Donate to a Mathematics Challenge Fund on November 29

Monday, November 28, 2022

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Thanks to our three Giving Tuesday Challenge Champions, you can support Mathematics students today by making a donation of any amount and becoming one of the 20 donors needed to unlock the challenge champions’ gifts.

If any of these challenges attract the most donors or raise the most money, they will unlock University-wide challenges, giving even more support to Mathematics students! So, tell your friends and colleagues and stay tuned to the Faculty’s social media accounts for our progress throughout the day.

1. Empower Waterloo mathematics and computer science students to become tomorrow’s founders and innovators by making a gift to the Math Entrepreneurship Fund and unlock $5,000 from Ian MacKinnon (BMath ’06, MMath ’08).

Your gift will help create dynamic entrepreneurship programming, including pitch competitions, hackathons, conferences, and one-on-one mentorship with industry leaders. It will help our talented students translate their ideas into world-changing new ventures.

2. Encourage discovery through curiosity by donating to the Pure Mathematics Fund and unlock $8,128 from David Ash (BMath ’87). This amount – the fourth perfect number – was inspired by the research touching on Mersenne primes that David undertook as an undergrad at Waterloo.

By supporting this fund, you will help attract, retain and educate the curious minds of brilliant young people. You will help improve and nurture creative problem-solving by fostering diversity. You will support research breakthroughs and help share the wonder of the explorations in pure mathematics.

3. Share the love of mathematics with youth by donating to the CEMC Elementary School Innovation Fund and unlock $2,000 from Mark Giesbrecht, Dean, Faculty of Mathematics and his spouse, Tian Kou.

This fund will help develop free online courseware that covers content taught in Grades 4/5/6 in ways that are accessible and engaging for these younger audiences. CEMC already offers similar courseware for students in Grades 7 to 12, and it has proven wildly successful. Your gift will help elementary school students and teachers overcome some of the learning challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whether you are inspired to make mathematics more pervasive and inclusive or want to spark curiosity or the next great advance in technology, please make a gift on November 29, 2022. Rise to the challenge in support of Waterloo Mathematics students this Giving Tuesday!

Can't wait to make your Giving Tuesday gift? Any donation you make from today on will be counted in our Giving Tuesday totals; however, only those made on November 29, 2022 will count toward our challenge