With community support, the Centre was able to begin programming in the 2009-10 academic year. The Centre requires philanthropic support, however, to fully realize its aims and ensure long-term success. The following are just some of the Centre’s initiatives that require such support:

Teaching and Research

Producing and disseminating world-class scholarship requires world-class talent and the resources necessary to support this work. The Centre foresees a substantial endowment fund to ensure that it can fully support the existing faculty and offer special courses on Islam as well as major languages such as Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Distinguished Visitor Program

The Centre aims to sponsor visits to Carleton by national and international experts and leaders in the areas of Muslim history, art, culture, and thought, among others. Working closely with Carleton faculty and students, these distinguished visitors will spend two weeks or longer in Ottawa. They will give public lectures, serve as guest lecturers in university classes, and participate in university and community events. Creating a dedicated, endowed fund will provide annual funds with which to run this program. The Centre requires approximately $500,000 to realize this goal.

Endowment Fund

The Centre’s functioning and realization of its long-term plans and ideals requires a solid endowment fund of approximately $1,000,000. This is necessary to finance administrative support, regular and special lectures, symposia, student and scholar exchange programs, and community outreach activities. The endowment has already started with a generous donation of $30,000 by a member of the community, matched dollar-for-dollar by Carleton.

Estimated Annual Expenses
Activities Cost Examples
Any new course $6000 Introductory courses, advanced topics, languages
Lectures by distinguished speakers and academic conferences $20,000 William C. Chittick, Tariq Ramadan, Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Short visits by eminent scholars $10,000 Established and emerging scholars doing innovative research
Short courses for the public $5000 Introduction to Islam, Muslims in Canada, The History of Islam, Muslim Philosophy, Muslim Art and Architecture

All donations are tax-deductible. Large contributions receive special recognition.

For more information about donating to the Cartleton Centre for the Study of Islam, please contact:

Anastazi Krneta, Senior Development Officer, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Department of University Advancement
Carleton University
510 Robertson Hall
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 5B6

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 8187
E-mail: anastazi_krneta@carleton.ca