secondary education after-degree program
At the November 2005 Annual Members’ meeting, the Foundation agreed to raise $65,000 per year for three years starting in 2006/07 in support of staffing for the Secondary Education after-degree program. Initially, it was hoped that this program could be established at King’s in 2007/2008; the approval process by the Province of Alberta and the recruitment of staff delayed this until fall 2009. Meanwhile, fundraising for this project among Foundation members proceeded at a very successful rate.
A proposal, adopted by the directors at their April 2008 meeting, was presented to Foundation members at the Annual Meeting on November 21, 2008. The proposal significantly increased the involvement and leadership of Foundation members by enhancing the fundraising efforts for this project to a commitment of $780,000 over six years, beginning with the fiscal year 2007/08. At this meeting, the Foundation agreed to take on the responsibility of raising these funds. The commitments of $130,000 for the fiscal year 2007/08 and $97,500 for the year 2008/09 were paid from gifts and pledges received from members for the initial project.
Members of the Foundation have honoured this sizeable commitment with their own gifts, supplemented with gifts from King's broader supporting community.