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Message from CPSA Past President

Richard Johnston

Presidential Matching Donation Campaign

By now, most members should be aware that CPSA is in an active fundraising mode. President Genevieve Fuji Johnson has reached out to the general membership as well as made a more focused appeal to department chairs. I have offered to say a few words about an important element in the drive, matching donations by CPSA Past Presidents.
First, a few words about the financial challenges facing the Association. Revenues for all scholarly journals, including CJPS, have destabilized in recent years and the shift to open access has only made things worse. The cancellation of three consecutive in-person conferences was a major hit to the Association’s income. The pandemic also imposed other unrecoverable administrative expenses. The current leadership has taken drastic steps to balance the books. But the cutbacks hinder the ability of the Association to serve its members, especially the smaller institutions, and to represent our interests in Ottawa. If we are to come out of this with a more resilient organization, we need to explore new funding models. Among these is a strengthened endowment.
The idea for the matching fund originates with Jill Vickers. Jill challenged the rest of the Past Presidents to put their money where their mouths are. The initial response was remarkable. The donors span 35 years of the Association’s recent history and the total of pledges so far is about $29,000. Some have made substantial ($1000 or more) upfront donations to the CPSA Innovation fund. Others have made pledges for similar amounts but on a contingent basis. The contingent donors hope ultimately to fulfill their full pledge. But in the interim the percentage they donate will be proportional to how close donations from the rest of the membership come to the target of donations and pledges set by the Past Presidents as group. As I write, donations from the general membership have reached about 40% of the target. That’s a lot of money just to leave on the table!
The original deadline for the calculation was 31 December 2023. We have extended our commitment for another year. Some of us are making interim donations to reflect the success of the campaign so far. But there is still a considerable distance to go. It is still true that each dollar you donate will be matched. Unlock that matching by making a donation HERE.
Richard Johnston, UBC
CPSA President 2007-08


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