Donor Impact Report


Your generosity lifts people up

When you gave to the University of Alberta, you became part of a community of donors whose generosity reaches beyond students, faculty and campus to touch the lives of countless others. This year you helped give hope, strengthen communities, save lives and shape the future.

Thank you — your gift makes more possible.


Hearts Ascending

Baby Jake had a potentially fatal heart condition. Today, he and his mom are thriving thanks to the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI), which received the largest gift in UAlberta history from the Stollery Children’s and Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundations.


Cost per year to Alberta’s health system to care for preterm infants, a cost WCHRI research helps reduce


Total number of research projects supported by WCHRI expertise and services between 2006 and 2017


WCHRI is the only research institute in Canada to focus exclusively on women’s, children’s and perinatal health


Launching Leaders

Thanks to hundreds of donors, a UAlberta student-led team designed and built Alberta’s first satellite, which launched April 18, 2017. Ex-Alta 1 creates opportunities for students, supports global space research and lays the groundwork for an Alberta aerospace industry.


Home Is Where the Art Is

A Community-Service Learning project made possible by philanthropy helped young newcomers to Canada — like Roaa Sharaf (left) and Moataz Aloklah — feel less like strangers and more, well, at home.


Hours of Community-Service Learning student placements in 2016-17


Community partners that provide opportunities for students each year


Students who said their experience helped them understand social change


Pathways to Possibility

The new Pathways program at Augustana Campus is part of an increasing UAlberta effort to remove barriers facing Indigenous students and help them become leaders. Pathways students do hands-on research with organizations in their home communities.


High Impact

Brody Clarke took a leap when he left Toronto to come to UAlberta. Donor-funded scholarships helped the Academic All-Canadian Golden Bears basketball player focus on his studies and be a role model for teammates.


Number of students helped by donors in 2015-16 (most recent data available)

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Dollars of undergraduate student financial assistance provided by donors


Academic All-Canadian student-athletes at UAlberta, the highest in Canada