AMHERST, N.S. – Fundraising goals for the Make Way Campaign for NSCC have far surpassed expectations, and those milestones were celebrated April 1, at the Nova Scotia Community College Amherst Learning Centre.
“I was honoured and very excited to be ask to chair in the Make Way campaign because I knew it was going to be an amazing opportunity to help NSCC students on their journey,” said Rob Sobey.
In 2017, the Sobey family donated a collective gift of $6.5 million to the Make Way campaign, the biggest single donation in the history of NSCC.
“I knew the Make Way campaign would open doors so that even more people would have a chance at a transformative education and, I must say, the campaign has been quite a ride,” said Sobey.
Make Way aimed to raise $25 million to support students through scholarships, bursaries and urgent aid, but has raised much more.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that our generous donors and partners have committed over $33 million,” said Sobey.
Started in 2014, Make Way is NSCC’s first province-wide fundraising initiative.
Soon after it began, the campaign received a $4.6-million gift from the Joyce Family Foundation.
The Campaign launched publicly in 2017, and soon after that the Sobey family made their $6.5 million donation to the campaign.
Each campus throughout Nova Scotia also raises money for the campaign, with the Cumberland Campus raising $1,625,581, far surpassing other campuses throughout the province.
Much of the money is raised through donations from businesses in Cumberland County, and it’s also raised through payroll deductions from faculty and staff.
“We have 100 per cent of our faculty and staff on board,” said McCormack. “We were the first to do that.”
NSCC campuses have raised the following amount for the Make Way campaign:
Cumberland Campus – $1,625,581
Ivany Campus – $1,085,126
Marconi Campus - $713,284
Pictou Campus - $698,751
Kingstec Campus - $673,114
Burridge Campus - $661,750
Truro Campus - $543,777
Strait Area Campus - $496,032
Akerley Campus - $420,539
Lunenburg Campus - $362,129
Institute of Technology Campus - $291,733
Annapolis Valley Campus - $261,743
Shelburne Campus - $165,458