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Parkland Institute receives $1-million endowment gift

The University of Alberta-based Parkland Institute has received a $1 million gift to its endowment fund from an Alberta donor who asked to remain anonymous. The province-wide public policy research centre will use the donation to bolster its current endowment fund to support ongoing research and education programming.

"Parkland Institute is grateful for the trust put in us by the donor," says Parkland Institute Director Trevor Harrison. "It reflects Parkland's growing reputation as one of Alberta's and Canada's leading research institutes."

The institute, which accepts no government or corporate funding, will receive approximately $40,000 annually in perpetuity from the additional endowment principal starting next spring. This is the second major endowment gift Parkland Institute has received since its founding in 1996.

"This additional funding will ensure the stability necessary to Parkland’s ongoing research and programming and more generally provide assurance to our other supporters that we will continue to contribute to informed debate, government accountability, and strengthened democracy in Alberta," says Harrison.

"Researchers across the Faculty of Arts serve the public good by pushing the boundaries of thinking, dialogue, and action on the most pressing societal issues," says Faculty of Arts Dean Lesley Cormack. "The Parkland Institute is critically important to our faculty and to Alberta, delivering high quality research, as well as sharing the findings broadly with the government, the media and the general public. This generous gift is a testament to the value Albertans place on Parkland’s role in enriching the public discourse in Alberta and beyond."

Parkland Institute is a non-partisan public policy research institute in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.

For more information or to arrange interviews:

Scott Harris
Communications Coordinator
Tel. 780-492-8558 | Cell. 780-710-2025
sgharris@ualberta.ca

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