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Front and Centre realizes $626,260,909 in largest-ever fundraising campaign in Manitoba history

The largest-ever fundraising campaign in Manitoba history, launched in 2015, has raised $626,260,909, moving well past its $500 million goal.

The astounding amount represents donations from 62,075 individuals, one in five of whom were graduates of the University of Manitoba, and from 48 different countries around the world, making this a truly global campaign.

“At the heart of this campaign are the donors who have put the work of University of Manitoba faculty and staff front and centre, magnifying their impact in our province and in communities around the world,” says President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David T. Barnard. “This generosity was amplified by our volunteers—students, faculty, staff, community members, and the President’s Campaign Team—who together have achieved something truly remarkable for our province.”

He adds: “They are a reminder that even in such an exceptionally difficult time, we still have much to be grateful for.”

“When we launched the campaign, the goal seemed daunting. But, in true Manitoba tradition, where there’s a will, there is a way. It’s amazing what can be accomplished and how we can surpass even the loftiest of goals,” says Mr. Paul Soubry, President and CEO, NFI Group Inc., and Front and Centre Campaign Chair.

Acknowledging the current COVID-19 crisis, Soubry adds: “We know we’re all having a rough ride right now. We thought long and hard about whether it was the right time to share the success of the Front and Centre campaign. We went ahead because it feels good to take a moment to embrace good news—news that speaks to the strength of community.”

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