Enable our future
Until now, support from community members, along with University funding and service grants, have served as primary funding for the Institute’s $200,000 annual budget. However, our programs are expanding exponentially faster than our funding sources. We are seeking support to expand our programs to keep up with demand, but more importantly, to take the work of iSMSS to the next level – to expand our programs across Canada, to influence policy and deliver Camp fYrefly in every province and territory. Read our case for support.
We are seeking to raise $5 million to support:
- Expanding Camp fYrefly into a national program. An overwhelming number of youth are currently applying to attend. Funds would go to hire two outreach coordinators to work with the local communities to set up and operate their own camps, travel, and production and disseminate educational materials. Currently, each time a new camp is established, our two faculty members must dedicate weeks of their time to work with the community groups on the curriculum, training staff, and evaluations.
- Expanding research programs and services. Funding would support programming, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers.
- Training the next generation of researchers to focus on the intellectual sphere of ideas (the studies function) and the organic sphere of action (the service function). iSMSS will continue to recruit master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral students from across Canada and the world to explore the dynamic interactions that can be established between innovative research, policy development, community outreach, and service provision.
- Creating an endowment to partially support core operating funding. That would provide funding stability and reallocate resources to develop innovative programming.