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Think Ahead Campaign surpasses $100M goal

It takes a community to move mountains — but we’ve done it. What a historic accomplishment. On behalf of the College and future generations of students who’ll benefit from your unprecedented support of the Think Ahead Campaign, we applaud you all. We’re thrilled to announce we’ve surpassed our $100-million campaign goal, raising $103.2 million to date.

At a very special Association Day, Saturday, Sept. 26, Upper Canada College celebrated this milestone, with UCC Principal Jim Power and Board of Governors Chair and parent Andy Burgess ’83, expressing their heartfelt thanks to the more than 7,000 dedicated parents, Old Boys, faculty, staff and community members who supported the campaign with gifts and volunteer service. The celebration featured key donors and dignitaries, including City of Toronto Councillor Josh Matlow, and volunteers such as campaign cabinet co-chairs Andy Pringle ’69, Laurie Thomson and Loudon Owen ’76.

The crowd of 1,500 community members was entertained (thanks to the musical stylings of Principal Jim Power!) and treated with a pyrotechnic display to commemorate this remarkable achievement.

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“Our community’s generosity over the course of this campaign has been incredible,” says Burgess. “And gifts are still coming in — our community understands what it takes to deliver a truly world-class education and they continue to support our campaign priorities. I expect we’ll be announcing a final campaign tally towards the end of this year.”

A pillar of the campaign, our core commitment to financial assistance, has already helped many promising young men thrive at UCC. This school year, 196 boys will receive more than $4.5 million in needs-based financial assistance. That’s 18 per cent of our students, a figure unprecedented in our 186-year history.

The campaign has also raised funds for much-needed renovations to the Upper School, specifically increasing and improving classroom spaces, creating state-of-the-art science facilities and a show-stopping first floor with easily accessible administrative offices. The Think Ahead Campaign also built the William Wilder ’40 Arena and Sports Complex.

“There are so many reasons to celebrate and so many parents, Old Boys, faculty and staff, and community friends to thank for their generous support of our school and our vision,” says Principal Jim Power. “It’s an honour to be a part of the College at such a historic moment in its evolution.”

Focusing on the heart of the UCC experience, the campaign also expanded academic and co-curricular programs with the introduction of initiatives such as the Character Project. The Global Leadership Initiative has taken teachers to both Brazil and India, and enabled them to bring their valuable global perspective and experience back to share with the boys. Finally, our boarding campaign announced the achievement of its $14-million goal in May, heralding a new era of revitalized boarding-staff support and renovated houses.

“As a student I’ve had a front row seat to the amazing changes at our school – everything from newly renovated classrooms and athletic facilities to most notably the financial assistance program,” says student leader Clayton Jeffrey, who will graduate from UCC this year. “Being on the field and in the classroom with a diverse, driven group of boys I call friends and ‘brothers’ makes me feel so fortunate to be at this great school. I’m proud of our community and how it has come together to make all this happen, and I thank them for making it possible for me to attend UCC.”

“We were thrilled to see so many people out at Association Day today,” says Pringle. “It was our opportunity to celebrate an important milestone and to also express our gratitude to all those who made a commitment to the Think Ahead Campaign. This dream could never have been realized without our community’s unwavering support.”