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Who Gives

Alumni, parents, faculty and staff, students, foundations, businesses and friends of NSCAD University come together to make a difference in the quality of education the university provides. Alumni support is especially important to help keep the institution strong and sustainable. Participation from graduates is crucial in demonstrating support for the university, which, in turn, can be leveraged in securing additional corporate or government grants.  This kind of support can also have a positive effect on the recruitment of prospective students. 

For parents, an annual gift often acknowledges the joy of seeing their child thrive and develop as an artist and creative problem solver as a result of their NSCAD education.

For individual and corporate friends, the desire to support a nationally respected, internationally renowned visual arts university signifies the important role NSCAD plays in contributing to the province’s creative economy and culture.


Portrait of a donor: Kim Knoll

Upon meeting Kim Knoll one is immediately struck by her kind and inviting spirit. She is a giver; giving comes naturally to her and this is not surprising given her background in social work.

Kim is currently a member of the NSCAD Board of Governors and the founder of the J. Dukelow Bursary. Since 2010 the bursary has awarded more than $27,000 to 50 NSCAD students. While chatting over tea in a busy café in downtown Halifax, Kim told her story of being a donor at NSCAD University and how it has positively impacted her life.

When Kim joined NSCAD’s Board of Governors she was set on becoming involved with the scholarship committee.

“Often an art student isn’t motivated by financial payoffs; there may not be the guarantee of a high-paying job waiting for them upon graduation. The pursuit of this degree is truly a labour of love, and it takes so much focus and energy that there is little left over for part-time work. The reality is that so many highly talented students are often forced to work part time to make ends meet, thereby often sacrificing higher grades in the meantime,” she said. “This often negates their chances for scholarships. This is why we made the criteria more need-dependent than grade-dependent, higher grades don't always accurately reflect talent, often it’s reflective of life choices.”

While working on the scholarship committee, Kim recognized a need for more donors and wanted to contribute in some way, but she wasn’t sure of how. In the end she decided to hold a girls’ night with her closest friends, encouraging donations in exchange for dinner. She invited NSCAD scholarship recipients, and asked them to share stories of how the funds made a difference.

“They were such wonderful students and they moved everyone to be very generous. We had a very successful first year, and repeated it a second year.”

The next step was to create a name for the scholarship, and she decided to name it after her parents, Dr. Jim and Jean Dukelow. “I obtained my desire and my love of art from my father, and my love of friends from my mother.”

Like herself, her father loved to paint and found healing in the stroke of a brush.

“I watched the way that it (painting) altered his life; it gave him motivation and passion to move forward. Both of them suffered a great deal of illness at the end of their lives, but that also had its gifts,” said Kim. “The way my dad looked after my mother was inspiring, and through it all, his paintings gave him both relief and joy. He worked on them right up until at the end of his life, it was what motivated him to get up each morning.”

An unexpected gift from setting up the bursary has been the notes of appreciation she's received from students.

“Some have brought me to tears, and I’ve even received small gifts from people, often their own work.  One time at a donor reception this wonderful young girl came up, she handed me flowers and told me how important that support was, how it helped her through a troubled time... It was just really moving,” she said.

Kim strongly encourages donors and recipients to meet. Although there are often concerns regarding confidentiality, she says the personal connection of meeting emboldens donors to give again and to continue to follow and support artists as they begin their career. Whenever she can she tries to follow their work.

“I like to see how they’re doing, and Chris (Chris McFarlane, NSCAD Stewardship Co-ordinator) is really good with keeping me abreast of who’s having an exhibition and where and when to view it. I think that’s really important for donors to see,” said Kim.

Kim no longer holds her girls' nights, but she’s been fortunate enough to have friends who continue to give to the bursary because of the connections they made at that first dinner. She hopes that potential donors are able to see how their contributions really make a difference.

- See more at: http://nscad.ca/en/home/abouttheuniversity/news/donorprofilekimknoll.aspx#sthash.kEfXS30m.dpuf

Upon meeting Kim Knoll one is immediately struck by her kind and inviting spirit. She is a giver; giving comes naturally to her and this is not surprising given her background in social work.

Kim is currently a member of the NSCAD Board of Governors and the founder of the J. Dukelow Bursary. Since 2010 the bursary has awarded more than $27,000 to 50 NSCAD students. While chatting over tea in a busy café in downtown Halifax, Kim told her story of being a donor at NSCAD University and how it has positively impacted her life.

