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Why Give

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Students are Ryerson’s top priority. Our fundraising goals aim to ensure that Ryerson will continue to provide students with exceptional experiences and opportunities in and beyond the classroom. These opportunities will equip students with the skills and experiences to build thriving careers in today’s global knowledge economy. Ryerson will continue to foster program and teaching excellence through its fundraising, investing in greater interdisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities, and a rich intellectual, social, technological and physical learning environment. Through scholarships and awards, program enhancement, new facilities and the latest technology, the support of our alumni and friends has direct impact on the lives of our students, strengthening our capacity to challenge, support and encourage our students to grow as responsible global citizens. 

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Ryerson’s vision is to be recognized as Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Because they understand the lasting value of innovation, our donors are helping us realize that vision. From new research and policy centres to world-leading entrepreneurial zones, Ryerson is developing the talent, incubating the ideas and innovations, and generating the economic, social and cultural advances that enrich the fabric of society and improve the quality of life. At Ryerson, we invite alumni, friends and organizations to partner with us in this work, to help us invest deeply in our researchers, our students, and our learning environments. Join us – encourage entrepreneurial thinking and an innovation ecosystem in which ideas thrive.

Ryerson students during orientation week at downtown campus

Ryerson is a city builder. This is evident in our expanding campus footprint, helping to revitalize our downtown neighbourhood. It is evident in our engagement with the community, through programming and research partnerships, experiential learning, and more. And it is evident in the ways we work with, learn from and benefit those around the university. Ryerson itself is a diverse community, and we are constantly pursuing new ways to collaborate with, interact with, and include the communities around us because we understand that this is what leads to a vibrant learning environment. Support from alumni and friends strengthens those connections. Your gift can help us pursue new and expanded partnerships with greater reach and potential for creating positive change in the community. Your gift can help create the bridges between the community and campus, opening doors to students who might not otherwise be able to attend university. And your gift can help build the Ryerson of the future – contributing to the cultural, social and economic vitality of the city, country and beyond.

Dr. Bala Venkatesh, at the Centre for Urban Energy (CUE)

Excellence in scholarly, research and creative activity has been fundamental to Ryerson’s evolution as a comprehensive innovation university. Ryerson will continue to build a culture that drives innovation across all sectors, and fosters inquiry, discovery, knowledge and creative works. Ryerson has attracted a 65% increase in researching funding over the last five years. We are home to 20 Canada Research Chairs, several endowed Chairs in select areas, and a wide variety of research-intensive Centres and Institutes. Ryerson has outperformed all other undergraduate-focused universities in producing peer-reviewed academic publications; an increase of 764% over the last 15 years. Gifts from alumni and friends strengthen Ryerson’s ability to attract and retain world-class faculty members, produce leading-edge research, and provide our students with the kind of learning experiences that shape a life and career.