John McCall MacBain (Québec and Wadham 1980)
John and Marcy McCall MacBain at the Sheldonian Theatre

The Rhodes Trust provides the Rhodes Scholarships in partnership with the Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain and other generous benefactors.  The remarkable generosity of John and Marcy McCall MacBain was announced on 19 September 2013 to a gathering of over 500 Rhodes Scholars at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford during the 110th Rhodes Anniversary.

The McCall MacBain Foundation, a grant-making organisation established by John and Marcy McCall MacBain, has committed to a lead donation of £75 million to the Rhodes Trust. It consists of a £25 million grant, a £25 million challenge/match donation, and a future £25 million to expand the Scholarships into new geographies. The gift, the largest since the establishment of the Scholarship in 1903 enables the Trust to continue to send future global leaders to the University of Oxford.

In recognition of the transformative nature of the gift - this is the largest donation by a Canadian to scholarships - John McCall MacBain has been named a Second Century Founder of the Rhodes Trust and the Rhodes Scholarships.  He also serves as a Rhodes Trustee and member of the Rhodes Development Committee.

John McCall MacBain said: “Receiving the Rhodes Scholarship and attending Oxford were among the highlights of my life.  These Scholarships have been helping develop future leaders for over a century.  With the world facing ever-increasing challenges, the need to help develop leadership skills is more important than ever.  I hope that this gift will help secure them for another 100 years.” 

David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, said: “I welcome this donation to ensure that Rhodes Scholarships will flourish long into the future.  It is great news for the UK and our world class, higher education system that such a prestigious programme looks set to be secured for the long term.”

Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, said: “Education is essential to building a better world.  More than one thousand students from Canada alone have benefitted from Rhodes Scholarships over the decades.  It is truly heartening to know that thousands more from around the globe will enjoy the same opportunity thanks to the vision and benevolence of the McCall MacBain Foundation.”

John Hood, Chairman of the Rhodes Trust, said: “We are deeply grateful to John, Marcy and the McCall MacBain Foundation for their determined leadership in this new capital campaign to build the endowment for the Rhodes Trust.  The Rhodes Scholarships work to inspire future generations of young leaders, which does not only have a profound impact on those individual lives, but also on their communities and the wider world.”

Don Gogel, Chairman of the Development Committee for the Rhodes Scholarships, said: “This transformational gift helps develop these wonderful Scholarships, which have produced some of the 20th century’s most eminent leaders in business, politics, the arts and education.  It also enables other donors to leverage their gifts by attracting the matching money that the McCall MacBain Foundation has made available.”

Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, said: “For over a century, the Rhodes Trust has played an integral part in the life of the University.  Indeed, it is hard to imagine the one existing without the other.  I am absolutely delighted that the McCall MacBain Foundation has taken this step to ensure the future health of the Rhodes Trust with its magnificent donation.  The University will add further support and plans to work with the Trust to help it raise matching funding for the challenge posed by this grant.”

Rhodes Scholars at the Sheldonian TheatreFor the full press release which was issued in relation to this donation, please click here.

John McCall MacBain is the Founder and a Director of the McCall MacBain Foundation and its investment arm, Pamoja Capital SA.  The McCall MacBain Foundation is a grant-making organization by John and his wife, Marcy McCall MacBain.  Since 2007, the Foundation has granted over £100 million to health, education and environment projects in Canada, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.  See more at: http://www.mccallmacbain.org/.  In Canada, its grants include support for undergraduate and graduate scholarships at McGill University, funding a professorial chair in health law and policy at Dalhousie University, and multi-purpose grants to the University of British Columbia, McMaster University, St. Francis Xavier University and the University  of Waterloo.  In July 2013, it made a 56 million Rand commitment to the Mandela Rhodes Trust during their 10th Anniversary celebrations in Cape Town to support the doubling of the number of Mandela Rhodes Scholars in the next few years.  In June, 2013, it made a grant to the Pharmacy Faculty of Monash University in Melbourne for research into a solid form of Oxytocin to improve maternal outcomes for births in the developing world.