When Kim joined NSCAD’s Board of Governors she was set on becoming involved with the scholarship committee.

“Often an art student isn’t motivated by financial payoffs; there may not be the guarantee of a high-paying job waiting for them upon graduation. The pursuit of this degree is truly a labour of love, and it takes so much focus and energy that there is little left over for part-time work. The reality is that so many highly talented students are often forced to work part time to make ends meet, thereby often sacrificing higher grades in the meantime,” she said. “This often negates their chances for scholarships. This is why we made the criteria more need-dependent than grade-dependent, higher grades don't always accurately reflect talent, often it’s reflective of life choices.”

While working on the scholarship committee, Kim recognized a need for more donors and wanted to contribute in some way, but she wasn’t sure of how. In the end she decided to hold a girls’ night with her closest friends, encouraging donations in exchange for dinner. She invited NSCAD scholarship recipients, and asked them to share stories of how the funds made a difference.

“They were such wonderful students and they moved everyone to be very generous. We had a very successful first year, and repeated it a second year.”

The next step was to create a name for the scholarship, and she decided to name it after her parents, Dr. Jim and Jean Dukelow. “I obtained my desire and my love of art from my father, and my love of friends from my mother.”

Like herself, her father loved to paint and found healing in the stroke of a brush.

“I watched the way that it (painting) altered his life; it gave him motivation and passion to move forward. Both of them suffered a great deal of illness at the end of their lives, but that also had its gifts,” said Kim. “The way my dad looked after my mother was inspiring, and through it all, his paintings gave him both relief and joy. He worked on them right up until at the end of his life, it was what motivated him to get up each morning.”

An unexpected gift from setting up the bursary has been the notes of appreciation she's received from students.

“Some have brought me to tears, and I’ve even received small gifts from people, often their own work.  One time at a donor reception this wonderful young girl came up, she handed me flowers and told me how important that support was, how it helped her through a troubled time... It was just really moving,” she said.

Kim strongly encourages donors and recipients to meet. Although there are often concerns regarding confidentiality, she says the personal connection of meeting emboldens donors to give again and to continue to follow and support artists as they begin their career. Whenever she can she tries to follow their work.

“I like to see how they’re doing, and Chris (Chris McFarlane, NSCAD Stewardship Co-ordinator) is really good with keeping me abreast of who’s having an exhibition and where and when to view it. I think that’s really important for donors to see,” said Kim.

Kim no longer holds her girls' nights, but she’s been fortunate enough to have friends who continue to give to the bursary because of the connections they made at that first dinner. She hopes that potential donors are able to see how their contributions really make a difference.

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NSCAD donor Kim Knoll with J. Dukelow Bursary recipients Semina Baek and Oksana Atwood at the NSCAD Scholarship Reception in 2013. 
 

NSCAD donor Kim Knoll with J. Dukelow Bursary recipients Semina Baek and Oksana Atwood at the NSCAD Scholarship Reception in 2013. - See more at: http://nscad.ca/en/home/abouttheuniversity/news/donorprofilekimknoll.aspx#sthash.kEfXS30m.dpuf

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Graham-Ross
“I cannot wait to be at school this fall and grow, not only as an artist, but as a person as well. Thank you for the gift of opportunity. I will use it to the best of my human ability. This scholarship means the world to me and I will make you proud.” - Graham Ross (BFA 2019)

Lindsay-Jacquard “This award makes a difference for me both financially and emotionally. To be recognized for my accomplishments is a boost to my confidence, as a student and an artist.” - Lindsay Jacquard (BFA 2016)

NSCAD-Scholarship-57“When someone makes the choice to be an artist, it’s not easy. For a lot of people, they incur debts as students and then they graduate and find a job. But as an artist, you still might have to go through a period where you are developing a style and getting a career rolling. We want to recognize that struggle and support artists.” - Doug Pope, president of the Robert Pope Foundation

Brian-Sloan-2“While a student I was asked if I could ‘explain what is going on here.’ I thought for a moment and had no words to explain the range of experience I was receiving through NSCAD. Now, some 20 years later I still have no answer to that question but I do know that NSCAD changed my life. I hope that my little gifts of gratitude help the students of today along their chosen path of studies.” - NSCAD alumnus Brian Sloan (BFA 1993)