Advancement

If you have any questions about the work of the Advancement office at SMUS, please get in touch.

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Office of Advancement

Welcome! The Advancement department has responsibility for all fundraising at SMUS, tax receipting and database records, alumni relations, marketing and communications and the SMUS archives. In addition we liaise closely with the Parents’ Auxiliary and the SMUS Alumni Association Boards and volunteers.

Our over-arching objectives are to ensure that the SMUS community remains connected to the school and to each other, and that the long-term financial viability of the school is supported through philanthropy. The cost of delivering our exceptional educational programs is not fully covered by tuition alone, as is the case with almost all top tier independent schools. We rely on our community to help us reach for better resources and better facilities in support of our students. As a registered not for profit entity, we are also able to issue tax receipts for eligible gifts and donors, including in the USA.

The Floreat Strategic Plan challenges us to many ambitious goals, not least of which is to offer the best education in Canada. It also highlights a focus on developing a broad culture of philanthropy through the support of our entire network of Board members, alumni, current parents, staff and faculty.

Annual Appeal logoOur Fundraising Priorities for 2021-2022 – the Annual Appeal

In consultation with school leaders, coaches, faculty and the Board of Governors, we have prioritized our fundraising foci for this school year into six broad categories: Wellness, Arts & Athletics, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Sustainability, Heritage & Facilities, and Technology. Explore the Annual Appeal giving options in greater detail, along with our real-time fundraising goal progress wheels.

Endowment Giving and Bequest Giving

SMUS is very fortunate to have permanently endowed funds expertly invested by our Vivat Foundation Board, which provide a substantial annual income to the school, primarily in support of Financial Aid to deserving students. Please learn more about the Vivat Foundation and read the brochure and learn how you may support this future focused method of giving back.

Another very beneficial avenue of philanthropy that continues to have enormous impact on our school is our Legacy Circle program – a way for each of us to make a bequest to the school in our estate planning and wills. Please learn more about the Legacy Circle and read the brochure or reach out to Shara Campsall at [email protected] for more information on how you may plan a gift in your lifetime, to be realized after death.

Our Team – please reach out to us

We have a small team of specialists to assist you with any inquiries related to Advancement. We are always willing to connect with you. Please visit the contact page for individual contact information or to send us an inquiry.