Humber College Unveils Longo Faculty of Business and Longo Centre for Entrepreneurship
Dear Humber employees,
Today, I am pleased to share with you some exciting news about a transformational gift that will impact Humber. A $5-million gift from the Longo Family Foundation will support scholarships, entrepreneurship programming and provide increased opportunities for our students to develop the skills and experience that will set them apart and guide them on the road to success.
This gift will support business and leadership education, strengthen small businesses and help build entrepreneurial skills that will contribute to stronger economies and communities.
It will also help remove barriers to education and business development through scholarships and seed funding for entrepreneurs, as well as provide critical support for mentorship, networking and skills development.
In recognition of this generosity, Humber will be naming the Longo Faculty of Business and the Longo Centre for Entrepreneurship. This is significant as it is the first time a school or faculty has been named in the college’s more than 50-year history.
The Longo Family Foundation was inspired to make this gift because they believe that Humber’s polytechnic model of education prepares graduates to get into their careers right away.
“My father started the business when he was only 22 years old, and his brothers were younger than that. They had a vision and their parents encouraged them to pursue it. Without this support and encouragement, Longo’s would never have been born,” said Anthony Longo, president and CEO, Longo’s. “For the future, we have to work together to create a positive environment where people like my father are supported and fueled to move their vision to reality. This is the formula for success and we are proud to be a part of that with this gift.”
Anthony Longo, CEO of Longo’s graduated from Humber’s Business Administration program in 1981. He has since served as Chair of Humber’s Board of Governors and as Co-Chair of the College’s first-ever fundraising campaign, Unlimited.
A small sign unveiling event was held on June 2 with the Longo Family Foundation to celebrate the occasion.
I hope you join me in welcoming this news and ongoing partnership with the Longo Family Foundation.
A media release and Humber Today story will be shared with the broader community this morning, along with an announcement in this afternoon’s Communique newsletter. I encourage you to read more about this news there.
For more information visit Longo Faculty of Business and Longo Centre for Entrepreneurship.
Please join me in welcoming this historic news at Humber.