Matching gifts


Depending on the matching gift program you chose to contribute to, your donation can be doubled, or in some cases, even tripled, making a significant impact on the project(s) you are passionate about.

University of Waterloo Matching Gift Programs


Senate Scholarship Funds (SSF)​

When University of Waterloo faculty and staff designate gifts to the SSF, the university also contributes, increasing the impact of undergraduate and graduate scholarships. Awards are distributed based on a student's academic merit, not financial need.

Canadian Union of Public Employees (C.U.P.E.) Local 793 Award Fund

The contribute to this fund, you must be a C.U.P.E. Local 793 union employee (or a spouse, child, or grandchild of a C.U.P.E. Local 793 union employee).

Recipients of awards are involved in community activities, have a B average or higher, and have a demonstrated financial need. The amount of each undergraduate award varies between $500 and $1,000, and the value and number of awards will increase as funds permit.

University of Waterloo Retirees' Scholarship Fund

(For University of Waterloo retirees only.)

The university will match all donations to this fund.  Undergraduate students who qualify are full-time students entering their first year who have an admission average of 80 per cent or higher, and have not been awarded a University of Waterloo scholarship or award of larger value.  Awards are based on academic merit and rotate through the faculties on a year-to-year basis.

Government of Ontario Matching Gift Programs

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

Triple the impact of your gift! The Ontario government continues to offer a 2:1 match for your donation to Ontario Graduate Scholarships. Your gift can be designated to any faculty OGS Fund. For every dollar awarded (up to $5,000 per award), the Ontario government will add twice that amount (up to $10,000 per award).

Matching gift opportunities for research partnerships and collaborations

Companies investing in the University of Waterloo  may enjoy significant matching government funding for joint university-corporate initiatives, thereby increasing the impact of their corporate dollars and the benefits to both the university and the company.

Funding program opportunities are available on the Office of Research website.


For more information on our matching gift program, contact Meghan Whitfield


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