Philanthropic support is an integral and expanding part of the funding mix that supports the University of Alberta. Our donors support scholarships and bursaries, advance promising research, increase the university’s ability to recruit and retain talent, and propel the institution to achieve its goals.

In 2015–16, 18,152 donors gave $115.3 million to the U of A, the third highest total in the university's history. The university's endowment is worth $1.15 billion, which provided $35.6 million in ongoing funding in 2015-16.  

Of the $115.3 million in philanthropic support:

  • 50 per cent of gifts received will advance the research needed to tackle society's biggest challenges
  • 37 per cent of gifts will enhance academic programs, including supporting student experiential learning opportunities and student research projects 
  • four per cent was directed to capital projects and facilities
  • nine per cent supported student awards and bursaries