About

University Advancement

Mission

To sustain and enhance the University’s academic mission, leadership, and worldwide impact, by engaging alumni and private sector constituents meaningfully in the mission of the University, building mutually beneficial relationships of increasing value and satisfaction over time.

Vision

To become the country’s primary destination for philanthropic, volunteer, and advancement leaders.

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The Division of University Advancement promotes and upholds the University of Toronto’s mission by engaging its worldwide community of alumni and friends in support of its top academic priorities. Our alumni are among our greatest ambassadors. There are now more than a half-million U of T graduates, achieving stellar success, pushing intellectual boundaries, and making a difference at the University, in their neighbourhoods and across the globe.

Working closely with the University’s academic leadership, its staff and students, alumni and volunteer leaders, and donors, University Advancement leads and coordinates alumni relations and fundraising efforts across the University. Our uniquely integrated structure encourages each division, department or college to bring its particular strengths and expertise to the common cause of advancing the University’s reputation as a global leader in academic research, innovation and learning across a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, sciences and the professions. Our staff aspires to the highest standards of achievement and accountability for advancement professionals.

The Boundless campaign for the University of Toronto was a transformational fundraising effort that embodied the University of Toronto’s bold vision for the future. More than 104,000 donors from nearly 100 countries came together to give an historic $2.641 billion, setting a new record for Canadian philanthropy.

This extraordinary achievement is a symbol of how the University of Toronto’s global community continues to imagine a brighter future for our city, our country and our world. From the very beginning, the Boundless campaign has benefited from the giving of a group of donors whose transformative gifts have left a lasting legacy within the University of Toronto.

Building on our success to date, we will seize on new opportunities to strengthen our role in civic and global society, provide a transformational undergraduate learning experience, pave the way for game-changing startups and new industries, drive breakthroughs in health care, and create the knowledge that illuminates humanity. Together, we can reimagine the world.