Campus Campaign

The University of Winnipeg Foundation


Thank you to everyone who has donated as part of the 2019 Campus Campaign! This year, 210 faculty, staff, retirees, and other close friends of The University participated. Thanks to your generous support we raised an admirable $638,333. The 2020 campaign has already begun; we look forward to your continued support.

For inspiration on why to give, please see this interview with Catherine Hunter!

Have further questions? Please see our list of frequently asked questions, or contact Jessica Bowman at

What Is The Campus Campaign?

The Campus Campaign is The University of Winnipeg’s annual internal fundraising campaign. It runs from January 1 through December 31 each year. All gifts and pledges made during this time will be counted towards the Campaign for that year, as well as balances on continuing pledges at January 1.

Donors can designate their gifts in support of any area of need, including research and program enrichment, student awards, and other special projects on campus.

The Foundation facilitates efforts to engage all members of our campus community, including:

•          Faculty, staff, senior administration, and affiliated employees;

•          Retirees;

•          Members of the Board of Regents;

•          Foundation staff and Board Members;

•          Members of The University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation Board;

•          Former UWSA Presidents, Senior Sticks, and Lady Sticks;

•          Honorary Doctors, Fellows of United College, Fellows of The University of Winnipeg, and Distinguished Alumni.

2015 Campus Campaign Celebration

Many people on campus have several roles within our University community, and this is taken into consideration for the Campus Campaign. For example, a gift made by a member of staff who is also on the Board of Regents will count towards participation for both staff and the Board of Regents!

Why Give? 

You have a special connection to our students and University and so have witnessed the power of education to enrich lives, revitalize communities, and effect positive change.

Your financial support gives UWinnipeg students, faculty, and staff the resources needed to harness this power and to build a brighter future for everyone through excellence and innovation in programming, research, and community engagement. 

Make An Impact

The 2020 Campus Campaign is well underway, and your support helps The University of Winnipeg remain a leader in community learning and providing access to education. Please consider making a gift to one of the following President's Priorities for 2020:

The Opportunity Fund

The Opportunity Fund provides hundreds of students each year with funding essential to the pursuit of their educational and career goals. It was created to make it possible for youth to dream big. The fund provides assistance to those who face financial barriers that may otherwise prevent them from attending university.

Library Upgrade and Expansion

The UWinnipeg “Library in the Sky” has served the campus for over 40 years. During this time, the building has aged, the student population has quadrupled, and the digital age has significantly changed the course of pedagogy, research, and library practice. The path toward library renewal began in 2015 when Dr. Annette Trimbee called upon the UW community to “ensure that our library, as the heart and soul of our academy, continues to be a hub for research, collaboration, and learning.”

The campus echoed this intention in both the Integrated Academic & Research Plan (IARP) and Asset & Campus Enhancement (ACE) consultations. In late 2017, a small team was formed to explore approaches to defining a vision and pathway forward for a UWinnipeg Library of the 21st Century.

The goal is to create a learning commons with enhanced space that preserves collections of all kinds, including archival space for the University’s Gallery 1C03, Archeology and United Church archives. Library redevelopment would include consideration for social sharing space, community space, support for faculty, a knowledge repository for faculty output, visual impact, and the ability to preserve materials in a responsible way.

There is also a need to improve safety and address the lack of physical accessibility. Repairs and maintenance issues are also significant.

Work-Integrated Learning

Work-integrated learning builds workforce capabilities, as well as the skills and individual prospects of students as members of the community and  Canada’s labour force.

In an interconnected global economy, a diverse, well-educated, and highly skilled workforce is critical not only to innovation, productivity, and economic growth, but also to maximizing human potential. Work-integrated learning is strongly endorsed by universities as well as employers and community partners as an important component of the overall student experience. Many UWinnipeg students take part in co-op programs, internships, field placements, or some other form of experiential learning or “work-integrated learning”. Our goal is to expand students’ access to experiential opportunities by offering new programs within a variety of departments.

How Do I Become Involved?

By making a gift or pledge

All gifts are tax deductible. For more information about the tax advantages of charitable giving, click here [PDF]

If you would like to discuss your donation, please contact Brian Daly, President and CEO, by email at or by phone at 204.786.9993. 

By establishing a fund

Many donors choose to establish a fund with the Foundation, in honour or memory of a loved one, as a family legacy, or in celebration of an achievement. While these funds are often for student awards, donors may wish to support other initiatives on campus including research, experiential learning opportunities, and community outreach. Donors are actively engaged in the process, so as to reflect their values and interests.

If you are interested in establishing a fund with The University of Winnipeg Foundation, please contact Jolene Deere, Donor Stewardship Assistant, by email at or by phone at 204.786.9999. To discuss Planned Giving, please contact Bunny Gutnik, Planned Giving Officer, by email at or by phone at 204.789.1471.

By highlighting the Campus Campaign at your next meeting

If you are passionate about supporting UWinnipeg, spread the word; encourage your colleagues to become involved and make giving a team endeavour!
Foundation staff are happy to participate in departmental meetings. These occasions are great opportunities to learn more about how the Foundation can support your department and students, to discuss any questions that you may have, and to consider new ways of showing your support.

If you would like a Foundation representative to speak at your next departmental meeting, please contact Jessica Bowman at We look forward to meeting you!  

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Thank You For Your Support!