Annual Gifts

The University of Winnipeg Foundation

The University of Winnipeg has long been known as a post-secondary institution offering high quality education and producing excellent research and scholarship. But it is the people at UWinnipeg who have created our institution’s reputation for inclusiveness, innovation, and integrity; we are dedicated, proud, and passionate about post-secondary education and scholarship.

Every year The University of Winnipeg Foundation asks its alumni, retirees and friends for their support in keeping our reputation for excellence alive and well. The majority of gifts to UWinnipeg are small donations from alumni, retirees, parents, and friends that support student scholarships, research, and many other essential programs on campus. These gifts have a significant impact on our students, faculty, and the entire university community.

Donations can be made online through our donation page or to a special project highlighted on our crowdfunding website. The University of Winnipeg Foundation also operates a student calling program in collaboration with its direct mail efforts. 

You can help UWinnipeg students and staff change the world by choosing your area of passion and making your annual gift today.


The Student Calling Program is an important and thriving piece of The University of Winnipeg Foundation’s Annual Giving efforts. Located alongside Foundation development offices, every year the call center employs up to 20 current students who represent the diversity, talent, and lively enthusiasm unique to UWinnipeg.

Student callers are essential to maintaining strong relationships with alumni, donors and friends of UWinnipeg. Throughout the course of the year student callers spend nearly 10,000 hours on the phone and connect with more than 30,000 individuals.

Our callers provide updates on recent campus developments, share their passion for UWinnipeg, experience some amazing conversations, increase private support to UWinnipeg and thank existing donors. Students employed at the call centre gain valuable work experience with a flexible schedule that allows them to keep their studies top priority.

Above all, they understand that each and every gift to UWinnipeg truly matters—regardless of its size.

Call Center Facts:

The Student Call Center has been active since 2012 and has raised over $250,000 for academic programming and research, scholarships and bursaries, and state-of-the-art learning facilities.

Our student callers collect updated contact information to help lower mailing costs and reduce returned mail. To date, they have updated the contact information for over 10,000 UWinnipeg alumni, donors and friends.

You may be contacted up to two times a year by our student callers.

Students call Monday – Friday from 5 – 8 p.m. CST throughout the year.

Why Have I Not Recieved a Call?

You may not have received a call because we are not calling your department at this time or we do not have your correct contact information on file. If you would like to receive a call from our student callers or would like to make a gift in advance of a call, please contact Cindy Doyle, Annual Giving Officer, by email at or by phone at 204.988.7509.

Thank you to our sponsors!

The support of local businesses is helping us provide assistance to students in the form of student awards, financial aid, and program funding.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the following sponsors for helping us reach our fiscal year fundraising goals.

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Throughout the year the Annual Giving department mails solicitation letters to select alumni and friends who have not yet made a gift and/or have requested a mailout while speaking with a student caller. Our goal is to limit the costs related to these mailings, both financial and environmental, while at the same time providing our supporters every opportunity to give back.


The University of Winnipeg Foundation launched a crowdfunding site in 2015 to make it easier for people to support research, students and projects on campus. Currently, only a handful of Canadian universities have crowdfunding websites and UWinnipeg is the first in Manitoba.

An increasingly popular online fundraising tool, crowdfunding provides an innovative way to showcase projects that the public want to help fund. The Foundation’s crowdfunding site, which was developed in-house, supports projects led by members of the UWinnipeg community – promoting campus projects which will advance teaching and learning at the university and its Collegiate. Click here to see more.