Carleton surpasses $300M fundraising goal, president tells Mayor’s Breakfast

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Carleton University president Benoit-Antoine Bacon.

Carleton University has raised more than $300 million with a few months still to go in its Collaborate Campaign, the school’s president announced on Tuesday.

Benoit-Antoine Bacon spoke to a capacity crowd at the regular Mayor’s Breakfast series on Tuesday morning and announced that the Ottawa post-secondary institution’s fundraising campaign, launched publicly back in 2015, has surpassed its $300-million goal. Carleton University said in a statement that it has solicited funding from 25,000 donors, and the campaign will continue until a wrap-up event on April 17.

Some of the funds have already been put to use on campus to improve services, programs and research resources for faculty and students. A few of the initiatives receiving funding through Collaborate are the Nicol Entrepreneurial Institute, the Jarislowsky Chair in Water and Global Health and engineering scholarships aimed at recruiting students from abroad.

Bacon joined Carleton University in July of last year, succeeding interim president Alastair Summerlee.