The Changing Face of Philanthropy

April 2015

| Nadia Wendowsky, Associate Director of Development (Interim), FAES


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Philanthropy has been at the heart of Macdonald since it was founded by its most significant benefactor, Sir William Macdonald, in 1905; it remains critical to ensuring the Faculty’s ongoing success and significance.

Philanthropy enhances our ability to improve the student experience through the provision and enhancement of scholarships, bursaries, experiential learning opportunities, the establishment of new value-added programs, and the improvement of laboratories and classrooms. Donors that give to Macdonald, either by making a donation or planning a legacy gift, are an invaluable source of support working toward revitalizing education and connected learning for today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders.

Today, philanthropy as we know it is growing and transforming to include more non-traditional community-driven funding models. The impact of this support is tremendous and it can be witnessed across the campus.

Students are also finding ways to support Macdonald. The new McGill Seeds of Change crowdfunding platform introduces student-driven fundraising initiatives that are centred on rallying support from the McGill community. Since its creation in 2014, twenty projects have been successfully funded, 1,117 gifts were made totaling a remarkable $282,679 in support. Last year, our very own Macdonald Student-Run Ecological Gardens (MSEG) successfully raised over $3,000 in 30 days to build two high tunnels at the Macdonald Campus Farm, extending their growing season by two months and providing an educational tool for outreach activities. This year, the Macdonald Peer Helper Program has launched their campaign to grow and enhance peer mental health programming on campus.  Just days into the campaign, the group has raised close to $800 toward their goal of $2,500 and there are ten weeks left to reach their target.

Private support of the University by alumni, friends, corporations, foundations and others is becoming increasingly important as the commitment to research, education and learning, and community outreach continue to be a primary focus. How do you want to make a difference at Macdonald?




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