Donor Report 2020-21: Unlocking Limitless Potential Together

A strong foundation means a future brimming with possibility — thanks to donors like you.

Melanie Woodin.

Message From Dean Melanie Woodin

"How it started vs. how it's going." You may have come across this recent viral meme on social media, which uses two images to comment on how a person, situation or institution has changed for the better over time. What a perfect way to demonstrate how the legacy and culture of giving at the Faculty of Arts & Science — how it started, how it's going and where we’re headed — has been transformative in so many ways, and that your philanthropy has the power to change the world.

You have encouraged and allowed us to drive education and innovation forward over the years; your commitment has helped lay a strong foundation for groundbreaking innovations and student success. We are excited to continue building on our strengths at the Faculty of Arts & Science, and we could not have arrived here without your generosity and vision. I am pleased to highlight three areas in this report which illustrate the tremendous impact of donor support and the limitless possibilities ahead.

Friends of the Faculty have helped us make huge strides toward discovery and excellence since the beginning; donors like you have helped us realize so many extraordinary A&S dreams — and from this vantage point, it looks like the journey is just beginning. Thank you for your support.

Together, we raised


In 2020-21* to support academic programming, research and students in Arts & Science


donors gave


new scholarships created

1 in 5

undergraduate students are the first in their family to attend university

*Figures capture new commitments made during the period of May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021.


Bold Innovation

"The proliferation of data is changing our lives."

Sustainable Future

"If we don't take care of our planet, nothing else matters."

Equitable Cities and Societies

"A vibrant and welcoming culture of research, teaching and learning for Indigenous faculty and students that respects Indigenous ways of knowing."


Thank You!

Over the years, donors have helped the Faculty of Arts & Science achieve excellence in research and teaching, push the boundaries of knowledge and unlock the power of potential. How it started, how it's going and where we're headed — each stage highlights the impact of donor support and the strength of the Faculty, built over time through our community's collaborative efforts. Thank you for being a meaningful part of the Faculty's past, present and future.

For more information on this report or your impact, please contact:

Lanie Treen, Associate Director, Stewardship
Office of Advancement, Faculty of Arts & Science, 416-978-3482 |