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Help us continue to make a transformative difference to our community.
Anne Cooper
Sudbury, Ontario
1 Team Member

Final Day...counting down the hours!...

Please read about why "This School Matters"...and help us out with a contribution or with spreading the word to others!

What We Do

Learning Initiative is a human resource development company that since 1995 has been operating a very special business school for adults. 

Most of the adults who come to the school are unemployed, many of whom were displaced from the workforce by changing markets and downturns in various sectors of the economy.  A number of these people face significant barriers to employment as well.  Through a comprehensive and practical business education, offered with a holistic approach to working with individuals, the school empowers these people to reinvent their lives.  Instead of being at the mercy of the economy, they learn to become self-sufficient and resilient as self employed people and as business creators.

What We've Accomplished

Since 1995, Learning Initiative has worked with people to create more than 800 businesses, building a small and micro business community and having a significant impact on our local economy. 

Even more importantly, the school has created a culture of co-operation, awareness and acceptance that encourages people to value all individuals despite differences among them, and to take responsibility for shaping their own lives and their own well-being and happiness.  In its field, Learning Initiative’s school is unparalleled in its commitment to excellence in teaching and to offering a high-calibre business education to people of all backgrounds and with all capabilities.

Please watch the video above and on the Gallery tab to hear some of our alumni and current students talk about the difference this school makes.

To find out more about Learning Initiative and the Business School, check out our website: www.learninginitiative.ca

What We're Facing

In order to continue to run the school with the richness of programming and one-on-one support that Learning Initiative currently offers we need to raise some money. 

Over the past four years, because of changes in funding formulae, ministry requirements and GST/HST regulations, there has been an increasing gap between the grants and tuition the school receives and its operating costs.  We have implemented reductions in spending wherever possible; as many people know we make do with the minimum in terms of facilities, furniture and equipment.  We have also generated additional revenues to subsidize the school. 

But now we are faced with such a gap that it will affect the core of what we offer.  We want to continue to deliver the exceptional educational experience that has transformed the lives of so many and made a difference to our community.  And so that is why we are launching our first major fund-raising campaign and alumni appeal on this crowdfunding platform.

What We Need & What You Get

We need $60,000 to bridge our funding gap and to make sure that the school can continue its work. Our timeframe to collect this money is by early May of this year. The money we raise will be spent on teacher and advisor salaries to enable us to continue to offer a wide variety of expertise, high quality classes and one-on-one tutoring and coaching.

What you get when you donate to this cause is our gratitude, public acknowledgement for yourself (and your business if you have one), the good feeling of supporting the school’s very important work, and one or more of the “Perks” listed on the right.  

We have tried to put together an assortment of appealing goodies to go along with our heartfelt thanks: a thank you on an LI art postcard, an inspirational poster (11 choices -- to view some check out the Gallery tab above), an LI T-shirt (4 design choices in 4 colours), free classes, pick-our-brain lunches, Grunt-for-a-Day (one of our staff members will do a day of work for you in your business), Think Tank business consultations and more.  And if there’s something you’d like that you don’t see in the Perks, send us an email with the level you want and tell us what you’d like.  We’re happy to customize a special perk just for you.

The Impact

The money we raise will enable the school to continue helping people who’ve lost jobs and who have barriers to employment, including those who face societal discrimination, in a way that most appropriately meets their educational and support needs. 

It’s possible to offer self employment programs and to teach business in less expensive ways, with fewer human interactions and without doing what it takes to build community.  The way we do it IS more costly.  But that's why we have had such an impact on individuals and the local community.  There are more than 800 graduates that can attest to the pivotal difference this school has made to them and the people around them because of the way we do things.  Watch our videos to hear some of them speak to this.

When you contribute to "This School Matters!" you are contributing to economic development, personal transformation and positive societal evolution.  And the contribution you make today will have a long-term effect, because you are permanently changing lives. 

Other Ways You Can Help

Spread the word and encourage people to support this cause!!!

Use the share tools on this site.  Use other social media.  Email.  Text.  Let your friends know.  Get the word out to your acquaintances.  Share your story with your family.  

