Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights achieves capital campaign goal: raises $151.5 million for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Monday, June 15, 2015

Winnipeg, MB – Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Friends) is pleased to announce the achievement of our capital campaign goal.

With a $1.5 million gift from The Calgary Foundation, a $1.5 million gift from The Paul Albrechtsen Foundation and a $1 million gift from the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), Friends has exceeded our capital campaign goal and raised $151.5 million in support of the creation of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR).

“I can’t thank The Calgary Foundation, The Paul Albrechtsen Foundation and LiUNA enough for supporting the Museum and helping us reach the finish line,” says Friends’ national campaign chair, Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D. “Together with more than 8,200 donors and hundreds of campaign volunteers from every region of Canada and beyond, we have been striving toward this goal for so many years and it feels incredible to finally reach it. It overwhelms me to think of all those who passionately supported this project and helped to create this spectacular and inspiring museum. My father Izzy and mother Babs would be so proud to know that Canadians didn’t hesitate to come together for a common purpose and reach for the stars to make this museum happen.”

“Canadians came together to support this incredible project, inspired by the idea of building a place that would bring people together to learn, to talk and to reflect about human rights,” said CMHR interim President and CEO Gail Stephens. “The Friends and every person or organization who gave their support have achieved something truly meaningful for our city, our province and our country.”

The capital campaign began in 2003, when Friends was formed with the purpose of securing support for the creation of a national human rights museum, the vision for which was announced by Asper’s late father, entrepreneur and philanthropist Israel (Izzy) Asper, O.C., O.M.

With the capital campaign for the building and inaugural exhibits now complete, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will continue to partner with our community to support the Museum.

“We are so pleased to continue working with the Museum to support its new and exciting initiatives. This is truly just the beginning and we look forward to continuing to see the positive impact of our donors,” says Friends CEO, Diane Boyle.

Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the non-profit organization that engages donors, so that together with the Museum, we can achieve its mandate and empower human rights champions in Canada and other countries. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a national museum dedicated to helping people understand, celebrate and promote human rights through a uniquely Canadian perspective.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Viv Draward
Director, Communications and Marketing
Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
204-289-2265
vdraward@friendsofcmhr.com