Supporting students on inaugural U of T giving day

March 15, 2023 by Coby Zucker - A&S News

Arts & Science is calling on its community to support inclusive excellence as part of U of T’s inaugural Giving Day, March 28. The 24-hour event will strengthen and draw on the generosity of the community in support of vital initiatives across the Faculty of Arts & Science and U of T.

Until the end of Giving Day, U of T will match contributions up to $1,000 dollar-for-dollar while matching funds last. Donations will go toward high-priority initiatives across the University that support student wellness and success, create scholarships for students from underrepresented and equity-deserving groups and fuel diverse research on a broad range of global issues.

At Arts & Science, that includes initiatives like the Black Students' Scholarship Fund, which directly supports Black undergraduate students at A&S, and the Indigenous Students' Scholarship Fund, which directly supports Indigenous undergraduate students at A&S.

Three women students chatting in a circle outdoors
Students at the annual U of T Indigenous Graduation event on May 6, 2022. Photo: Johnny Guatto.

Giving Day is a celebration of the University’s students and researchers, whose innovative work is driving game-changing scientific discovery and promoting inclusivity in our society. Giving Day is also an opportunity for the school’s global community of alumni, friends, faculty members and staff to support this transformative work with charitable donations.

“Members of the U of T community worldwide have an unprecedented opportunity to make an impact and come together to help our students and researchers thrive,” says David Palmer, U of T’s vice-president, advancement and interim vice-president, communications. “U of T Giving Day demonstrates our shared Defy Gravity campaign values and underscores our ability to achieve incredible things, including addressing the most urgent issues of our time.

“Simply put, we thrive when we rise together.”

Giving Day works in tandem with the objectives of the Defy Gravity campaign to raise $4 billion and encourage 225,000 alumni to contribute their time and talent to the university one million times collectively.