One year ago today, UTS launched the Building the Future campaign, a $60 million initiative to transform our historic home into a 21st-century learning environment and secure the future of UTS for generations to come. 365 days later, we have come so far, with $51 million raised towards our goal.
This success is a tribute to the generosity of our entire community. Alumni, staff, parents, friends of the school and more have contributed, reflecting the collective spirit that defines UTS.
Revisit our incredible history at UTS as we build its future
with this video that premiered at the launch of the Building the Future campaign.
One of the most notable successes of the Building the Future campaign has been the commitment of our staff. Within the first few days of the campaign, 100% of UTS staff had made their donations.
The dedication and talents of our staff have always been a defining feature of UTS. I am so grateful to this incredible group of professionals for investing in the educational opportunities that our revitalized school building will provide for students.
UTS parents trust the school to provide exceptional learning experiences for their children. They see the potential of our students to achieve their dreams and make a meaningful difference locally, nationally and globally as the leaders of tomorrow. Passionate about their children and the school, they are pillars of the UTS community.
In the past year, UTS parents have also been integral to the success of Building the Future. From the BTF Parent Challenge in the spring of 2018 to generous donations made throughout the year, parents have made more than 400 gifts to the campaign totaling more than $660,000!
In addition, the UTS Parents’ Association (UTSPA) has been an active champion of Building the Future, including a $25,000 gift matching initiative that was achieved in May.
Thank you to current parents and parents of alumni for their past, present and future support of a campaign that will lead to the enrichment of the educational experience children receive at UTS.
“With all that the school has given to our two children, our contribution is the least we can do to make the same opportunities available to future generations.”– Colette Leger, P ’15, ’18
Alumni Giving Back
For generations of UTS alumni, the school was a springboard to success. And alumni continue to pay it forward with their support of the Building the Future campaign.
Alumni have donated an impressive $41.4 million to the campaign, through individual donations and group projects. The generosity of our alumni is matched only by their creativity in inspiring their classmates to participate. Graduating classes, ranging from 1956 to 2014, have organized group projects, while several students of the late teacher and hockey coach Bruce MacLean joined together to make him an official Building the FutureFounder.
The UTS Alumni Association (UTSAA) also got into the giving spirit with a $500,000 match project, which raised more than $800,000 from alumni all over the world.
The Impact You Make
Though the revitalized UTS building will not be complete for some time, donations to the Building the Future campaign are already making an impact on our school. In September, students and staff began a new school year at 30 Humbert Street, the temporary location of UTS during construction. Approximately $1.5 million of the funds raised through the campaign were used to upgrade our temporary home to meet the needs of our students.
A 30 Humbert Street science lab before (left) and after equipment upgrades.
Your generosity has ensured that the high quality of a UTS education continues during this transformational period in our history. And with your continuing support of the Building the Future campaign, our renewed building at 371 Bloor Street will be even better equipped to help students achieve their full potential.
One month into the new school year at the temporary home of UTS, our students, staff and community have made 30 Humbert Street feel like home. The beginning of construction at 371 Bloor Street, meanwhile, is just around the corner.
When we break ground, we’ll be taking the first step toward realizing the vision of Don Schmitt ’70 and his team at Diamond Schmitt Architects (DSAI) and the revitalization of UTS.