Follow this campaign, and help contribute to the buzz!

Find This Campaign On
raised by 124 people in 1 month
27% funded
No time left
$60,000 CAD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on May 5, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $10CAD
    Every Little Bit Helps (L1)

    Thank you! You'll receive a Facebook acknowledgement and a thank you email.

    8 claimed
  • $25CAD
    I Support the LI School (L2)

    We appreciate your help. You will receive level 1 perks plus a personalized thank you on an LI art photo postcard

    16 claimed
  • $50CAD
    I'm Making a Difference (L3)

    Thanks for helping us to continue doing this work. You will receive level 2 perks plus you can register to attend one business or personal growth class for free

    15 claimed
  • $100CAD
    I Want to Give Back (L4)

    Thank you! Your belief in the value of this educational experience is really appreciated. You will receive level 3 perks plus your choice of either an LI T-shirt OR one of our Inspirational posters. You get to choose from 4 T shirt designs, 4 colours, 4 sizes OR from 10 poster themes.

    25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $150CAD
    I Love LI! (L5)

    And we love you! Thank you so much. Your name will be forever on our donor wall at the school. You'll also receive all level 4 perks plus promotion on our LI website and in our Welcome Kits for 2013.

    18 claimed
  • $300CAD
    Teacher's Pet (L6)

    Thanks for being here for us! Now it's our turn to be here again for you...You'll receive all level 5 perks plus a "Pick our Brain" lunch with an LI staff member (Anne, Rhonda, Marc, Darren, Andy or Aaron) -- our treat. You get to pick the staff member (out of who still has lunches available) and then we pick the downtown lunch spot.

    7 out of 30 claimed
  • $500CAD
    LI Community Builder (L7)

    With your help we can now continue to build a strong small business community. In thanks, we want to help build your business: you'll receive all level 5 perks plus your choice of either a) having the use of an LI staff member to be your "Grunt-For-A-Day" or b) free 4 or 5 part course (Sales, Bookkeeping, Psychology of Difference etc.)

    1 out of 10 claimed
  • $1,000CAD
    Economic Booster (L8)

    Wow! What a boost you are giving to the city and so many people in it! To show our gratitude we want to send a boost in your direction as well: you'll receive all level 5 perks plus your choice of either a) a customized 3 person Business Think Tank for 1.5 hrs or b) 2 free 4 or 5 part courses (Sales, Bookkeeping, Psychology of Difference etc.)

    2 out of 15 claimed
  • $1,500CAD
    New Entrepreneur Creator (L9)

    Your generosity is SO appreciated!! This could be the difference between someone launching a business, and someone launching a business successfully! We want to thank you personally by giving you all level 5 perks PLUS an additional product (LI T-shirt or Inspirational poster) PLUS a Thank You dinner chez Darren and Anne or, if you prefer, level 8 additional perks

    0 out of 5 claimed
  • $2,500CAD
    Guardian of the Future (L10)

    You're amazing! You've helped us to continue to deliver the Business Development Course, ensuring new businesses will launch with the best possible preparation and best possible chance for future growth. As a show of our gratitude, you'll receive all level 9 perks PLUS 2 years of recognition at all our events and on our website PLUS your company logo on our donor wall...forever

    0 claimed
  • $5,000CAD
    Human Potential Enhancer (L11)

    You've changed people's lives and given them the tools and support to reinvent themselves. Thank you so much! We want to recognize you! You'll receive all level 9 perks PLUS 3 years of recognition at all our events and on our website PLUS your company logo on our donor wall PLUS acknowledgement in our Thank You ad in local papers (Sudbury Star, Northern Life, Voyageur)

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $10,000CAD
    Dream Realizer and Demi-God!

    There are not enough words in the language to convey what this means to us, to the school, to all the people you've helped, to the community you've enhanced, to the world you are changing.....Thank you, thank you, thank you! You'll receive all level 9 perks PLUS 5 years of recognition at all our events and on our website PLUS a classroom named after you (or your business) PLUS acknowledgement in our Thank You ad in local papers and in the national edition of the Globe and Mail

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
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