Donor Stories

A Legacy Story


Early in his career, beginning in the 1940s, Ivan Crawford served at Canadian University College (CUC) as dean of men and chairman of the religious studies department. His wife, Helene, was a music instructor. Later they moved to Southern California, but they didn’t forget CUC. In 1987 they endowed the Ivan and Helene Crawford Scholarship, and each year since then, it has been awarded to a deserving religious studies student.

In 1991 the Crawfords established a planned giving trust to benefit their family and two schools dear to their hearts, CUC and Spicer Memorial College, as they had also worked in India. After both Ivan and Helene passed away, surviving family saw to it that their wishes were honoured.  At CUC two education department scholarships were begun in their names.  The residual came later when CUC administrators were struggling with a $30,000 projected budget deficit.

After spending hours cutting the proposed budget as much as they possibly could, CUC management took a break, and Jerrold Ritchey, vice president for advancement, was able to glance hurriedly at his mail. In one envelope was a very substantial cheque from the trust set up by Ivan and Helene Crawford.  “It just amazed me how something God impressed a wonderful couple to plan for in 1991 came back to benefit [CUC] 19 years later just at a time when we needed it,” Jerrold observed.  The donation not only balanced the projected budget but also provided a considerable amount for CUC’s next capital building project.

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