Circle Program

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The Circle Program honours and celebrates the most generous of our annual donors.

Chancellor's Circle annual gifts of $5,000 or more
Governors' Circle annual gifts of $2,500 to $4,999
President's Circle annual gifts of $1,000 to $2,499
Leaders of Tomorrow Circle* annual gifts of $250 to $999

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

When you give to Waterloo, you:

  • encourage and reward excellence through scholarships and other financial awards
  • provide the tools for experiential and entrepreneurial approaches to teaching and learning
  • enhance the student experience through support for libraries, athletics, and student wellness
  • enable a strong sense of community through student-focused services
  • build innovative and sustainable facilities
  • help our students and faculty carry out transformational research

In recognition of your support, Circle members are invited our annual President's Reception which brings together Circle donors with senior University leaders.

Leaders of Tomorrow

By making a gift of $250 you can become a member of one of Waterloo’s prestigious recognition circles, the Leaders of Tomorrow. We acknowledge the special commitment that recent grads make with gifts of this size and are proud to offer recognition and benefits. Circle donors receive invitations to both Alumni Theatre Night and our annual President’s Reception, which brings donors together with senior leaders.

Your ongoing support

Circle donors can establish an annual award in their name, or in honour or memory of someone special (recurring gift of $2,000 or more per year for a minimum of 5 years).


Charitable tax receipts are issued for all contributions. For more information, contact Meghan Whitfield.

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