Annual giving

The University of Waterloo is grateful to all its annual donors

When we talk with alumni, they're eager to share stories of their time at Waterloo. They have great things to say about the quality of their education, the value of their Waterloo degree, and the ‘extras’ that made their student experience special. Extras like receiving a much-needed bursary, or the chance to play a varsity sport while working toward their degree, or the once-in-lifetime opportunity to complete a co-op work term halfway around the world. Those are just some of the things made possible by gifts from our generous annual donors.

Why make an annual gift?

Annual gifts to Waterloo help bridge the gap between the real cost of educating our students and the financial support we receive from tuition fees, government funding, and research grants. These gifts provide our institution’s leaders with the flexibility to address confirmed priorities and respond to emerging opportunities, helping us move closer to our goal of becoming one of the top innovation universities in the world. 

What do annual gifts support?

  • student scholarships and awards
  • student wellness
  • campus accessibility
  • priorities of our faculties, schools, and affiliated and federated institutions
  • co-op education
  • resources such as libraries and classroom equipment
  • athletics
  • new buildings and improvements
  • research projects

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Your gift can be directed to a faculty, one of the Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo, a school, or a program or area of special significance to you. Or you can leave it up to us to decide where your gift is needed most. Whichever you choose, your generosity will have an immediate and meaningful impact on our students, faculty, and researchers. Please make your gift today.

Circle Program

Our Circle Program honours our distinguished loyal donors who, year after year, make gifts to support Waterloo.

  • Chancellor’s Circle – giving of $5,000 and above
  • Governor’s Circle – giving of $2,500 to $4,999
  • President’s Circle – giving of $1,000 to $2,499
  • Leaders of Tomorrow* – giving of $250 to $999

*Waterloo alumni who make annual gifts and received their last University of Waterloo degree in the past 10 years.


For more information, contact Meghan Whitfield.

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"Your gifts have enabled me to discover all that is wonderful about this great institution. As an undergrad student I was excited and inspired to learn from the amazing faculty here. And I know that my time at Waterloo has prepared me with the tools and skills necessary to begin my professional career.”

Jenifer Sibdhannie, Arts & Business Class of 2015

Did you know the First Time Donor's Super Credit adds 25 percentage points to the federal charitable tax credit for eligible donors?

Find out how you can maximize the impact of your donation through Waterloo's matching gift program.