The latest recipient of the Kevin Allen Scholarship tells us how she chose to pursue a career in fundraising.
Over the years, Parley has proudly celebrated recipients of the Kevin Allen Scholarship for Student Excellence in Fundraising. The scholarship, established in memory of passionate fundraiser Kevin Allen, is awarded to one Humber College student who embodies his generous spirit and shows great promise in the field.
This month, we spoke with the award’s latest recipient, Maggie Hutton, and learned about the reason she chose to study fundraising and what she plans to do after finishing the Humber program.
You just received the Kevin Allen Scholarship. Congratulations! How did you become interested in fundraising, and what brought you to Humber College for the Fundraising Management program?
From a young age I’ve been eager to have adventures and expand my cultural knowledge. Volunteering has helped me realize that the world outside my door needs our help. In high school I did a summer trip to Kenya to help build schools. I also had the opportunity to visit the Dominican Republic and live and work with a family who owned a small business. I also volunteered at retirement homes and soup kitchens throughout high school. These experiences taught me that being happy is the ultimate indicator of good health.
Studying global development at Queen’s University gave me the opportunity for further travel. I was able to study abroad in India, for instance, which solidified my interests. After completing my degree in 2013, I took a year off and decided to investigate programs that would help me continue my education. Fundraising was the next step; it just felt right.
Through conversations with family friends, I learned about the Humber program. One friend referred me to George Stanois at The Goldie Company, who kindly met with me and provided some good advice. Hearing my story, he encouraged me to enroll.
What’s your dream job, Maggie?
In my year off between finishing my degree and starting at Humber, I began to work at TD Canada Trust in an entry-level position. Through that work I became involved in the bank’s community relations department. I began volunteering for various campaigns and really enjoyed the work. It’s a difficult sector to enter and not always the most common choice, but my goal is to work in corporate community relations for a financial institution.
What are a few things you’ve learned at Humber that you’ll apply in your career?
My experiences at Humber—going to conferences, delivering presentations, doing projects with charities—have helped me become more comfortable and confident. There are so many passionate people in fundraising; it’s important to keep up!