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Your impact at McMaster in 2018 was REMARKABLE!

Over 7,400 people made gifts below 25,000 this year totalling over $2.5M. Thank you for making McMaster University a place of excellence.

See where you and the other 7,500 donors directed their philanthropy...

Student Financial Aid

In 2018, 44% of you supported students in need allowing them to accomplish things they never thought possible. Read about the impact your gift had on their lives.


This year, we invited you along to explore the beauty of our campus with the Doors Open initiative. 

These featured campus locations not only serve to enrich the student experience, they are a reminder of the impact you, our donors, have on McMaster.

Check out a few of these great sites below.


McMaster’s researchers have achieved extraordinary success over the years thanks to your support. Read about some of the projects currently underway leading the path to a Brighter World


McMaster student-athletes were able to push themselves beyond their personal limits and represent our school with class thanks to your generous support. Special nod to Women's Basketball student-athlete Linnaea Harper, Head Coach Theresa Burns and the entire team on their first ever USports National Championship in school history.

Check out some of the cool projects we did this year!

Spot the Senator

On November 15th, as part of the National Philanthropy Day 2018, we launched “Spot the Senator”. This is a Where’s Waldo type of game based on McMaster artifacts like the Senator and other donor-funded tools and resources.

We used this opportunity to educate the entire McMaster community on the impact donors such as yourself have on the McMaster community.

If you missed it, click here to play!

One Donor. One Gift. Infinite Impact

Our December Campaign raised over $500,000 from 1,132 extremely generous donors! These gifts will go on to have infinite impact on the entire McMaster community.

Click here to learn more about the campaign.

A moment to highlight the ones that made it possible; YOU

This year, we had 7451 donors (under $25,000) for a total of $2,503,477. Every gift, no matter how small, can go on to instigate powerful changes at McMaster. Here we highlight some of the stories of our donors.

A helping hand from Manitoba

Home grown in Dundas, Rosanne Gasse specialized in medieval literature and received her honours BA, master’s and PhD from McMaster. She accepted a faculty position at Brandon University in Manitoba, but never lost her love for Mac.

Ever since the financial support she received as a student, Gasse has always wanted to pay it forward. She established the Don and Lois Gasse Memorial Entrance Bursary in memory of her parents, both of whom strongly believed in the importance of education.

The bursary will support students entering Level I in the Faculty of Humanities who demonstrate financial need, with preference to Indigenous students.

“Knowing someone is on your side gives a tremendous sense of support,” says Gasse. “Every little bit helps.”

Click here to read the full story.

Giving to education

A 1968 graduate, Lucy Kisway has been a consistent supporter of McMaster. She was involved in campus beautification, her Class of ’68 project, and student bursaries.

"Education is one of the most important tools for improving society as a whole as well as developing world peace. I have always felt that if everyone in the world had access to a good education that would go a long way towards our understanding of others and would help us realize how much alike we are instead of thinking about our differences."

Click here to read the full story.

The home away from home

Alyssa Lai'12 graduate from Communications and Theatre & Film Studies, returns the favor for all that McMaster has given to her.

"Giving to McMaster is my way of contributing to the many efforts that make the university a special place to all students. It started with small steps. My first donation to the university was modest. But every year, as my earnings increased, so did my gift. Now, my yearly contribution has become an integral part of who I am as a personand it always will."

Click here to read the full story.

Thank you for all your support and love in 2018!