Faculty & Staff Campaign

Inspire campaign banner featuring Amy Bilton and Luke Ng

Our time and talent keep our University strong. Over the years, hundreds of faculty and staff have generously shown their commitment to the Faculty not only through dedicated service, but also with financial contributions. Your support of the Inspire Campaign allows U of T Engineering to continue to prosper and grow, strengthening the outstanding education that we all work to provide our students each and every day. Your generosity inspires possibilities that are infinite.

Philanthropic contributions have an enormous impact. There are students whose dreams of an engineering education are coming true because of donor-funded scholarships. Construction of the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship is only made possible through philanthropic support. You might have a colleague who is conducting ground-breaking research or a co-worker who is getting healthy by taking advantage of programs offered by the University. As part of the U of T Engineering community, each of us has the ability and the opportunity to strengthen this great work and empower our students to soar. Your kindness inspires potential and innovation.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more details about faculty and staff giving, including areas of support, prize draw, and more.

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How to give

Monthly gifts (payroll or credit card)

The easiest and most convenient way to contribute is through monthly contributions by payroll deductions. Your contributions will continue until you choose to cancel or leave the University. The tax benefits to you are included on your annual T4 slip, and administrative costs are reduced for the Faculty, as well.  Alternatively, monthly contributions can be made on your credit card, enabling you to benefit from special benefits such as air miles or points reward programs.

One-time gift

Single gifts can be made through credit card, cheque or gift of stock. Whatever your preference, you can donate to the Inspire Campaign online, by phone (416-946-7827) or in person at your chair’s office or the Advancement Office (GB116). Your thoughtfulness inspires positive impact.


You will receive a charitable tax receipt for your generosity. As a staff/faculty donor, your name will be listed online, as well as in Skulematters magazine. All donors will be invited to a post-campaign celebration in June. All monthly donors will be automatically entered into two draws for a pair of premium seat tickets to watch a Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees baseball game.

Faculty testimonials

By contributing to the Chemical Engineering Annual Fund, I feel that I am helping to provide first-class education to our leaders of tomorrow and leading-edge research and development that will benefit all Canadians. It makes me proud to think that I play a very small role in this process. Being able to contribute via payroll deduction on a monthly basis is also very convenient — you don’t have to think about it — just sign up and let the University take care of the rest of it.

Arlene Smith, Director, Administration and Finance – Chemical Engineering

As a teacher of communication in engineering, I understand how powerfully deeds speak. That is why I donate to student groups who promote values I believe in: diversity, inclusivity, collaboration within U of T Engineering as well as meaningful outreach to the community. I am proud of the students who take part in Engineering Toastmasters, LGBTQase, Queer Sphere and the Blue and Gold. I believe that my support has not only helped them to do a marvelous job, but also enabled them to appreciate how much I care about their hopes and plans for the world they want to build in the future.

Dr. Peter Weiss, Associate Professor, Communications Coordinator: Engineering Strategies and Practice


The collective support of faculty and staff has the potential to make a big impact on the future of our programs and students. Government support, tuition and fees represent only a portion of U of T’s operating budget. The remaining sources — donations, grants, and sponsorship — are playing an increasingly important role in our Faculty’s success. For some programs, donations represent the primary source of revenue.

Your gift also signifies your endorsement of the Faculty’s mission, announcing to students, alumni, friends, corporations and foundations that U of T Engineering is an institution worthy of support and that “giving starts at home.”

As a staff or faculty member, you are a valued part of the U of T Engineering community, and when the Faculty benefits, the community benefits. Many of our faculty and staff members are also alumni, parents of engineering students, members of the local community, or students themselves, all of whom stand to benefit alongside the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. By creating opportunities for flexibility and innovation not otherwise provided by other traditional funding mechanisms, philanthropy allows Engineering to bridge gaps in scholarship and student-experience funding, provide seed funding for innovative research, and improve operations. As a result, U of T Engineering continues to be an exceptionally attractive place to work and to teach. When we continue to attract the best faculty and staff collaborators, we all benefit.

Absolutely! We have chosen to highlight the Student Experience Fund as a great way to support a variety of important programs. However, your contribution can be designated to a department, program or project of your choice. Simply note your preference on the contribution form.

Yes. Your gift can be divided between multiple designations throughout the Faculty.

Yes. Please mark the contribution form to indicate that your gift is a joint gift, and both you and your spouse will receive credit.

The campaign runs for the entire month of May. To be counted in our final participation numbers, please donate before May 31, 2017.

The Inspire Campaign supports the U of T Boundless goals. Your gift is counted toward both campaigns.

The Inspire Campaign active solicitation period runs for the month of May. During that time, faculty and staff will receive solicitation letters and emails asking for contributions. However, all faculty and staff gifts to U of T Engineering made between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017 will be included in the participation totals recognized for faculty and staff giving.

All donors: Your kindness will be recognized on the Inspire Campaign webpage, as well as in Skulematters magazine (unless you prefer otherwise).  You will also be invited to a post-campaign celebration.

Monthly donors (payroll or credit card): Those who sign up for recurring contributions are automatically entered into two prize draws; each for a pair of premium Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees tickets (August 8, 2017).

Skule™ Society: Those who donate $1,000 or more join the Skule™ Society. Members enjoy special perks such as a cannon lapel pin, name listing in Skulematters magazine, exclusive invitations and free tickets to BizSkule and Skule™ Nite.

Presidents Circle: Donors who contribute $1,827 or more join U of T’s Presidents Circle. As member, you are invited to attend special lectures and events presented including special lectures, the President’s holiday party and garden party.

Other recognition opportunities:

  • Bench/Table Sponsorship: Sponsor a table or bench for $7,500 in the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship and we’ll erect a plaque with your name on it (or honouree of your choosing).
  • Named Scholarships: You start your very own named scholarship with a pledge of $2,500 per year for five years.
  • Kings College Circle Heritage Society: Donors who plan for a gift in the future such as a bequest to U of T, are invited to the join the Kings College Circle and attend an annual recognition event.

Yes. You can choose to opt out of all recognition opportunities and keep your gift anonymous.

Contact us

For more specific questions about faculty and staff giving, contact Kristin Philpot at Kristin.philpot@ecf.utoronto.ca or 416-946-7827.