The President

The time is now for York University to make our impact. Since our establishment in 1959, we’ve pushed boundaries and explored the unknown through groundbreaking research, leading-edge programs and a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, researchers, donors, friends and nearly 300,000 alumni making an impact all over the world – in fact, that is what we’ve done best.

Our impact can also be seen and felt in many of the exciting developments taking place across the University, including the 50th anniversary celebrations at both our Glendon campus and our world-renowned Schulich School of Business; the opening of our Lassonde School of Engineering’s new home, the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence; and our expansion into York Region with the upcoming Markham Centre campus.

As you may have heard, we recently received an incredible $20 million gift from alumnus Victor Phillip Dahdaleh – the largest gift ever made by a York graduate and the largest international gift in the University’s history. Through this visionary support, we are establishing The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health, which will serve as a catalyst for international dialogue and collaboration in innovative health research and teaching.

Building on this tremendous growth, this spring’s public launch of Impact: The Campaign for York University is our most ambitious fundraising and alumni engagement campaign to date. I know I speak for all of us at York when I note how thrilled we are about it. This $500 million effort will expand our limits of possibility and help to provide the necessary resources to bring York to the forefront of higher education and research in Canada.

This campaign is our promise that together we can drive advances both in the classroom and in communities around the world. As York alumni, you are our most passionate and important ambassadors, and your support and participation are ­critical to our success. Eighty per cent of all donations to York come directly from our graduates. This wonderful generosity tells us that our alumni understand what York needs in order to succeed and are actively engaging in our mission.

The Campaign for York University is a challenge to the entire community to assist us in supporting the unmatched accomplishments of our scholars, fuelling growth and opening minds everywhere. As we embark on this journey, we look to you to help us bring York’s vision to the world.

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