From 1987 to 2006, John McCall MacBain was the Founder, President and CEO of Trader Classified Media, the world’s leading classified advertising company.  Starting with three small publications in Montreal, he developed the classified businesses across Canada and in 20 other countries.  Trader Classifed Media owned the Trading Post titles in Australia until 2004 and the Auto Trader, AutoTrader.ca and Buy & Sell titles in most of Canada until 2006. John McCall MacBain, originally from Niagara Falls, Canada, is a Rhodes Scholar (Québec and Wadham 1980) and holds a law degree from Oxford University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, an Honours BA in Economics from McGill University, and an LLD from Dalhousie and Brock Universities in Canada.  He was President of the Students’ Society of McGill University, and valedictorian at McGill.  At Oxford, he was co-captain of the Varsity-winning ice hockey team.

Celebrations at Rhodes House

John and Marcy McCall MacBain at the Sheldonian Theatre

John and Marcy McCall MacBain at the Sheldonian Theatre

The McCall MacBain Foundation, a grant-making organisation established by John and Marcy McCall MacBain, is giving a lead donation of £75 million to the Rhodes Trust. It consists of a £25 million grant, a £25 million challenge/match donation, and a future £25 million to expand the Scholarships into new geographies. The gift, the largest since the establishment of the Scholarship in 1903, will enable the Trust to continue to send future global leaders to the University of Oxford.

Speaking to over 500 Rhodes Scholars at the 110th Anniversary of the Scholarship in Oxford today, John McCall MacBain said: “Receiving the Rhodes Scholarship and attending Oxford were among the highlights of my life.  These Scholarships have been helping develop future leaders for over a century.  With the world facing ever-increasing challenges, the need to help develop leadership skills is more important than ever.  I hope that this gift will help secure them for another 100 years.” 

David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, said: “I welcome this donation to ensure that Rhodes Scholarships will flourish long into the future.  It is great news for the UK and our world class, higher education system that such a prestigious programme looks set to be secured for the long term.”

Rhodes Scholars at the Sheldonian Theatre

Rhodes Scholars at the Sheldonian Theatre

Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, said: “Education is essential to building a better world.  More than one thousand students from Canada alone have benefitted from Rhodes Scholarships over the decades.  It is truly heartening to know that thousands more from around the globe will enjoy the same opportunity thanks to the vision and benevolence of the McCall MacBain Foundation.”

In recognition of the transformative nature of the gift - this is the largest donation by a Canadian to scholarships - John McCall MacBain will be named a Second Century Founder of the Rhodes Trust and the Rhodes Scholarships.  He also serves as a Rhodes Trustee, member of the Rhodes Development Committee and as Chair of the 110th Rhodes Anniversary.

John Hood, Chairman of the Rhodes Trust, said: “We are deeply grateful to John, Marcy and the McCall MacBain Foundation for their determined leadership in this new capital campaign to build the endowment for the Rhodes Trust.  The Rhodes Scholarships work to inspire future generations of young leaders, which does not only have a profound impact on those individual lives, but also on their communities and the wider world.”

John and Marcy McCall MacBain outside Rhodes House

John and Marcy McCall MacBain outside Rhodes House

The donation announcement comes at the same time as the Rhodes Trust publicly launches its campaign, which aims to supplement its current endowment both to support the existing Scholarships, and to plan new strategic initiatives, including deepening the Scholar experience and geographic expansion.  The Rhodes Scholarships: Campaign for the Second Centuryaims to raise £110 million.

Don Gogel, Chairman of the Development Committee for the Rhodes Scholarships, said: “This transformational gift helps develop these wonderful Scholarships, which have produced some of the 20th century’s most eminent leaders in business, politics, the arts and education.  It also enables other donors to leverage their gifts by attracting the matching money that th

Celebrations at Rhodes House

Celebrations at Rhodes House

e McCall MacBain Foundation has made available.”

Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, said: “For over a century, the Rhodes Trust has played an integral part in the life of the University.  Indeed, it is hard to imagine the one existing without the other.  I am absolutely delighted that the McCall MacBain Foundation has taken this step to ensure the future health of the Rhodes Trust with its magnificent donation.  The University will add further support and plans to work with the Trust to help it raise matching funding for the challenge posed by this grant.”

For the full press release, please click here.

- See more at: http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/news/announcement#sthash.nIxbSQaI.dpuf