Our ability to bring our students the most diverse, ground-breaking information and experiences depends upon the incredible generosity of our alumni, friends and partners.

Alumni & Friends

As a McGill Arts Graduate, you are a member of a network of over 70,000 alumni based in more than 180 countries around the world. We encourage our alumni to stay connected to the University and to fellow grads, through services like McGillConnect. The McGill Alumni Association also offers graduates the opportunity to participate in events throughout the year. Whether you are seeking career connections, volunteer opportunities or ways to give back, there are many ways to get involved. 

Ways to give

Every year, tens of thousands of alumni give back through various giving programs, supporting young innovators, campus and community outreach, and international opportunities for students.

Annual gifts

Many friends and alumni renew their support of the Faculty of Arts on a yearly basis. The main recipient of annual gifts is the Dean of Arts Development Fund. These funds are allocated at the Dean’s discretion to support faculty projects, as well as undergraduate and graduate learning.

When making a gift online or by cheque, please be sure to indicate the Faculty of Arts as the recipient. If you would prefer your gift be used to support a specific department or initiative, please be sure to communicate this as well.

For more information please visit the Arts University Advancement website or call 514-398-7204.

Major gifts

Major gifts ($100K - $1M) and primary gifts ($1M+) represent large-scale investments in the Faculty of Arts and often endow a program or centre in perpetuity. Major and primary gifts have helped to build teaching and research facilities, attract outstanding professors, and support students through scholarships.

Similarly, special gifts are larger contributions that focus on a particular area of support. By making a pledge over a number of years, or pooling all support into one type of gift, alumni and friends can make an impact on research projects, buy valuable equipment, and create student prizes and travel bursaries.

For more information please visit the Arts University Advancement website or call 514-398-6590.

Planned giving

McGill University owes its existence to the foresight of a generous planned gift. The university was founded in 1821 with a bequest from the estate of Scottish-born Montreal merchant James McGill. McGill has since grown from a small college to one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, thanks to the extraordinary legacy of many generations of supporters. A planned gift can help you achieve your tax and financial goals, as well as your philanthropic goals, and it can help you make a much larger gift than otherwise possible. Your gift can provide direct funding, or it can establish an endowment for the faculty, school, or department of your choice. You may also make your gift in honour or in memory of a special person in your life. With a little planning, you can create a truly lasting legacy for generations to come. (The information presented here is of a general nature and is not intended to constitute advice to any particular person.)

For more information, please email donna.henchey [at] mcgill.ca (Donna Henchey) or call 514-398-3559.

Individual departments

If you would like to give to an individual department within the Faculty of Arts, please contact the department directly to discuss your options for giving. A directory of the Arts departments can be found here.

Where to give

Dean of Arts Development Fund

The DADF provides essential funding for programs such as research internships, department and student-run events, field and archival research projects, and student publications. By supporting the DADF, you provide opportunities to transform the university experience by taking learning beyond the lecture hall.

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Arts Internship Fund

Internships are an integral part of undergraduate programs, allowing students to gain practical experience and apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. The Faculty of Arts stands alone nationally in the scope of services available to students before, during, and after their internship. Donations to the Arts Internship Fund help to support and improve the quality of students' internship experiences.

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Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Awards

The ARIA supports undergraduate students who want to conduct research during the summer under the supervision of a faculty member. The program gives undergraduate students a unique opportunity to participate in the kind of research typically reserved for graduate students, enriching their education and personal growth. Make your commitment to help McGill equip students with the tools they need to make meaningful contributions to their communities, their professions, and the world around them.

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SSAO (Arts Bursary Fund)

Today's students face rising costs and often require advanced degrees to reach their career objectives, while at the same time global competition for the very best students is at an all-time high. The University's vision of the future is one where no qualified student will be prevented from studying at McGill due to financial constraints. From undergraduate entrance bursaries and in-course scholarships to graduate and postdoctoral fellowships, student awards ensure that all deserving students benefit from a McGill education.

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Arts Advising Fund

To ensure students’ successful integration into campus life, an effective and well-staffed student advising program is vital. The Arts Office of Advising and Student Information Services (OASIS) fulfills this need. Advisors are a crucial resource for students to guide them through difficult periods and prepare them for the job market. Donations to the Arts Advising Fund will help improve the functionality and continued utility of Arts OASIS.

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Moyse Hall Theatre Campaign

The Moyse Hall Theatre Campaign helps support the refurbishment of Moyse Hall, ensuring the beautiful space continues to be used and enjoyed for generations to come.

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Social Work

The support of alumni and donors strengthens the McGill School of Social Work and deepens the impact the School has on students, in the community, and internationally. Today, alumni and donor support continues to be an essential source of funding for the School of Social Work. Each year, alumni and donors provide over $100,000 donation-funded awards, prizes, and bursaries to deserving student and candidates.

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Information Studies

At the School of Information Studies, gifts from alumni and friends provide invaluable support for scholarships and student aid, equipment, infrastructure, research projects, and program development. With the help of donors, the School continues to offer students the support they need to make their own mark in history.

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Religious Studies

McGill’s School of Religious Studies is one of North America’s leading centres for the academic study of world religions and cultures. Philanthropy allows the School to train and support the next generation of young leaders, providing them with an open and informed view on essential issues of faith, tolerance, and cultural difference. Donations to the School have for years fortified teaching, research, scholarly collaboration, and outreach related to the study of comparative religion and interfaith dialogue.

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