2022 Circle Program Impact Report

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As a donor to the University of Waterloo who contributed between $1,000 and $24,999 during the fiscal year (May 1 to April 30), you belong to a generous community of supporters who make a lasting impact on students' lives. Continue reading to see your impact in 2022.

Thank you for helping our students thrive.

Every day, Circle donors like you support our campus community in so many important ways — and this past year was no exception.

Last year, as our students returned to in-person studies and many continued their learning online, your financial support helped them find a sense of community and belonging, no matter what challenges they may have been facing.

Thanks to your generosity in 2022, we did even more to help students pursue learning and discovery in a safe and supportive space with enhanced access to resources for social, intellectual, spiritual and physical wellbeing. In our latest Impact Report, you’ll find a few of those success stories. As you read them, I hope you feel the gratitude of the countless students who benefitted from your gifts.

On behalf of the University, thank you for building a community that empowers each and every one of our students to achieve their highest potential.

With gratitude,

Vivek Goel, CM
President and Vice-Chancellor

The University of Waterloo champions a culture of exploration, risk-taking, entrepreneurship and leadership. This is why we are so proud to be long-term donors of the University. After moving to Waterloo in 1963, we have seen the community transform before our eyes, in large part because of the opportunities provided by the University to foster groundbreaking research, aid student success and establish new businesses. We are very proud to be a contributing factor to making this ongoing, community-wide change possible.

Rodrick and Alberta Jack, Circle donors

Impact stories

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Sharing the love of theatre with future generations

Hanna's co-op at Drayton Entertainment is funded by donors, providing hands-on experience and supporting valuable arts education.

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Supporting Indigenous studies and research at Waterloo

Circle donors help support grassroots initiatives like the Indigenous Research Guide, a project aimed at advancing Indigenous studies and research on campus.

Circle donors gave more than $3M to Waterloo in 2022

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Top 5 funds supported:

  1. Eye Institute Fund

  2. Conrad Grebel University College Annual Fund

  3. Faculty of Engineering Fund

  4. Conrad Grebel University College Student Scholarship Endowment Fund

  5. Waterloo Fund

I came to Waterloo in the 1960s and never looked back. The co-op work terms helped me gain invaluable real-life experience as an 18-year-old. It’s a big deal when you’re a first-year student and you’re given an opportunity to attend a world-class university like Waterloo. Giving back is important to me and I want to help new undergraduate students get a leg up like I did. That is why I choose to give in memory of my wife, June, who was a Warrior to the end.

Armie Francescut (BASc ’71), Circle donor

Making a difference together


One thing I always hear when I talk to Waterloo students about the support they receive from you, our generous Circle donors, is how good it feels to know their community has their back. On top of helping them manage life’s challenges, whether it’s paying the rent or taking care of their mental health, your collective generosity is confirmation that someone cares enough to help.

As a result of your kindness, countless students found the support they needed in 2022. Thank you for being part a valuable part of a community that cares.


Sara Lynn Dutra
Development Officer, Annual Giving
Circle Program

519-888-4567 ext. 41347