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This article was published 14/4/2016 (1309 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
A $10-million donation from the Richardson Foundation was welcomed Thursday as the largest philanthropic donation to the Front and Centre campaign of the University of Manitoba.
The purpose of the donation is to upgrade classrooms and laboratories at the university’s Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses, and U of M president Dr. David Barnard said the Richardsons’ generosity will make a substantial difference.
"Transformation and the Richardson name go hand in hand. They know, as we know, that the cumulative impact of these upgrades will completely transform how students learn for generations to come," said Barnard.
The Richardson donation will support a wide variety of upgrades such as lab and classroom renewals, software and hardware, projectors, AV equipment, flat-screen TVs, flooring and furnishings.
The Richardson Foundation challenged the U of M to extend its impact by matching the $10-million gift, dollar for dollar, through continued fundraising efforts.
"It is the Richardson Foundation’s sincere hope that our commitment inspires others who believe in the potential of our students, in this institution and in this province, to step forward and demonstrate their support of the Front and Centre campaign," said Hartley Richardson, president of James Richardson & Sons, Ltd.
The goal of the campaign is to raise $500 million. The province announced it will contribute $150 million. The Richardson donation brings the current total to $365 million, Barnard said.
Updated on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 1:26 PM CDT: David Barnard is U of M president.
3:52 PM: Writethru
April 15, 2016 at 8:53 AM: Clarifies the donation is to upgrade classrooms and laboratories.