National Philanthropy Day

Beyond grateful

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November 15 is National Philanthropy Day, and we’re celebrating the many ways our donors, volunteers and partners support our campus community. Your generous support today will help prepare tomorrow’s leaders, drive disruptive innovations, and create a better world.

Thank you for your contributions to the University and Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo.



We asked donors
why they give to Waterloo.

Their answers gave us new insight on community, individual influence, and the importance of generosity.


Where you gave:


Our donors support a variety of activities, programs and achievements – like research, new building developments, and virtually every part of the student experience. Here are just some of the funds that donors give to so generously.


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Waterloo Fund

Your gifts to the Waterloo Fund benefit every student. Unrestricted funds are pooled together, allowing Waterloo to provide more responsive, flexible approaches to current or time-sensitive priorities – including student support, improved facilities, and upgrades to library resources.

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Student wellness

Mental and physical wellness is the foundation of academic and life success. Your support improves access to services and resources, so that students get the help they need when they need it most.

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Women in STEM Outreach Programs

Your gifts allow girls to meet female mentors, and see their knowledge in action through hands-on workshops. These programs are hugely popular, and your generosity helps us provide more opportunities to aspiring STEM leaders.


Girl in the library


Our libraries are an essential part of the student experience. Your gifts assist students in every stage of learning, helping to develop fundamental knowledge that will form the basis for revolutionary ideas.

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Regular physical activity improves health, the student experience and academic performance. Your gifts expand Waterloo’s recreation and wellness programs, and provide enhancements to varsity team supports.




“My dream to become an optometrist just requires a pinch more work, a touch less sleep, and the kindness of those who generously invest in students.”

Student award recipient 2019



By the numbers:


Donors gave



Total amount raised


Total raised for the campus community

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Countries where our volunteers live

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Countries where our donors live

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Volunteers who donated time to Waterloo

Volunteer Hours


Number of hours donated by volunteers

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It's awards like these that make it possible for people like to me go to school and get meaningful degrees to work on some of our world's biggest most pressing issues.

Lateisha, Student award recipient 2019

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