Kingston’s Pathways to Education’s endowment fund reaches $1 million goal

Pathways to Education Kingston held a luncheon at Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) on Friday, Jun. 14, 2024, after announcing they have reached their goal of raising $1 million for its endowment fund, the result of four years of fundraising.

According to a release from KCHC, this endowment fund will support the Pathways Facilitator of Alumni Relations (FAR) Program. This local, innovative program supports Pathways Kingston graduates to successfully transition to next steps including post-secondary, meaningful employment, or skills trades, KCHC noted. More than 65 per cent of Kingston Pathways graduates access FAR supports, and the FAR program has increased local retention rates at post-secondary from 36 to 80 per cent.

The Kingston Pathways Cabinet is a group of local community leaders and champions who saw a need for program sustainability in Kingston, outside of allocated core funding, and created the idea and efforts behind the endowment fund. According to the release, it took four years of hard work to achieve this ambitious goal. In the interim, Pathways received generous bridge funding via a Global Grant from Rotary Cataraqui-Kingston and Rotary clubs of Kingston & area. Other key contributors of bridge funding were United Way KFL&A and the Community Foundation Kingston and Area (CFKA). The endowment will be hosted at CFKA.

“This unprecedented financial support for Pathways to Education alumni has touched countless lives as alumni have reached goals they might not have otherwise known to dream of. The ripple effect will continue to be cause for wonderful celebration of lives changed and new paths travelled,” said Wendy Vuyk, Interim CEO of KCHC.

KCCU to continue support of Pathways endowment fund

Kingston Community Credit Union (KCCU) has committed to backing the Pathways to Education endowment fund with a $25,000 donation annually for four years which began in 2023.

According to a release from KCCU, these funds will provide crucial support to the endowment fund, ensuring its sustainability and impact of the Facilitator of Alumni Relations role for years to come.

Photo via KCCU.

“Many thanks to the Kingston Community Credit Union for generously contributing to the Pathways to Education Kingston Fund. Through your caring and generosity, Pathways Kingston is now in a position to continue providing support for high school graduates to successfully transition to their postsecondary lives and achieve social and financial independence, contributing to the economic well-being of the Kingston community,” said Jo-Anne Brady, Fundraising Cabinet Co-Chair.

In response to Kingstonist inquiries, KCCU shared that the organization refrained from announcing this commitment, with the intention of “making a bigger splash” at the Friday luncheon.

KCCU noted that as a cooperative, it emphasizes the importance of possessing the necessary skills and knowledge to make well-informed and impactful decisions, and is dedicated to enhancing the welfare of our community and supporting initiatives that foster the growth of valuable skills.

“KCCU shares the values of KCHC and believes strongly in the educational inclusivity Pathways to Education provides. KCCU, its Board, staff and members are very proud to play a part in promoting educational opportunities for everyone in our community. It strengthens us all and is a part of the credit union’s philosophy of people helping people,” said Kingston Community Credit Union CFO David Bull.

To learn more about Pathways to Education or the endowment fund, click here.

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  • Thanks, Kingstonist, for this great story. On behalf of the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston, I add our congratulations to Pathways Kingston. We’re grateful to all the donors and to all those who worked so hard to build the endowment. As host club for the Global Grant that bridged funds to launch Pathways’ support for its alumni, we thank the participating clubs here and in India. We’ve collaborated with those clubs in their projects and they were happy to join with us in Kingston. Here’s the full list of supporting Rotary Clubs: Cataraqui-Kingston (Host), Madras (International Partner), Kingston, Napanee, Madras East, Madras Coromandel, Madras Centra, Madras Chenna Patna, and D7040 Passport. What clubs contribute was augmented by the clubs’ Rotary District Funds and by The Rotary Foundation of the international organization. All our work is through partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally and youth and education are a major focus.

    Bill Egnatoff, Acting President/President Elect, RC of Cataraqui-Kingston.

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