation held its annual general meeting and now has a new president in Norman Orr, P.Eng., who has a long history of service with APEGGA. The past year was very successful in increasing voluntary donations to $69,161 (from $31,782 in 2001) and total assets to $363,421 (from $257,764 in 2001).

The new board meets for the first time the week of June 23.

Donation Campaign

The board had already decided in January to renew the campaign with life members begun last year, which was so successful in increasing voluntary donations. The campaign with 35th anniversary members was not as successful and the approach there will be revisited.

The foundation has adopted a new record keeping system, because the old one was no longer meeting our needs. I obtained some data from this and am happy to report that donations for the year to June 18 are $53,610, compared with $17,756 last year.

This huge increase may be a bit misleading since some Summit AwardsÒ donations are included in those periods as well as voluntary donations. However, there does appear to be an increase and I will be checking in future months to make more valid comparisons.

The board approved a new Millennium Scholarship last year and will be looking at the details of how scholarships will be increased using our new revenues.


When I feel the need for some renewal, I look back into a tabloid issued by the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, the January 2001 issue. It has some excellent material on fundraising. I'd like to share some of that with you.

It says that surveys show that donors become dissatisfied with slow gift acknowledgement and lack of meaningful information about their gifts at work. However, they stop giving to a charity when there is mismanagement of funds, failure of the charity to fulfill its mandate or negative media attention.

The centre also points out that the challenge is not so much getting people to give as it is keeping donors after they have made that first commitment. Fifty per cent of donors do not renew their initial gifts and by the fifth year almost 90 per cent have stopped giving! "Meaningful information on their gifts at work is the key to donors' repeat and increased giving."

These are the challenges for our new board.

Although this is not discussed in the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy articles, I sense that charities go through growth stages. I think ours has just "got off the ground."

We are about to enter the stage where we are seen as a viable, long-term, charity. I think that only then will corporations and major donors come forward with significant gifts.

I have not yet seen any good material on how charities can attempt to grow from one stage to the next. I'd welcome any input.

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