Thursday 7 August 2014

Over $100,000 raised! Thank you!

We at the Institute for Christian Studies—Faculty, Students, and Staff—are humbled and so very grateful for your generous response to our matching gift campaign. We wish to express our sincere thanks to you and to all who continue to believe in the importance of ICS and support its mission. We appreciate every donation at every level that has contributed to the success of this unique campaign. Your gift and personal commitment directly and positively impacts our Junior Members, our ability to hold community events, and our commitment to cutting edge scholarship and research. As we celebrate this success, we give thanks for the blessing of our community of committed supporters.

We also owe a debt of gratitude to the two donors (who wish to remain anonymous) who encouraged our fundraising efforts with their offer to match all new or increased givings received during the campaign. Like you, these donors cherish ICS’s standing as the only graduate school in North America that offers a PhD program rooted in reformational Christian scholarship. Like you, they strongly believe that scholars and practitioners in North America and beyond should have the opportunity to study at ICS.

The results of this campaign can only be described as incredible! The two generous donors presented us with a fundraising challenge and you, our long time and new supporters, rose up and met that challenge with amazing success—over $100,000 raised! We couldn’t be happier about the enthusiasm and the encouragement this success contributes to the work of our Junior and Senior Members.

We know that ICS is rooted in a sense of togetherness, and the phenomenal success of this fundraising campaign demonstrates our community coming together to proudly say that the mission of ICS must go on! What this means is that together we will continue to:

  • Educate the next generation of scholars and leaders to bring God’s renewal and hope to our world
  • Offer public outreach through events like the recently concluded conference, Are We There Yet? Economic Justice and the Common Good
  • Conduct thought-provoking research projects like Justice & Faith: Individual Spirituality and Social Responsibility in the Christian Reformed Church in Canada, a study that is taking us right into the pews of CRC churches across Canada.

Events and projects such as these address critical issues in our society, encourages the sharing of ideas, and serves to orchestrate change in our world that welcomes our Lord’s shalom.

We are sincerely grateful for you and each of our donors, and express our utmost appreciation for your support of the important, ongoing work at ICS.

With gratitude,
The on-campus ICS Community