Dear Founder of the Scotland College of Chiropractic
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Scotland College of Chiropractic Charitable Trust, I would like to thank you for your financial commitment to the development of a principled chiropractic educational institution in Scotland. Your continued contributions are vital to growing the required capital to establish the Scotland College of Chiropractic (the College), enabling the Board to focus their attention on developing the background governance documentation, curriculum and plans for a physical location. We have a goal of opening the College in September 2019.
I acknowledge and appreciate the significance of your support for what will be in essence, our legacy project for our profession – an educational institution which will have at its core the teaching of the principles and practices of chiropractic.
It is envisaged that these communications will be more regular to our Founders to keep you as stakeholders updated as to our progress. This year has seen our Board representing our Trust at many conferences around the world, and I apologise that time constraints has meant that this feedback to you has been less frequent than I would have liked.
Fundraising to date
As mentioned, board members have travelled far and wide this past year to speak on behalf of the Trust… and to fundraise. We now have Founders from 18 countries around the world.
A huge thank-you is due to all those people and organisations who have invited me to speak and raise funds in support of the College at their events in 2017.
Dr Brad Glowaki -- Extravaganza
Dr Billy DeMoss and Mary-Jane -- CalJam
United Chiropractic Association -- Spring Conference and CE
Dr Conor Ward -- Lions of Chiropractic
Scottish Chiropractic Association -- Spring and Autumn meetings
Dr Marc Hudson & Lynn McAvenia -- ChiroEurope
Dr Tim Young -- Focus OKC
Drs Jonathan Verderame & Michael Dibley -- Axiom
Dr George Curry -- Connecticut Chiropractic Council
Dr Stuart Kelly -- Chiropractic Association of Ireland
In particular, a debt of gratitude is due to following for their huge effort in raising funds on our behalf and helping us logistically during 2017….
Dr Brad Glowaki who helped raise around $30,000 at his event
Dr Marc Hudson and Lynn McAvenia who helped raise around €5000 at their event
The International Chiropractors’ Association who donated a cheque for $5000 through their President, Dr George Curry
Sherman College of Chiropractic and Life Chiropractic College West for their financial and institutional support
The United and Scottish Chiropractic Associations for the huge number of Founders from their members
Current Projects and Plans for 2018
It is projected that the College will open its doors to an estimated 24 students in September 2019. Before then, there is a great deal of work to be done as you can no doubt imagine!
Tertiary education validation (the ability to be able to give the degree award to graduates of our programme due to educational standards being met) has started and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. It is also hoped that accreditation with the regulatory board in the UK, the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) will also be completed by then. To be able to satisfy the criteria required in both assessments, we need to provide Governance Documents (including staff, student and health and safety documentation) and a curriculum which meets the required educational and chiropractic professional standards. We also need to provide a physical location for the college by Autumn 2018 as well as recruiting a President and academic, operational and chiropractic staff members. As you can see, 2018 is going to be a very busy year for us all!
Whilst these processes are being undertaken, we still need to raise funds. It is expected that we will require around £750,000 to £1million in funds by September 2019 to be able to open our doors without any financial worries. Every donation helps! For those of you who donate monthly, thank-you! For those of you who donated in the last financial year, thank-you…. But please consider donating again! If you know someone who would like to support the project, ask them to get in touch; if you have an idea for a fundraising project for the college, please contact me and I can provide publicity material. I am also applying for education grants to assist in our project set-up. If these come to fruition, they will significantly help our fundraising efforts.
There are several ways to donate. For UK taxpayers, The Scotland College of Chiropractic Charitable Trust is a Registered Charity (SC046041) and qualifies for Gift Aid.
In the UK, you can set up a standing order to donate directly into the Trust bank account. Please contact me for more details.
In the UK or overseas, you can
donate via our online portal at BT MyDonate
For our American and Canadian friends who wish to donate over $500, please visit the CAF America site for your donation to be tax deductible.
Charity No: SC046041
2nd Annual Founders Dinner – Friday 8th June 2018 in Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Lectures conference, which is the main fundraiser for the Scotland College of Chiropractic, will be held on June 8th -10th 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. On Friday 8th June 2018, we will be holding our 2ndAnnual Founders dinner. Further information will follow but I invite you all to come and take part in an event which celebrates chiropractic and our future.
‘Courage teaches us what should be feared and what ought not to be feared. Only by taking action do we gain that knowledge. And from that knowledge comes an inner strength that inspires us to persevere in the face of great adversity – and inspires others to follow. In the most difficult of times, courage is what makes someone a leader’
-John C Maxwell
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I thank-you for taking a stand and being a leader in our chiropractic community.
I wish you a very happy, healthy and successful 2018.
Yours in Chiropractic,
Ross McDonald, DC
Chair, The Scotland College of Chiropractic Charitable Trust