A Day for Change:


McGill24 is all about the power of participation: when the McGill family comes together, we have a greater collective impact. The many ways in which McGill changes lives—by making a top-quality education accessible to deserving students, shaping tomorrow’s leaders and supporting research that is solving global problems—is a source of pride for us all.

Annual, flexible funding is critical to McGill’s success. These gifts go to work immediately to support the University’s most important initiatives, from scholarships to experiential learning opportunities for students. You may direct your unrestricted gift to any faculties and areas of McGill, towards any cause. What’s your cause?

Taking part in this day of giving is a way of standing up and demonstrating your pride in the values of McGill and in the powerful role it has in society. Every single gift counts, no matter what size, for as more people give, their gifts can count for more.


On March 14, your gift can have an even bigger impact, thanks to a number of challenges across the University. Here’s how they work: several generous donors, who want to encourage others to join them in supporting McGill, have agreed to “unlock” additional funds once a target number of donations is reached. For instance, a donor may propose that if at least 50 people give to a particular faculty, that donor will contribute an additional $10,000 to that area. In some cases, every new gift beyond a set threshold will release even more funds, creating a multiplier effect that can amplify your support.


Amplify the impact of your gift:

  • Are you under 35? Did you graduate in the last 10 years? If so, when you give back on March 14, we will match your donation as part of our Young Alumni challenge.
  • We will match every donation made to a Seeds of Change project on McGill’s crowdfunding platform.

Support your faculty:

Encourage fellow graduates of your faculty to join you in giving on March 14 so you can amplify the support your faculty receives!

Be proud of your region:

Represent where you live by participating in a regional challenge! For instance, if you live in the United Kingdom or Toronto, encourage your fellow classmates to join you in giving on March 14. Once your region surpasses a certain number of donations, a challenge donor will unlock even more funds for the University.

Faculty and staff:

McGill is an outstanding place to work, teach and conduct research. Represent your area of the University by participating in the Faculty & Staff challenge on March 14! Once your area has surpassed a certain number of donations, a challenge donor will unlock even more funds for the University.


Stay tuned for updates on challenges!

What is McGill24?

McGill24 is a 24-hour, digital fundraising campaign held on March 14, 2018, when alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty, and staff come together to show their pride in McGill through philanthropy. Last year, McGill24—the largest fundraiser of its kind in Canadian university history—saw thousands of McGillians unite to raise nearly $1.4 million to support the world-class education and research that defines McGill. As the McGill24 tradition continues on March 14, each gift made to the University during that one-day period will support the causes that matter to all of us and help to drive change at the University and beyond.

How can I help spread the word?

There are many wonderful ways to get involved in McGill24. Help spread the word about McGill24 by joining the online conversation.

How do I decide where to give?

McGill24 is an opportunity for the community to give back to the University in ways that are meaningful to every donor. When you give on March 14 through The McGill Fund, you provide vital support to the most immediate needs of the University. Gifts to faculties and schools provide essential support to departments, while contributions to key university priorities make a significant difference in the lives of students. To find out more, check out Where to Give. All gifts will be immediately put to work supporting the designated areas chosen by donors.

How can I give?

Gifts on McGill24 can be made using our secure online form. If you attend a McGill24-themed event on March 14, McGill volunteers will be on hand to help you make your gift. No matter how you choose to contribute, all gifts made on March 14 will be counted in the McGill24 totals.

What are McGill24-themed events?

Leading up to and on March 14, many McGill Alumni Association branches will host events in cities around the world. Check our event listings for more information, and keep your eyes open for news and updates about these exciting events!

What is TAG week?

TAG – or Thank A Giver – week is a campus-wide event preceding McGill24 that brings awareness to the tangible impact of philanthropy on McGill. “Gift tags” placed throughout the downtown and Macdonald campuses will show students, faculty and staff how a variety of resources they depend on would not exist without the generosity of donors. TAG week will highlight the importance of giving back and the impact it has on the entire McGill community.

Will 100% of my gift go to my designated area?

Yes. McGill makes it a priority to ensure that each donor’s wishes are honoured.

Is there a minimum donation amount?

All gifts, regardless of size, are important and have a meaningful effect on students, faculty and the entire McGill community.

Are gifts tax deductible?

A Canadian tax receipt is automatically generated for online gifts of all dollar amounts. Gifts sent by mail or made over the phone must be CAD$15 or more to be eligible for tax receipts in Canada. Gifts made by alumni and parents are eligible for a tax receipt from the United States.

Can I create a payroll deduction if I am a McGill employee?

Yes! You may create a payroll deduction to celebrate McGill24, and to support the University throughout the year. Please use this form to set up a payroll deduction.

I live in the UK—how can I make my gift?

The easiest and most tax-effective way to support the University if you live in the UK is through the McGill University Trust by clicking here.

I have questions, who can I contact?

McGill University Advancement: 514-398-5000 | 1-800-567-5175 | mcgill24 [at] mcgill.ca

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Last year, #McGill24 and #McGillProud were top trending hashtags on social media throughout the day of giving. Let’s go viral again this year! Sign up now for the #McGill24 Thunderclap so that on March 14, 2018, at 8:30am EDT, the #McGill24 Thunderclap will automatically be released from your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

On March 14, alumni and friends of McGill will gather in cities throughout the world to celebrate McGill24, including at these locations. Check back soon for more information about these exciting events!

Do you want to host a McGill24 event in your region or get more involved in alumni activities near you? Get in touch!

Wherever you are on March 14, you can be a part of the McGill24 celebration by making a gift to the area of the University that matters most to you.