Donor Impact Report


"I couldn't have done it without donor support."

In the span of a year, Nicole McMillan's mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer, her dad was laid off and a wildfire devastated her hometown, Fort McMurray, Alta. But when times were tough, donors were there to help.

This year, donors came together with University of Alberta students, faculty and other partners to build a better future - a future of healthy, safe, resilient and vibrant communities.

Nicole's resilience is inspiring and is rooted in community support. Gifts to the university make success stories like hers possible. Read Nicole's story.

Thank you for making a difference!

18,583 generous donors

10,765 donors are U of A alumni

4,133 first-time donors

1 in 3 dollars of undergraduate student financial assistance provided by donors

A note of thanks

"When you play on a piano of this quality, you're not held back by the instrument." - Jacques Deprés, master pianist and U of A music professor

Students, professors and music lovers rejoiced as a new Steinway Model D concert grand piano made its debut this spring at the U of A's Convocation Hall - thanks to donors. It's an incredible learning tool for students. Watch, listen and enjoy!

Bridging a gap

Many people in our communities can't afford to go to the dentist. Some also face barriers to care like homelessness and mental illness. But thanks to ongoing donor support, 3,000 patients a year will receive dental care and U of A dentistry students will get hands-on experience at a community clinic in inner-city Edmonton.

"Working at the clinic opened my eyes to the barriers people have," says dentistry student Connor Grimes. He plans to continue giving back to this underserved community once he has his own practice. Read Connor's story.

Safety ahead

Did you know that one in five Canadians has had a sports-related concussion diagnosis? Right now, groundbreaking donor-funded research at the U of A aims to help those at risk of concussion stay safe. Just ask Megan Ogle, a grad student researching the biomechanics of head and neck injury - who also suffered a concussion while playing ringette. Read Megan's story.

From the ground up

"The tradition of Islamic gardens places an emphasis on human stewardship - our responsibility to nature and to protect the natural world." - His Highness the Aga Khan

Every gift to the U of A provides the fertile ground to help great ideas grow. The spectacular new Aga Khan Garden, Alberta will draw people from all backgrounds together in North America's largest Islamic-inspired garden - an environment where cultural acceptance and understanding take root. Take a virtual tour.

Together, donors gave $142.6M in 2017-18. Here's what you supported:

Research 36%

Donors advanced research and discovery, and helped attract talented faculty.

Programs 33%

Donors enhanced teaching, experiential learning and student research opportunities.

Facilities 19%

Donors transformed U of A campuses through new and enhanced buildings, labs, libraries and learning spaces.

Awards 12%

Donors reduced financial barriers for students and helped them achieve amazing things.

Thank you for your gift!

Together we're building a better future for our communities, country and world.

"Universities endure because of their unique role - to pursue truth, to prepare citizens and to drive change. Donors strengthen that role by helping us tackle complex problems, create stronger communities and educate the next generation so that they can build a better future."

- David H. Turpin, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Alberta