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UA staff members

University Advancement is responsible for alumni engagement and services, fundraising for University priorities, communications that support alumni and development programs, and donor relations. These responsibilities are managed by the following units:

Office of the Vice-President

The Office of the Vice-President manages the administration and governance of UA on behalf of Vice-President Marc Weinstein. It also acts as the first point of contact for all matters requiring the Vice-President's attention or approval.


Advancement Operations


Advancement Operations provides the broad financial and administrative operations in support of University Advancement. This department is responsible for areas related to budgets and planning, donation services and compliance, human resources, knowledge and information management, facilities and general administrative functions.


Alumni Relations and Annual Giving


The Alumni Relations and Annual Giving unit builds lifelong engagement among alumni, students and friends of McGill. The unit fosters annual support for the University through The McGill Fund, hosts hundreds of events around the world featuring campus researchers and dignitaries, and is the primary liaison with the McGill Alumni Association and its extensive network of volunteers who act as McGill’s ambassadors worldwide. It also provides alumni and students with a range of programs and benefits that include networking and career services, educational travel, and group rates on exclusive services.




UA Communications is responsible for creating a wide variety of print and digital publications and content, including the McGill News alumni magazine, alumni and campaign websites, stewardship communications,advertising, digital communications and social media. It provides marketing and communications support to UA’s alumni and fundraising initiatives and coordinates overall strategic communications with graduates and donors.


UA Development


UA Development units include teams working across the University’s faculties and central Advancement offices to lead strategic planning and front-line fundraising efforts in support of major and special gifts. These teams include Development Programs, Bequests and Planned Gifts, Primary Gifts, Campaign Planning and Strategic Initiatives. Together they are engaged in developing a community of donors who will make significant philanthropic contributions to McGill’s academic mission and priorities.


Donor and Volunteer Engagement


Donor Relations provides stewardship for McGill donors, ensuring that the integrity of donors' interests is maintained after a gift is made, and works on gift agreements and financial reporting. The Volunteer Partnerships unit promotes volunteers as integral members of the McGill community, provides consulting services on volunteers to faculties for Faculty Advisory Boards, and offers support to key University-wide volunteer structures such as the President's International Advisory Board.

View the University Advancement organizational chart


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