Carleton University’s River Building was renamed Richcraft Hall today in recognition of a donation of $3 million from the Singhal family, known for their support of numerous Ottawa projects that help young people and families.
“We are grateful to the Singhals for this generous gift and for their extensive role as community builders,” said Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte.
For more than 30 years, the Singhal family and their company, Richcraft Homes, have been active community leaders and developers. Led by Kris and Manju Singhal and their daughters Monica and Angela, Richcraft Homes has supported local health, recreation and arts initiatives. This gift is their first donation to university education.
“Richcraft is one of Ottawa’s most prominent real estate companies, and Carleton is a pillar of this city,” said Monica Singhal. “Building a great city is our passion, we could not be more excited to give people opportunity through education and this partnership.”
In addition to Richcraft Hall, a 400-seat theatre on the second floor of the building will now be known as the Singhal Family Theatre.
The donation will be placed in an endowment ensuring Carleton’s sustainability and ability to support its mission.
“For more than 30 years, Richcraft Homes has had a vision for creating a stronger, more vibrant city,” said Christopher Carruthers, chair of Carleton’s Board of Governors.
“Through development and community investment, Richcraft has worked to make Ottawa a better place to live, work and play. Now they are making a further investment—their first gift to university education, and one that will make our city a better place in which to learn.”
The Singhal family donation comes at an important time for Carleton. Leading up to the university’s 75th anniversary in 2017, Carleton has launched Collaborate: The Carleton University Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the school’s history. Currently at more than $200 million of its $300 million goal, the campaign seeks to raise further support for students, faculty and researchers contributing to the good of society, its economy and institutions, and the health and well being of people globally. With the support of the Singhal family and other philanthropists, Carleton will fulfill its founding mandate to be Here for Good and bring positive change across the globe.
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