Why I Donate to Loran
Anthony Hope (’15)
As a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Toronto, my pride as a Canadian citizen has been reinforced ten-fold. Those who are fortunate to call this country home have near limitless potential to self-actualize the future they seek to have. Nowhere is this clearer than among our Canadian youth, whose optimism for the future seems to have no end. On campus and off, I have seen young leaders mobilizing for the rights of minorities and the underprivileged. I have witnessed students get political, be vocal and remain persistent about enacting the necessary changes to ensure all have equal access to opportunity. Among these young leaders are many Loran Scholars.
The Loran Scholars Foundation does an excellent job of selecting those who demonstrate optimism and enthusiasm for positive change and who have demonstrated a commitment to serving others before themselves. It encourages risk-taking, with the understanding that complacency and ‘safe’ are simply not enough. It imbues a sense of responsibility within the scholar community to do good, but leaves the door open for what ‘doing good’ means. Above all, it encourages thoughtful reflection and encourages scholars to act with intentionality and integrity in everything they do.
I have benefited first-hand from the transformative experience the Loran Award provides. As a 2015 Loran Scholar, I have been pushed out of my comfort zone countless times. I have been challenged along many dimensions and have seen tremendous self-growth along the way. Most importantly, I have been encouraged to define my own leadership style and take advantage of opportunities that will allow me to develop and flourish as a young leader.
The Loran Award is more than a scholarship. It is an intensive and well-rounded program that is as challenging as it is rewarding. The foundation itself is an incubator for young Canadian leaders. I am encouraged by its past work and its bright future, and I can’t wait to see what leaders emerge from the program. I am, and will remain, optimistic about the future of our country and the world.
Because of this, I am proud to be a #LoranDonor.
Adam Fearnall (’08)
I donate to Loran because I believe in supporting young leaders to achieve what matters most to them.
This hasn’t always been my reason for giving to Loran. When I first started giving I was recognizing a general sense of responsibility and gratitude for Loran’s contribution to my life. I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about how the organization was contributing to the world beyond the experience that I remembered from my undergraduate years. But since joining the staff team it has become more important for me to understand how the organization is advancing a vision of the world that I believe in.
That’s why I’ve come to understand that my motivation comes from the part of me that remembers what it was like to be a young person drawn to leadership at an early age. I believe that young people are leading in ways that our communities need. I keep giving because Loran is committed to learning about how to support young people to grow their impact today and into the future.
A note from Adam:
I started as the Manager of Alumni Relations and Development at the beginning of January and ever since, I’ve been challenged to understand what charitable giving is. That challenge, self-imposed at first, is taking me through a series of thoughts that range from the role of philanthropy in the world to my own relatively small contributions to organizations that I care about. I never expected to find myself in a job that so directly involves fundraising, but I’m here and I’m asking a new question about it everyday.
Meghan Moore, our CEO and fellow alum, made a comment that gave me a new Loran-specific question to consider. She said, (and I’m paraphrasing), “Loran is all about the ‘why’ and the ‘motivation’ behind our actions, that’s what we’re always looking for.”
As our conversation continued I found myself wondering, “What motivates alumni to donate to Loran and why do they keep doing it?” I thought about how my Loran friends might answer. I thought about how they might point to what they value most, how they want Loran to change, and what they’re most proud of the organization for achieving. I started to get excited about hearing the answers and about how the organization might learn from them.
That’s why we’re asking our alumni volunteers to include this question in the conversations that they’re having with alumni as we remind you to contribute to this year’s fundraising campaign.
As we reach out to you over the remainder of the alumni campaign, we encourage you to share your answer to this question. Or, if you’d rather, click here to send us your answer electronically; with your permission, we’ll share some of your answers as they arrive