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McMaster is bursting with potential.

The people, the ideas, the collaboration – there is amazing and endless potential emerging at Mac each and every day.
Whether you’ve kept in touch with McMaster, haven’t been connected in quite some time, or are new to the community, we want you to be a part of the exciting work happening on campus. How can you help? Keep reading...

There are many ways to support potential, now and in the future.

Legacy giving - bequests and other options - is a powerful option for supporting potential at McMaster. Our University is built on a tradition of legacy giving and we understand the true importance of donors who make those gifts. We also understand that every gift is an important personal decision.

The features on our home page this month tell the story of legacy giving at McMaster.
We invite you to be part of that story.


(To learn how to make a gift in other ways, click here.)

Learn more about Legacy Giving

McMaster started with a bequest

William McMaster immigrated to Canada from Ireland in 1833. His first job was as a dry-goods clerk in Toronto and he eventually became a successful merchant, going on to found the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. At his death in 1887, he was a wealthy man and a senator. He left a $900,000 bequest in his will to establish a university.

Today, we are a thriving institution ranked among the world's top 100 universities. Talk about unlocking potential. 

Your generosity may not create a brand new university, but it will reach McMaster's students, enrich their learning environment, and help propel them to success. 

Nursing an affection for McMaster

Clara Elman ’46 and Jean Rankin ’83 were pioneers in the nursing profession. Both blazed a trail for those who followed. Both devoted their lives to nursing education. And both made a final gesture to help others, leaving generous gifts in their wills to support nursing students at McMaster.

Read more about Clara and Jean's impact at McMaster.

Across the generations: Watching history unfold

As he entered his second year, Rotimi Fadiya (right) learned he had been awarded the Brash Academic Grant. “My first thought was, wow, someone took the initiative to support students. I’m very grateful,” says Fadiya. 

Ron Brash (1932-2006) graduated from McMaster with his BEng in 1964. As part of his estate planning, he established the Gordon and Agnes (Twambley) Brash Academic Grant in memory of his parents.

Read more about Ron's impact on Rotimi's McMaster experience.

We simply cannot do it without you!

Imagination and inspiration only become invention and impact through work – hard work, continuous work.

At McMaster, students work, class by class, assignment by assignment, building the foundations of careers and lives of citizenship. Researchers put in the work every day in the lab, testing, refining, laying the bricks of the next breakthrough. Volunteers do the work, serving communities nearby and around the world, helping our neighbours and fostering a strong and inclusive society.

McMaster’s donors work too! Every gift – your gift – provides support that unlocks potential by helping students and researchers get the resources they need to make their work possible. Whether that’s a bursary, scholarship, or faculty, program, or research resource, the support is needed and so greatly appreciated by the recipients of donor generosity.

Your gift can support your McMaster passion – your department or faculty, a team, a student service, a research priority, the library, student financial aid, or outstanding teaching.

Support your McMaster passion

Thank you!

McMaster has the best group of supporters and the most amazing community of support. 

Together, we can unlock all the amazing potential at McMaster, and we can make a difference in the world we live!

Make a gift and share with the McMaster family why you give to support them in their work.