About the campaign

A comprehensive campaign is a highly organized and focused fundraising initiative that spans the whole university to support the university’s highest priorities. Through this campaign, USask with the support of its donors, will be the university the world needs. The Be What the World Needs Campaign is addressing what affects all of us the most – your world now and the world that future generations will inherit.

USask has never been better equipped to tackle the world’s most complex issues – such as climate change, infectious diseases, and access to safe food and water – but we can’t do it without you. With you by our side, we can unlock the knowledge and skills needed by the next generation of leaders, for Saskatchewan, for Canada and the world of tomorrow. Together, we will be what the world needs.

USask has launched the largest campaign in Saskatchewan’s history to raise $500 million to solve the world’s greatest challenges.

Our alumni, donors, partners, faculty, staff, students, and friends are the foundation of our success. USask has never been better equipped to tackle the world’s most complex issues, but we need champions like you to make this bold vision for the future, a reality. By supporting critical research, Indigenous achievement, inspiring students and visionary spaces, you foster the future discoveries, ideas, solutions, and the people who will make the world a better place. 

The Be What the World Needs Campaign will focus on funding four priority areas that are core to everything we do: conduct critical research; support Indigenous achievement; inspire students; and create visionary new spaces.

The campaign will provide new opportunities for students and attract leading researchers in targeted areas where we excel. Through new scholarships and cultural programming, we will further promote Indigenous knowledge-keeping and create pathways to post-secondary education for more Indigenous students. We will ensure more students are supported through scholarships and receive mental health support, while providing experiential opportunities that will equip them to become tomorrow’s leaders. Our learning spaces will be reimagined for students of tomorrow, intentionally designed as collaborative gathering locations and innovation hubs with cutting-edge technology to foster creative collisions.

We call it a comprehensive campaign because it will benefit all areas, all colleges and schools, and all disciplines of the University of Saskatchewan. Every dollar donated to the university of Saskatchewan is used for your intended purpose, whether that be student scholarships and bursaries, cultural programming, critical research or enhanced campus spaces.

Every gift matters. Your donation, combined with donations from other alumni and friends, can have a profound impact. We know we are stronger when we tackle challenges together, and together we know we can achieve our vision to be the university the world needs through this ambitious $500-million campaign.

We are incredibly grateful for the operating grant we receive from the Government of Saskatchewan. However, that funding goes towards day-to-day operations of the university, everything from salaries for staff, to heating bills. Tuition, similarly, supports expenses related to the student experience. Our university needs these sources of revenues to operate.

Donations from the campaign allow us to dream bigger and provide new, previously unimagined opportunities that will inspire research breakthroughs, support students and Indigenous communities, and evolve our campus spaces.   

Every dollar of your donation is fully directed to the initiative, project or scholarship of your choosing. All donations are spent in alignment with the original purpose and intent that they were donated for.

We would be happy to send you a report to let you know the impact that you have had and provide additional details on how your donation was spent. Please contact our Advancement Office at (306) 966-5186 or email giving@usask.ca.

There are many ways to get involved. We would be happy to talk with you about a variety of opportunities for your involvement. Please contact us.

Making a donation

Making a donation to any charity is a personal choice, and we are happy to work with you to ensure that your donation is directed to an area that is important to you and makes a difference to the people who work and study at the University of Saskatchewan.

Your donation, combined with donations from other alumni and friends, can have a great impact. 

Thinking of something more specific or a larger donation? Contact us and we’d be happy to talk to you about how your gift can meet your philanthropic goals. 

The University of Saskatchewan strives to ensure that donors feel proud of their decision to support our institution. We are deeply honoured to be stewards of your investment and are committed to achieving our shared goals.

As a donor to the University of Saskatchewan, you can expect the following:

  • To receive a letter of thanks with your charitable receipt information within two weeks.
  • To be recognized appropriately for your support in a way that adheres to your stated wishes.
  • To have your personal information handled with greatest respect and confidentiality, particularly if you choose to be anonymous.
  • To receive meaningful information about the impact of your gift to the University of Saskatchewan.
  • To be informed of the way we intend to use donated resources, and of our capacity to use donations effectively for the intended purpose.
  • To be assured that your gift will be used for the purpose for which it was given.
  • To be informed of the identity of our Board of Governors, and have access to the university's most recent financial statements.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Our gift planning specialists would be happy to help you with these types of questions. Contact us at:

Phone: 1-800-699-1907 or 306-966-5186
Email:  gift.planning@usask.ca 

Contact us and we’d be happy to update or change your donation payment method.

We would be happy to send you a report to let you know the impact that you have had, and provide additional details on how your donation was spent. Please contact our Advancement Office at (306) 966-5186 or email giving@usask.ca.

Yes! When making a pledge, we record your payment schedule according to your wishes. We send you a pledge reminder before your scheduled payment is due. If we don't hear from you within 60 days we will send out a follow-up reminder. After 120 days, we will assume you would like your pledge deactivated. Please note that pledges can be reactivated at any time.

Please contact us if you have questions about your donation.

You can donate securities electronically or by re-registering the securities in the university’s name and providing us with a stock certificate.

We would be happy to discuss your gift intentions with you to determine whether we have a need for the item you are seeking to donate. The University of Saskatchewan will consider gifts of real estate, special collections, books, works of art, antiquities, equipment, and other professional services.

Some gifts will be accepted “as is” and some will be sold with the proceeds from the sale used in a manner of your choosing. Many of these items are tax deductible based on the appraised value of the gift-in-kind.

Please contact us to discuss the gifts-in-kind you would like to donate.

Tax receipting

As a donor to the University of Saskatchewan, you can expect to receive a letter of thanks with your charitable receipt information within two weeks. 

Yes it does! USask is a registered non-profit organization; therefore, any gift to the university is tax deductible. When you give, we will mail you a receipt you can use for income tax purposes.

If both you and your spouse/partner are filing claims, you can use either of your tax receipts, no matter the name on the receipt itself.

Our charitable registration number is 11927 9313 RR0001

We must abide by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) guidelines that state, "Tax-deductible gifts must be postmarked on or before December 31st of any given year to qualify for a tax-deductible receipt for that year."

Contributions to qualified Canadian charities (like accredited universities and colleges) are tax deductible if you are an alumnus or a member of your family is or was enrolled at the University of SaskatchewanIf part of your income stems from Canadian sources, and you will be filing your tax return with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), feel free to use your USask tax receipt on your claim.

It is always a good idea to check with your financial planning and legal advisors to get a complete list of your options.

For more information, please Canada Customs and Revenue Agency or contact us.

Monthly gifts by post-dated cheques, pre-authorized chequing, or credit card

Our office policy with respect to receipts of monthly paid gifts is to issue one receipt per calendar year.  This reduces administrative costs and assists our donors by eliminating the need to keep track of incoming receipts. Receipt for your total yearly gift will be forwarded to you in January of next year and each January thereafter, or in the month following your final payment.

Monthly gifts by payroll deduction

Gifts made through payroll deductions will be reflected on your T4 slip. No receipts will be issued as you can use your T4 in the same fashion as a charitable receipt. If you are making continuous gifts through payroll deductions, our records will reflect that you have made an on-going pledge to the University of Saskatchewan.

The University of Saskatchewan strives to ensure that its donor records are accurate. If the information outlining your gift is incorrect, please contact usWe would be pleased to replace your receipt.

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Update your contact information using the Update contact form

If you’d like to stop receiving the Green & White or be removed from university mailing lists, please call our office at (306) 955-5186 or email alumni.office@usask.ca.

Contact Us

Please contact us if you would like to talk to someone about giving. We will be pleased to assist you.